When it comes to home cooking, Europe offers some of the most approachable and tasty dishes and recipes you’ll find. From Italian pasta and pizza to French pastries and stews, the culinary talents of the Europeans are famous the world over, and they’re extremely popular among those who prefer a home cooked dish to eating out.
It’s not just food that Europe is famous for either, as they’re also renowned for producing some of the best wines in the world. Of course France is the leader here (particularly regions such as Bordeaux and Champagne), but you’ll also find beautiful wines from the rest of Europe too, from robust Italian reds to sweet German Riesling.
While we’re all pretty comfortable picking dishes and wines we like however, pairing the two together successfully can be a little trickier. It’s more complicated than simply matching the colour of the wine to the colour of the meat, but when you get it right it can really elevate your meal and bring out the flavours of both the food and the wine.
Luckily however, villa holiday specialist Oliver’s Travels have taken some of the pain and confusion out of successfully pairing your dishes with the appropriate vino, with their superb interactive guide to European food and wine pairings.
This lovingly crafted and beautifully illustrated piece takes you on an interactive journey through seven European countries, from the UK and Ireland to Greece, taking in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Croatia along the way. Each country is broken down into regions, and examining each one will give you a veritable feast of local delicacies and provide a complementary wine pairing to go with each one. Not only does this take the pain out of choosing your own pairings, but each one has an explanation as to why the match works, helping you learn and experiment with your own pairings as you go.
You’ll also find regional highlights for each country, interesting facts and figures and even downloadable ‘cheat sheets’ for each country, ensuring you can impress your guests with your food and wine knowledge at your next dinner party.