I am a big fan of delicious, healthy food that looks and taste spectacular paired with affordable well-made wine. My friend and colleague, Amy Gross aka Vinesleuth has co-written a terrific ebook with delicious and simple dinner recipes paired with wine.
As you’re growing your enjoyment of food and wine together, this is a great place to start. The “ingredients” that make this book fabulous are the 19 dinner recipes call for basic ingredients, are very all-American and each dinner has a wide spectrum of wines from which to choose.
When I started learning to pair wine, I spent a lot of time and money at my neighborhood Bevmo for the first 5 years. Every night, I’d open 4-5 bottles of wine and taste them (not drink them!) with whatever meal I made. I kept notes on a laptop on my kitchen. I added books, videos and tasting at wineries to the mix and eventually taught myself to pair. If Amy’s book was available then, I would have bought it for sure!
My suggestion is download the book* and make all the recipes and try all of the wines. You can buy 2-3 wines (or more) and try them all in one night or try a different wine every time you make the dish. Don’t skip over the grapes you are unfamiliar with or think you don’t like. As I’ve written before, if you don’t like a wine/grape it’s only because you haven’t met the winemaker that you like yet. This is a wonderful opportunity to expand your horizons. (All the wines are easy to find by the way.)
*The book is Free today January 25, 2013 and $3 after that. You can download it to your computer as well as a Kindle. Enjoy!