is a sommelier, restaurateur, wine educator, and writer for New York
magazine, as well as the founder and creative director of The Vinum Collective (www.vinumco.com).
is the former editor in chief of the National
and a veteran of Vanity Fair
, and the New York Observer
, where he was executive editor.
" Big Macs & Burgundy is a joyous, life-affirming read. The food and wine descriptions are brilliant and often hilarious, and Vanessa Price is a warm, engaging guide. And her best trick? Doing what all the best teachers do: making you learn without realizing it."--Nick Jackson "master of wine and author of Beyond Flavour"
"Vanessa Price's writing is personal, engaging, and refreshingly unpretentious, distilling complex ideas into easily accessible language. This book may be arranged around food and wine pairings, yet with its impressive scope and breadth, it also serves as an excellent introduction to understanding wine in general. I'd recommend it to anyone looking to learn more about the world of wine."--Peter Liem "author of ChampagneGuide.net and the James Beard Foundation Award-winning book Champagne"
"This book is just so fun and truly what the wine world needs. Vanessa plays matchmaker to great effect here, and not just in terms of what to pair with Cardi B's Cheddar Bar-B-Que Chips, mozzarella sticks, or, my favorite, Sour Patch Kids. In disarming fashion, she demystifies and breaks down the what's-what in wine so as to leave you knowing that wine is not to be feared, but is, instead, your friend. Original, fun, smart, and empowering--it's perfect."--Richard Betts "winemaker and author of The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert"
"How fitting that a book about unexpected pairings is an unexpected pairing itself -- Big Macs & Burgundy is a delightful mix of personal storytelling, irresistible images and wine-world demystifying, ranging from etymology to geography. Thanks to Vanessa Price and Adam Laukhuf, I will never forget which wine pairs best with M&Ms. If we're all lucky enough to return to movie theatres, I'm gonna need a bigger tote bag."--Sloane Crosley "essayist and novelist"
" Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World, can transform you into an expert at pairing wine with just about anything, from pizza and Lucky Charms to pad thai and Popeye's... Refreshingly funny and written in language anyone can understand, it just might just be the only wine pairing book you'll ever need."-- "Maxim"
"If you've ever wondered what wine to pair with some of your favorite foods, like, say, Cheez-Its (I certainly have), check out Big Macs & Burgundy."-- "Food & Wine"
"In Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World, [Vanessa Price] expands on her popular column for New York Magazine's Grub Street blog. Among Price's other supremely helpful fashion analogies: A Mendoza malbec, like an old pair of Levi's, is equal to any occasion and consistently good, even at the value tier; Italian Barolos are akin to tailored blazers--pricey yet foundational for adults; and vintage port is equivalent to a piece of prized leather, which becomes more nuanced with age."-- "Saveur"
"An informative, hilarious romp through the wine world for newbie enthusiasts to seasoned connoisseurs and every food and wine lover in between."-- "Modern Mississauga Magazine"