Daring Pairings: A Master Sommelier Matches Distinctive Wines with Recipes from His Favorite Chefs / Edition 1

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The best wine and food pairings create harmony among unexpected flavors. Chardonnay, Riesling, and Merlot are classic pairing choices, but less conventional grape varieties like Albariño, Grenache, Grüner Veltliner, Malbec, and Tempranillo are becoming increasingly popular, coveted by those with curious palates and a taste for good value.
In Daring Pairings, the adventurous companion to the acclaimed Perfect Pairings, Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein shows how anyone can bring these emerging, exciting varieties to the table. He ventures into wine's new frontiers, exploring the flavors and pairing potential of thirty-six distinctive grapes from around the world, including Argentina, Spain, Italy, Greece, and France.
In his entertaining and approachable style, Goldstein offers advice on crafting unforgettable wine and food pairings, suggests wines for everyday and special occasions, and recommends producers and importers. Thirty-six star chefs present recipes specially tailored to Goldstein's wine selections, and full-color photographs display these dishes in delectable splendor. This authoritative, down-to-earth guide reveals that pairing food and wine is no great mystery—anyone willing to explore or experiment can create bold and memorable combinations.

With recipes and commentary from:

Nate Appleman, Dan Barber, Ben Barker, Paul Bartolotta,Michelle Bernstein, Floyd Cardoz, Robert Del Grande, Tom Douglas, Suzanne Goin, Joyce Goldstein, Christopher Gross, Fergus Henderson, Gerald Hirigoyen, Philippe Jeanty, Douglas Keane, Hubert Keller, Loretta Keller, David Kinch, Evan Kleiman, Mourad Lahlou, Michael Leviton, Emily Luchetti, Laurent Manrique, Lachlan M. Patterson, Cindy Pawlcyn, Anne S. Quatrano, Michael Romano, Susan Spicer, Frank Stitt, Craig Stoll, Ethan Stowell, Charlie Trotter, Larry Tse, Richard Vellante, Vikram Vij, Kate Zuckerman

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Editorial Reviews

Wine Review Online - Linda Murphy
“A terrific book for anyone interested in answering the question, “Which wine with which dish?” “
Bringing to bear a wealth of knowledge and experience, Master Sommelier Goldstein offers some novel approaches.
San Antonio Express-News
“A comprehensive guide (for) the adventurous wine explorer.”
Food & Wine Online
“Explores the pairing potential of 36 emerging grape varietals, matching each grape with recipes from star chefs.”
SF Chronicle
“Goldstein has put serious thought into how flavors of wines like Albarino work with food, a through-the-looking-glass work that educates on a little-considered topic.”
La Cucina Italiana
“An exploration of 36 wine varieties. Each wine is paired with a recipe tailored for the match by a renowned chef.”
Dr. Vino
“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.”
Washington Post
“One-up(s) his own 2006 "Perfect Pairings" by concentrating on wines from 36 lesser-known grape varieties. “
Library Journal
The word daring describes this wine and food book perfectly. Expanding on his Perfect Pairings, Goldstein writes about little-known wine varietals, pairing them with recipes from his favorite chefs from across the country. Each of the 30 wines featured is described by origin, ideal climate, style, flavor, and more. One recipe is provided for each wine, and the chef and Goldstein comment on the pairing. Added features include a glossary of wine terms, short biographies of the chefs, a summary of wine styles, and a guide to shopping for wine. Some of the featured wines, such as Albariño, Roussanne, and Xinomavro, are not readily available in most neighborhood shops and supermarkets but can be found in finer wine stores and are not expensive, despite their rarity. VERDICT Wine lovers looking for variety will find the wines affordable and the recipes luscious and viable, although some ingredients may be available only in ethnic or specialty stores. Recommended for ambitious cooks and oenophiles.—Ann Weber, Bellarmine Coll. Preparatory Lib., San José, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520254787
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 384,544
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Evan Goldstein is a Master Sommelier and a four-time James Beard Award nominee for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year. He is the author of Perfect Pairings (UC Press) and Five Star Service: Your Guide to Hospitality Excellence, and is President and Chief Education Officer of Full Circle Wine Solutions.

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Table of Contents

List of Recipes

Introduction: Wine and Food Today
Creating Pairings That Work
How to Navigate the Grapes

White Wines
Chenin Blanc
Grüner Veltliner
Pinot Blanc

Red Wines
Cabernet Franc
Petit Sirah
Touriga Nacional

About the Chefs
Summary of Wine Styles
Shopping for Wine

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