Pairings, Platter and People - a host of Guides

03 Dec 2009

Hello peeps,

Soooo exciting – the first wine newsletter on Food24. Not that this seems to be much about wine as it looks as if I have strayed over to Women24 this month, with all the news being about books.

I guess it is no surprise to everyone that books are featuring large at this time of year – I love giving books as pressies and to my mind, there is nothing better to receive than a book token (hope my husband is reading this). And if you are of a vinous turn, then there are three very different, all fantastic books out for you to buy this Christmas.

My first book for Christmas is the Food & Wine Pairing Guide for those of you who really need to know the best wine match for duck with sauerkraut (Pinot Noir apparently!). If you are into weird and wonderful eating and want to know what goes with what, I guarantee you that they will have thought of it.

For those of you who like to know EVERYTHING, check out my review of one of the most venerable of wine books – the John Platter Wine Guide. Now in its 30th year, it tells you everything you need to know and a whole lot more which you never knew existed either.

But if you don’t take wine and life that seriously (and why should you?), then take a look at the new wine book on the block, The People’s Guide. Written by Michael Olivier and Neil Pendock, this gives you the inside track to supermarket wine shopping. The book  rates more than 560 wines and offers a straightforward, easy-to-use  guide to what to buy, whatever your budget.

There has been huge debate over the last year about whether wine judges and tasters should know what wines they are tasted or whether they should be assessed ‘blind’ ie with the labels covered. Is this a fairer way of commenting on exactly what is in the bottle or should good tasters be able to see beyond the label and still offer an impartial opinion? Tell us what you think.

Food24 is giving away 5 copies of the fabulous The People’s Guide this week. All you have to do tell us what you think of the new Wine section. With news & features, the lowdown on grape varieties, everything you ever wanted to know about winemaking plus a host of wine-y, foodie events, it’s a one-stop wine portal for all your wine needs. All comments – positive and negative – welcomed and the most interesting, constructive and downright funny ones will each win a copy of the book.

Click here to enter the competition.

So happy drinking (follow my blog Drunk! If you want to see exactly what I’m happily drinking this week) and let us know your thoughts.



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