Telegraph yesterday had pages to trumpet a new book
The simple guide to wine and food pairing by Raul Diaz (£30)
Each time I think about a particular wine, I dream a bit about its country of origin, the location of the vineyard and the people. Very quickly this leads to craving foods that pair well with that wine.
I don’t think the people so unsure of their wine choices they are willing to pay £30 for a ‘simple guide to wine and food pairing’ will be knowing where a vineyard is or knowing of the people who make the wine.
Reading the threads here on Weekend and Weekday Wines show that this community has very different ideas about what makes a good pairing, and so there’s very few co-incidences.
My own philosophy is to pick a wine that you like. If you find it clashes try something different next time you have that recipe. Find your own matches, we all have different tastes in food and in wine.
(I’m being critical of Raul Diaz. To be fair his £30 book does have his recipes and is likely to be sold for around half the cover price. Also he does say
Don’t be afraid to get creative and have fun experimenting with different combinations of your own choosing.
The article and recipes with his suggested match: