Reading Adam Centamore’s Tasting Wine and Cheese is akin to taking a course in the art of pairing. It’s no wonder; Centamore teaches sold-out interactive pairing workshops near and far. He knows his wine and cheese!
A self-described “wine nerd,” Centamore is certified by the Elizabeth Bishop Wine Program, is a member of the French Wine Society and Society of Wine Educators, and he teaches at Boston center for Adult Education and Formaggio Kitchen. We all know that some wine nerds can be…um…fussy, but Centamore is different; he seems to have fun with it!
Adam gives general guidelines about flavor, temperature, and texture, but he stresses above all else—and this is the fun part—the most important thing about pairing is that you eat and drink what makes you happy. All ‘rules’ aside, if you like it, it works!
The side stories add personality to Tasting Wine and Cheese, but it’s the thoughtful notes on the pairs that will make you come back to it again and again. Like any good teacher, Adam starts at the beginning. His first lesson is about taste, and then he moves on to the basics of pairings. He wants the reader to slow down, to notice flavors, textures, and smells.
Along with being informative, Tasting Wine and Cheese is truly gorgeous and well organized. Beautiful photographs complement the text on every page. Whether you’re thinking of hosting a wine and cheese tasting, or you just want a more complex understanding for gourmet combinations, this book works. Open to any page and start there, or read the book cover to cover for an immersion into the nuances of pairings. And for sure, it is a book that’s best enjoyed with a glass of wine, and perhaps, a bit of cheese!
Review by Brooke McDonough condensed and reprinted from edible South Shore & South Coast. Read complete review here.
Join us for a Local cheese and wine tasting lead by the author. 7:00pm, Thursday, May 19, 2016. Hosted by the South Shore Locavores.
We’ve received permission from the Town of Kington to taste wine at the event! We’ll be featuring Travessia Winery’s Massachusetts made wines as well as their new line of Portuguese wines, Penada Wine, from their family farm.
“All ‘rules’ aside, if you like it, it works!” Adam Centamore