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Q&A with Alex Burch

Q&A with Alex Burch

Alex Burch, Bastion, Nashville

Which classic grape varietal is the most underrated?
Chardonnay is the most underrated varietal due to it’s huge range of expressions. You can find lean, bright, and clean expressions from Chablis with plenty of minerality and expression of terroir; complex, earthy, aged chardonnay from Burgundy with beautiful toffee and caramelized notes; and big, robust Chardonnay from California with butter and oak. All of this doesn’t even include its use in Champagne.

What kind of flavors inspire you most?
It’s a mixed bag, but I love citrus, spice, and smoke, which probably leads to a love of white wines from Pouilly-Fume and the Mosel with flint and high acidity and red wines from the Northern Rhône Valley covered with smoke, spice, and meat.

Choose a drink to match with pork – and why?
Mosel Riesling-these wines can range from bone dry to cloyingly sweet, yet still have a vibrant acidity. These attributes allow the wine to cut through fatty dishes, mellow spice, or match sweet accoutrements.

WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?

WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?

"2016 Event of the Year!"
Time Out New York

"Raising the Bar for Dining Festivals"
LA Times

"The Porcine Equivalent of Christmas"
Seattle Metropolitan

"Pork-tastic Goodness!"
Food & Wine Magazine

"Stunning in its Professionalism"
Jonathan Gold

"Stunning in its Professionalism"
Jonathan Gold

"Cochon555 Features Some of The Best Chefs in Town"
Time Magazine

"Everyone’s Favorite Pork-centric Cooking Competition"
Zagat

"A Great Celebration, the Ultimate Pig Out"
Bon Appetit

"Chefs Bring Their A-Game for a Cause"
Eater

"Enough About Bacon! Let's Talk Whole Hog"
The Seattle Times

"Cochon555, a Touring Porcine Bacchanalia Slash Competition"
SF Weekly

"A Super Bowl of Swine, Bite After Bite of Swoon Worthy Swine"
Denver Westword

"The Pork Flowed Like Wine at Cochon555"
Eat Me Daily

Cochon555, the competitive celebration of heritage pork... [+] Eater

Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe is a tireless champion of heritage pigs... [+] Food Republic

Heritage-breed pigs in the competition yield melt-in-your mouth chops that you’ll crave for days... [+] The Village Voice

Meant to raise awareness about heritage-breed pigs and sustainable and socially responsible farming... [+] Miami New Times

Are designer pigs worth the money? Brady Lowe of Cochon 555 breaks down the difference... First We Feast [+]

Where can you find 3,500 pounds of Heritage breed pigs, locally sourced... The Daily Meal [+]

This culinary competition celebrates famil

Whole heritage-breed pigs in a head to tail showcase for a crowd of pork-loving gourmands… The Huffington Post

One of the country’s most delightfully decadent food fests... Chicago Tribune [+]

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