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Daring Pairings: A Master Sommelier Matches Distinctive Wines with Recipes from His Favorite Chefs Hardcover – April 28, 2010

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For resolute gourmets and connoisseurs, matching wine with food constitutes a chief preoccupation. Perception of a wine’s bouquet and its acidity and alcohol levels can profoundly affect one’s overall impression of food, and a dish’s spiciness, saltiness, and richness have a correlative effect. Bringing to bear a wealth of knowledge and experience, master sommelier Goldstein offers some novel approaches. His concern is not what foods go with ubiquitous varietals on the order of cabernet and zinfandel. Goldstein’s wines to be paired run to obscure grapes such as txacoli, assyrtiko, and mencia. Each wine comes with a wealth of information about nomenclature, geographic origin, and production. He inventories not only the sorts of foods that match well with specific wines but also those whose flavors clash with or obscure the wine’s best characteristics. He notes also useful cheese pairings. Renowned chefs have contributed recipes that especially complement each wine. --Mark Knoblauch

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Bringing to bear a wealth of knowledge and experience, Master Sommelier Goldstein offers some novel approaches.--"Booklist"

"A comprehensive guide (for) the adventurous wine explorer."--"San Antonio Express-News"

"One-up(s) his own 2006 "Perfect Pairings" by concentrating on wines from 36 lesser-known grape varieties. "--"Washington Post"

"Provides a lot to chew on. . . . Can help casual drinkers who are reaching for a new wine by offering a range of food pairing tips."--"Dr. Vino"

"A terrific book for anyone interested in answering the question, "Which wine with which dish?" "--Linda Murphy"Wine Review Online" (04/27/2010)

A terrific book for anyone interested in answering the question, Which wine with which dish? --Linda Murphy"Wine Review Online" (04/27/2010)"
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 364 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (April 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520254783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520254787
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By kiwanissandy VINE VOICE on March 2, 2011
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This book is awesome and covers lesser known grape varieties fabulously. I'm designing my own home wine tasting around the wines and recipes in this book! Each wine has a phonetic pronunciation, history of the grape, flavors, cheeses, and then pairing pointers, anti-pairings, as well as a wonderful recipe. My example is Torrontes, it's a less known grape from Argentina. Talks about alternative names and other countries that grow this grape well. Flavor lexicon of apricot, mango, honeysuckle, jasmine, among others. Similar to Viognier and Gewurztraminer. He then talks about the differences between aged vs. not aged, low-altitude vs. high-altitude vineyards, single variety vs. blended and then skin contact or no contact. It was tons of information that helped me better understand this variety. And this was just for one grape variety! There are over 35 varieties covered in this book. The Seafood Chowder that was paired with the Torrontes was excellent.
My wine tasting is going to cover an appetizer w/wine, entree/wine and then dessert w/wine. In addition I will have out the cheeses recommended. It doesn't get any simpler than this. I like this book and The Wine Club: A Month-by-Month Guide to Learning About Wine with Friends.
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I really enjoyed Goldstein's "Perfect Pairings - A Master Sommelier's Practical Advice for Partnering Wine with Food", but this book takes pairings to a new level with different wines. Its easy to become very "HO HUM" about wine and food combinations that we're comfortable with. This books challenges you to explore varietals that are not "HO HUM". It will be fun to do a wine tasting around some of his pairings and recipes.
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Very readable overview of the wines covered in the book - and the recipes are good too. This volume covers some of the less familar wines but provides even the novice with a boatload of information without a lot jargon. Get the "Perfect Pairing" volume by Goldstein for coverage of the more mainstream wines.
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The book gives background on edgy grapes with very detailed recipes. Tried a few dishes and they turned out fantastic!
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I work in a restaurant and this book offers a great perspective on how wine and food work together. Very helpful.
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