Being a total eater and drinker, it was only a matter of time until I dropped my fork and put down my wineglass to pick up Perfect Pairings: A Master Sommelier’s Practical Advice for Partnering Wine with Food. Author and pal Evan Goldstein partnered up with his mom, the fab Joyce Goldstein, on this enjoyable (and approachable) book that offers an overview about pairing wine, and then talks about 12 individual varietals in depth, and how to pair food with them. There are 58 recipes that are designed to showcase a number of varietals, and vice versa. I also like how it highlights what doesn’t work well (like no sangiovese with really spicy food). I’ve been trying to read a chapter a night. I should be cooking a recipe and drinking a bottle a night too, but I wouldn’t get much reading done, would I?
by Evan Goldstein