A chatty and informative guide that gives you the lowdown on wine and how to make the most of it.
Wine & Food offers a fresh look at the global wine scene with detailed information on more than 20 grapes and styles. Understanding storing and pouring wine, and what food to serve it with teaches you exactly how to pick the right wine every time. The way we buy wine, serve it, enjoy it and match it with food has changed enormously in the last decade, so start with the basics at The Bar where you’ll find all the latest information on glasses, equipment, storage, temperature and trends on the current scene. Head to The Cellar for taste and flavor notes on reds, whites, rosé, fizz, fortified and dessert wines, from Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Port to Chardonnay, Sherry and Champagne help you to decide which style is best for you and what to drink it with. Once you’ve discovered all the detail you need on your wine, head to The Store Cupboard for an exploration of how to pair it with food. With sections on meat, fish (you really can pair red wine with fish!), veg, spice, sauce and cheese, including four cheese flights for entertaining, you’ll be prepared to enhance your dish with no more than a pour. Also included are ten breakout pieces that take a playful look at unusual subjects, including a Same Wine Different Glass Test, The Truth About Tannin and Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wine, that really bring the enjoyment of drinking wine to life.
Jane Parkinson is an award-winning wine writer. She’s a wine expert on Saturday Kitchen (BBC 1), Wine Editor for Restaurant magazine and recommends wines with recipes in Stylist. Jane also contributes to a range of publications including Square Meal and Decanter and is often heard voicing her opinion in newspapers, on television and on radio. She is one of five members in The Wine Gang, an independent group of wine specialists, and is a regular presenter at events and fairs such as the BBC GoodFood Show. She is the winner of the Chairman’s Award at the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2009 and the Communicator of the Year Award at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014.