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What to Drink with What You Eat
by Andrew Dornenburg
Order:  USA  Can
Bulfinch, 2006 (2006)

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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Luigi Veronella, wine critic (1926-2004) said 'The flavor of a food almost always reveals the quality of a wine and exalts it. In turn, the quality of a wine complements the pleasure of a food and spiritualizes it.' The cover of this extraordinary book calls What to Drink with What You Eat 'The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea - Even Water - Based on Expert Advice from America's Best Sommeliers'.

Living in Pennsylvania with its State Store system, it has been hard to get any kind of suggestions as to what wine I should buy to go with the meal I plan to serve. Where has this guide been all my adult life? Never mind. I'm glad it's available now. So should you be. A quote by Traci Des Jardins (chef, Jardinere, San Francisco) - 'You need to pay attention to the reaction between wine and food, because a great wine can be spoiled by a mismatched flavor' - reminded me that I truly didn't know much about what foods go with what wines and vice versa.

Now's your chance. Be the envy of friends and coworkers when you can peruse a wine list and pick just the right wines. Great wines with great foods. Or how about a Zinfandel with Doritos. 'Don't laugh, but spicy Doritos go great with a Dry Creek Valley or Sonoma County Zinfandel!' says Scott Tyree, sommelier, Tru (Chicago). Name a food and there is a wine to enhance or blend flavors with oh, say, chili or chickpeas or chocolate. Maybe a Bararesco or Barolo with venison. Possibly a Beaujolais with salmon. Could ceviche be your dish? Then a Sancerre or Sauvignon Blanc are among the suggestions to accompany it.

What to Drink with What You Eat will become your bible of wines. There is too much wonderful information, quotes and tips for me to give more than a flavor here. Just take it from me that this book is a must for your very own library shelves. Would I steer you wrong? Never!

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