Champagne and McDonald's fries? This book teaches you how to pair wine with your favourite everyday foods

Anya Meyerowitz
·2-min read
Ever wanted to know what wine goes well with a burger, a peanut butter and jam sandwich or crisps? (Getty Images)
Ever wanted to know what wine goes well with a burger, a peanut butter and jam sandwich or crisps? (Getty Images)

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Did you know that Sancerre and Cheetos go together like milk and cookies?

Neither did we, but those are exactly the type of brave, bizarre and downright brilliant food and wine pairings that will enhance your evenings in for the foreseeable future.

We didn’t go through extensive sommelier training to find this out, we simply picked up a copy of Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World.

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.

The book shows you what wine to pair with your favourite everyday foods, from McDonald's fries to Honey Nut Cheerios (yes, really).

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.

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.

You’ll be hard-pressed not to look at wine differently forevermore - plus, it will impress your friends when we’re finally able to have dinner parties.

Buy it: Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World | £13.61 (Was £18.99) from Amazon

Also available from Waterstones

The book has received hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon, with fans sharing the excitement they found through the book.

“This is wonderfully done! A fresh take on a guide to wine,” wrote one reviewer. “Witty, whimsical, dually high brow and low brow, for people really into wine or just want to learn a little more.”

Another shopper added that it has enhanced their TV snacking: “I don’t know much about wine and this book simplified it for me! It also made choosing snacks for my Netflix binges a lot easier to pair with what I have in the wine fridge. It’s educational and easy to follow.”

While another shopper said: “This is the perfect wine roadmap for wine novices like me. No longer is wine for fine dining with strange rituals. Big Macs & Burgundy shakes things up. The next time I enjoy my seasonal favourite, pumpkin pie, I’ll make sure it’s accompanied by a Rutherglen Muscat.”

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