Andrea Immer has been one of my favorite wine commentators (along with Jancis Robinson and Karen MacNeil) for a long time, and she has recently risen to the top courtesy of her stunningly good wine & food pairing book: Great Tastes Made Simple. Without a doubt, this has been the one book on wine pairing that I return to often, and always with (gastronomic) reward.
Future postings will go into a bit of detail on her suggested pairings, but try on the most basic for size:
- A French Sancerre
- An Italian Chianti
- Soft goat cheese
- Italian prosciutto
Try the wines individually with each of the foods, e.g., try the Sancerre with all 3 foods before moving to the Chianti, then try each of the foods with each of the wines. She delineates the different flavor profiles and what you should be experiencing with each of the combinations, but it is even more fun to try it on your own and see what you think. You will be quite impressed by what subtle flavors emerge in each of the different pairings -- who knew that Sancerre (tart, acid) would pair so well with goat cheese (tart, acid)?
If you want to get even deeper into Andrea's wine pairings, she just put out a beginner and advanced set of DVDs on the subject: