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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Wine pairing goes high-tech

Guidelines for pairing wines and foods have long been found in the print domain, in the form of books, brochures and wine wheels (including the one Andrea Immer did for Target a few years ago). Now you can do research on the Web, or consult a guide on your trusty iPod.

Wine writer Natalie MacLean has introduced a wine-pairing utility on her Web site that reportedly is capable of generating more than 360,000 matches. This is a potentially handy tool that works two ways: If you're trying to figure out an appropriate wine to match with a dish you intend to serve, it will do that -- and if you need some recipe suggestions for that bottle of Madiran you've been saving, they're just a few clicks away.

If you have a video-capable iPod, you can carry a wine-pairing resource in your pocket. Although its database isn't nearly as extensive as MacLean's, the PocketPairings Wine Survival Guide provides some good basic guidance -- and it's free! It's just at version 1.0, so we can perhaps anticipate some refinements in future releases.
M. Zane Grey, 2:33 PM