Tim Hanni, MW on Food and Wine pairing: It's Bu@^#%t!


Was this comment meant to appease a specific group of people at a Sauv Blanc Convention or is he trying to start a revolution? 

I guess I understand some of what he's saying about generalizations not necessarily matching people and specific dishes, but then he goes off topics and starts talking about arrogant categorization, so I'm having trouble following his entire argument. Having spent hours finding the best pairing for a dish at times, I think I can comfortably say I disagree with this type of sentiment. 


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  • I watched his video on this awhile ago. It's more in depth, about peoples' different physiological reactions to different taste sensations.  Like, some people get pleasure from heightened spiciness so telling someone they can't have a tannic wine with a curry is taking away from their pleasure.  If you drank pickle juice as a child you likely prefer high acid wines because you are ultra sensitive to bitterness. So it really is about matching the wine to the person and not necessarily the food.

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