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Jul 2, 2007 08:48 PM

Suggested books as introduction for learning about wine and/or food and wine pairing? [Moved from Not About Food]

Just wondering if anyone could recommend a great, easy to read, and informative book about the art and culture about wine, and food and wine pairing? So much to know, and I've read up about it, but I want to be more in depth at this point. Thanks!

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  1. I would recommend checking out Andrea Immer's (Robinson) books at your local bookstore / library. She's the host of "Pairings with Andrea" on Fine Living and is a master sommelier who has a very user friendly approach to wines.

      1. re: carswell

        Thanks for that link. You saved me typing all those ISBNs again!

        Immer and Zraly are great starting points and should never be underestimated for the knowledge that they provide, especially as they are base on actually tasting the wines, not just reading about them.

        Also, still recommend "Wine Lover's Companion," as a great little resource. See cited thread for ISBNs, etc.


      2. "Windows on the World Complete Wine Course" (any edition, really), but 2008 is coming out soon. It's Kevin Zraly's wine class on paper. Or "Secrets from the Wine Diva" by Christine Ansbacher... it's a quick read and pretty informative.

        1. The best, by far, I've found are Andrea Immers' books: a) Great Wines Made Simple, b) Great Pairings Made Simple.

          (The author now may be listed on some editions as Andrea Immer Robinson.)

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          1. re: zin1953

            Thanks so much for all the info... I'll be sure to check it out!

          2. As others have noted, Andrea Immer is great.

            If you prefer something with a bit more narrative:

            Bacchus and Me, by Jay McInerney
            Red, White, and Drunk All Over, by Natalie MacLean

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            1. re: mengathon

              I LOVED Bacchus and Me:Adventures in the Wine Cellar, and the second one "A Hedonist in the Wine Cellar"