Although I didn't really start appreciating good wine untiI I was in my 30s, I now consider myself to be a bit of an oenophile and I'm always looking to improve my wine knowledge. While in my 20s I was more focused on the quanitity of the wine I was drinking rather than the quality, these days, I'm definitely more focused on finding and appreciating a nice tipple.
As many people know, the wine world has a reputation for being a bit stuffy, so it's great to come across a book that is not only accessible for any wine fan, but is playful in its approach. Big Macs & Burgundy Wine Pairings for the Real World by Vanessa Price with Adam Laukhauf, is focused on the more unusual wine pairings that people likely wouldn't think to pair. From Cheetos paired with Sancerre to Honey Nut Cheerios with Mendoza Chardonnay, Vanessa recommends a variety of weird and wonderful combinations to tantalise the tastebuds.
The key to pairing wine with foods is to get the perfect balance of acid, fat, salts and minerals to unlock the best flavours of both the food and the wine. For more novice wine connoisseurs, Vanessa also provides some helpful tasty tips to get you started on your journey to tasting like a pro.
We think this book is nothing short of genius, and it will certainly give you the ability to impress your friends with your wacky pairings knowledge at your next dinner party!
Big Macs & Burgundy Wine Pairings for the Real World by Vanessa Price and Adam Laukhauf is published by Abrams Books. Available from Amazon.co.uk for £15.39.
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