"Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World" Book by Vanessa Price



“Wine with your Cheetos? It’s more likely than you think.”

Sancerre and Cheetos go together like milk and cookies. The science behind this unholy alliance is as elemental as acid, fat, salt, and minerals. Wine pro Vanessa Price explains how to create your own pairings while proving you don’t necessarily need fancy foods to unlock the joys of wine. Building upon the outsize success of her weekly column in Grub Street, Price offers delightfully bold wine and food pairings alongside hilarious tales from her own unlikely journey as a Kentucky girl making it in the Big Apple and in the wine business. Using language everyone can understand, she reveals why each dynamic duo is a match made in heaven, serving up memorable takeaways that will help you navigate any wine list or local bottle shop. Charmingly illustrated and bubbling with personality, Big Macs & Burgundy will open your mind to the entirely fun and entirely accessible wine pairings out there waiting to be discovered—and make you do a few spit-takes along the way.


Born and raised as a Southern Baptist in Louisville (Loo-a-vul), Kentucky to parents who didn’t take a sip of alcohol in front of her until she was an adult, Price’s unlikely entry into the wine world was a part-time job waiting tables at a local Kentucky winery. More than 15 years later, Price is now a certified Level 4 sommelier and has sold wines to some of the country’s most acclaimed fine dining restaurants such as Daniel and Jean-Georges. Discovering she had a deep interest and talent for making wine accessible to others, Price became an instructor for The Wine & Spirit Education Trust, in addition to writing about wine for several media outlets. She is the Creative Director and Founder of The Vinum Collective and is also developing a high-end restaurant and hotel concept set to open Spring 2022  in Montauk (The Hamptons).

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