Jared Hooper, Faith and Flower, Los Angeles

Which classic grape varietal is the most underrated?
Grenache. It’s lovely, versatile, expressive and fun. It’s sometimes jokingly referred to as a poor man’s Pinot Noir which isn’t too far off, except I’d add it tends to wear a motorcycle jacket.

What kind of flavors inspire you most?
I hesitate to say there’s a particular flavor that inspires me, it feels too much like putting the cart before the horse. If I’m to be inspired, it’s going to be in the context of a discovery. The best aha moments almost always seem to be an accident. I hate it when people give me tasting notes as I’m drinking. Shut the hell up!

Choose a drink to match with pork – and why?
My go to with pork are Rhône varieties, grenache, syrah, Mourvèdre, BUT, If I left it there, I’d be going against everything I just said. My most recent happy accident/aha moment with pork is Scheurebe, a German crossing of Riesling and an unknown grape. It’s crisp, off dry, vibrant, and sexy. A perfect foil for pork.