A few months ago I went to visit a friend at one of my favorite local tasting rooms, I. Brand & Family. I was picking Erin's brain about what wines to pair with our Moroccan Thanksgiving feast. And she introduced me to this book: What to Drink with What You Eat by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page.* Well, she introduced me to the app on her phone. But, since I don't have a smart phone, she told me about the book which I immediately went home and ordered.
This is a resource I've been dreaming about for years. I just didn't know it existed.
I've only had this book for about two months, but I grab it off the shelf with alarming regularity. You can look up by foods. See above when I looked up "Spinach", it lists possible pairings that include a red (Beaujolais), whites (no oak Chardonnay), and even a non-alcoholic option (lemonade, sparkling water with lemon).
You can also look up by grape varietals to get suggestions. Now I know that wine pairings aren't hard and fast rules...at least I don't think there are hard and fast rules. This book gives you a range of ideas from which you can read what might work well. And of the dozen or so pairings I've tried, each have been a homerun.
I ended up pairing some wilted spinach with an unoaked Chardonnay from a local winemaker. I'll tell you more about that later. But I can't rave about this book enough. If you ever pair wine with food, you need this book! I am so glad Erin told me about it!!
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Here's what everyone else read in January 2018: here.