Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World

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Introducing “Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World” – the ultimate guide to elevating your everyday meals with the perfect wine pairings! This revolutionary book takes the mystery out of wine and food matching, showing you how to create unforgettable experiences right in your own home.
Written by acclaimed wine expert and sommelier, Natsumi Nishida, “Big Macs & Burgundy” breaks away from traditional notions of fancy wine pairings and instead focuses on pairing wines with the foods we actually love to eat. Whether you’re devouring a juicy burger, indulging in a cheesy pizza, or savoring a comforting bowl of spaghetti, this book has got you covered.
Inside, you’ll find an extensive selection of delicious recipes, each expertly paired with the perfect wine to enhance your dining experience. From full-bodied reds to crisp whites and sparkling rosés, Natsumi Nishida expertly guides you through the world of wine, unraveling its complexities and providing easy-to-follow recommendations that will satisfy both novice wine enthusiasts and seasoned connoisseurs.
But “Big Macs & Burgundy” goes beyond just wine pairings – it’s a celebration of the simple joys in life. With vibrant illustrations and engaging anecdotes, this book will transport you to a world of culinary delight and inspire you to explore new flavors and textures. Whether you’re hosting a casual dinner party or seeking to elevate your weeknight meals, this book is your go-to companion for unlocking the perfect match between wine and food.
So, if you’ve ever wondered which wine goes best with your favorite comfort foods, “Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World” is the ultimate answer. Order your copy today and prepare to embark on a flavor-filled journey that will revolutionize the way you think about wine pairing!

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5 reviews for Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World

  1. Alex Reid

    Love this book, super approachable and written in a very laid back way

  2. Laura Garzon

    This is a relatable book on a topic that is mostly presented as an unrelatable bougie one

  3. Rusty Gaffney MD

    I am a wine writer and wine critic so take this into account in this review.

    This is a terrific book on wine that I have read twice. This book presents wine varietal knowledge in very understandable terms, suggests perfect pairings of common foods and wines, and does all this in the context of the writer’s life experiences in wine, which often led me to laugh out loud. There is no pretentiousness to be found.

    Vanessa Price, who authored this book along with Adam Laukhuf, has worked in many sides of the wine industry in addition to writing a wine column for New York Magazine. Her column in this magazine became the catalyst for the book. The result was a plethora of food and wine pairing suggestions and ideas for the readers to create their own pairings. There is an emphasis on the consumer experimenting and understanding that there are no wrong pairings. There are many wine tips as well regarding decanting wine, storing wine safely, and winegrowing methods.

    I tried out some of the suggested pairings. Big Macs are a suggested pairing for red Burgundy, but I found California Pinot Noir works equally well. I happen to love to snack on Cheez-Its, especially the Extra Toasty version, so I tried the recommended white Priorat from Spain and I agree the result is unami Xanadu. I had a bottle of Calera Viognier in my cellar the tried it with the recommended Mac & Cheese and this pairing was right on, with the creamy, low-acid Viognier cutting the sharpness of the cheese and providing a creamy comfort to the pasta.

    Keep this book in your kitchen as a handy reference. Although you want have all the suggested wines in your home cellar, the majority of them are readily available through your local retailer or market.

  4. moussa sacha mobarak

    Picked up this book as it came well recommended by a wine loving friend. It’s been a great resource and a fun read. The book does not simply call for paring wines with Big Macs (Burgandy), PB&J (Lambrusco) or quesadillas (red rioja), but rather guides the reader through a series of heuristics on how best to compliment or mimic the flavors of the foods you’re eating. Flavors are dissected and a methodology of pairing is explained so the reader will understand to look the acidity in a wine against salt, or a flavorful wine to overcome the taste masking effects of fat, or how to pair sweet with sweet. All this is easily explained while bringing you on a tour of wine, wine history, production, grapes, and regions. I went from approaching the wine store and “knowing what I liked” to a real understanding of why I like particular wines and how to easily buy the right wine to enhance a meal.

  5. J. Rossi

    I wish I were more eloquent writer, and then I could write the review that this book deserves. But what I can say is that I savored every minute that I spent reading this book. Equal parts, witty, funny, passionate and educational, you simply cannot go wrong in purchasing this book. I like wine, I love food, and I really love pairing them. This book gave me so many ideas that I would never have thought of, and expanding my mind more than I can say. I learned so much about wine by reading it, that I feel like I could sweep a Jeopardy category. Absolutely going to be buying additional copies for wine friends.

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