Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Food & Wine Pairings

Normally, I write about food, and mostly about cooking it... sometimes, I expand that to writing about my adventures, travels, meeting with food producers and proud shop keepers... all focusing on the food.   I don't think I've ever written about wine.  Mostly because I don't really know anything about it and, when entertaining, I ask others for pairing suggestions.  If left on my own, it's usually hit or miss.

But I was sent a copy of Unquenchable, by Natalie MacLean, who is an award winning author, including four time James Beard Foundation Award winner and I'm glad I agreed.  Check out my review here.  Great stories, interesting insights for those of us who are not true aficionados, lots of reasonable options for those of us who don't want to spend a fortune on wine.

As usual, when reviewing a book, I head over to the author's web site.  Natalie has an awesome one with tons of information about the wines, the pairing options, videos, books, articles...naturally my favorite section is recipes...and she even has a few apps to share.

She's now touring Canada promoting her book and I encourage you to head out to meet her if you can.  There's still time to get your tickets to a dinner at Seasons Atlantica November 27th   The menu has me drooling.    She even has a free - and very cool wine pairing app for your smartphone to take with you.  I just downloaded it myself!

Now I just have to figure out which pasta dish (and which wine to pair it with) to make for this week's Presto Pasta Night Roundup, hosted by HoneyB of The Live & Loves of Grumpy's HoneyBunch  Send your entries to grumpyshoneybunch (at) yahoo (dot) com and cc ruth (at) 4everykitchen (dot) com


Joanne said...

I don't know anything about wine either and it makes me feel like kind of a nuisance whenever I go out to eat (i.e. on a date) and have to choose a glass. Maybe I should pick up this book!

Ruth Daniels said...

Not to mention that it's a very juicy read! Great travelogue, interesting interviews. And if you have a smart phone, I downloaded her wine app which will help you decide when you're in a restaurant, or want to pick up a bottle to bring home.

Pierce said...

I love travelogues and the info about phone apps for this is a great - thanks for sharing that.

Helene said...

I would love to read this book, I heard she is from my area. I still have to learn a lot about wine.