Top 10 new drinks books

28th September, 2017 by Lucy Shaw

The Wine Dine Dictionary by Victoria Moore, £20, published by Granta

One of the wittiest and most honest voices in wine, Victoria Moore, The Telegraph’s wine whiz, aims to solve every possible food and wine pairing conundrum with her Wine Dine Dictionary – an indispensible kitchen bible.

Arranged A-Z by food at one end and A-Z by wine at the other, the handbook will help you make more informed, creative, and darn right delicious choices about what to eat and drink, from Rhône Syrah with rilletes, crispy duck pancakes with a New Zealand Pinot and Petit Verdot with pigeon to an Islay whisky with kippers.

The book begins with an exploration into flavour and taste perception, delving into the science of flavour and how we taste wine. Depending on whether you want to build a meal around a wine or vice versa, you can start at the front of the book with the food, or the back with the wine.

Like having a knowledgeable but non-judgemental sommelier by your side, Moore doesn’t just explain what pairs with what, but why and how the combination works. Written with authority, warmth and wit, it’s the kind of book you’ll keep dipping into for inspiration.

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