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is a fantastic option.” of thing. And of course it must include food and wine! ” If you see a few more German Rieslings on the menu at The exploration of food and Kimpton, than a typical wine list, wine isn’t just about enjoyment. well, there is a perfectly good It also brings home the bacon. reason for it. It was Wojcik’s Finding the perfect wines for the first encounter with wine and it extensive and every changing made an indelible stain on her wine program at Kimpton is all palate. “German Riesling was about discovering new wines my favorite growing up. I used and their food affinities. “I could Kimpton Gray Hotel, Chicago to drink my glass and switch never pick just one,” she adds. with my sister’s full glass during “ I think my favorite wines are dinners so I’d always get double, something obscure I haven’t and refills too! “ And there is a bit of loyalty when it even had yet.” comes to another German beverage. “My first beer was at German Fest when I was four.” I wish I could Travel allows her to continue the hunt. “I love to travel. claim that instead of the Budweiser that was my first It’s all I have wanted to do since I can remember.” alcoholic beverge. German beer sounds so much “For most of my life, it’s been Europe or anywhere more haute cuisine. in California.” But now that she lives in California, she Wojcik’s picks for her favorite finds herself craving Europe, food and wine pairings are also a lot. And I know this for a fairly discerning. Of course, she fact. Katherine has been on couldn’t pick just one, I mean, several of our “camps” to Italy, who could, right? France, Germany and coming up in September, Spain. “I love “Rioja and vegetarian stew,” walking around the city streets, she closes her eyes and sighs, taking in the architecture, and “it was in an old farmhouse looking at life in other places. in Rioja of course” she says, Everything is so close – you Hotel Van Zandt, Austin, Texas and keeps talking. “Tomato can wake up in Barcelona, Tart and Rosé overlooking the have lunch in Champagne, and Mediterranean Sea, Dry Riesling and Thanksgiving, dinner in Germany. I’m not great at sitting on a beach Bistecca Fiorentina and bold Tuscan Wine, Sherry and doing nothing, my mind moves too fast.” and Marcona Almonds with Jamon …Champagne and anything,” she adds, “and the list goes on!” Yeah, I wondered if she had a favorite cuisine, and it turns they all sound pretty amazing. Enjoying them with out, again, she cannot pick just one. “I like the cuisine someone else, priceless. from where I am in the moment. When traveling, I seek out the That someone is Oscar, most authentic restaurants that Wocjcik’s fiancé. “Oscar and I are the best representation met when he was the Chef and of that city, region, or culture. I was the GM of a restaurant.” When home, authenticity is a So yeah, food and wine is must if I’m looking for something their life. And it pretty much Italian, French, Japanese, etc.” dictates their dates too. “I It’s a good thing she lives in like to be outside so often it’s San Francisco. I can’t think of a some sort of activity. I love better place to find exactly that the Hollywood Bowl, concerts kind of variety and authenticity. in the park, hiking, that kind Hotel Monaco, Washington DC 10 th ANNIVERSARY 17