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Aug 6, 2013 12:05 PM

Advice on cooking with wine. Any good books that can help me learn good wine pairings?

Whenever I cook with wine, I normally end up grabbing a random white or red wine and im done with it.I understand that its recommended that you should only cook with a wine that you would drink but I dont really drink wine or care for it much. When I first started cooking with wine in high school, I would often be really lost at the wine store. So many different types from Cote de Rhones to Sauvignon Blanc. Now I just read the back of the bottles for the tasting notes in order to pair it with my dish or ask someone for assistance. I think understanding wine pairings would hasten my trips to the wine store. Any advice?

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  1. 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

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    1. re: maria lorraine

      What to Drink with What You Eat, by Dornenburg and Page: Absolutely the best book on the subject ever. No stone has been left unturned. Professionals turn to it!

      There is another wonderful book: "Perfect Pairings," by Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein and (his mother, the wonderful chef) Joyce Goldstein. Great recipes in there as well!

    2. Also, Great Tastes Made Simple, by Andrea Immer Robinson (also a master Sommelier) . . . but you really won't go wrong with any of the three books mentioned here.