Paired: Champagne & Sparkling Wines, a new book on wine-and-food matching by husband-and-wife team Fran Flynn and David Stevens-Castro, received a ‘Best in the World Award’ at the prestigious Gourmand World Cook Book Awards in Yantai, China.
The Australian book, recently published by Paired Media, also won two ‘Best in Australia’ Gourmand awards earlier this year in the categories of Food/Wine Matching and French Wine, which qualified the book to represent Australia in both categories at the Gourmand Awards World Event.
It is the first in a series that provides instructions on how to easily match food and wine. It features recipes along with approachable expert advice in a full-colour hardcover book.
I liked the straightforward advice and information offered, the commonsense language used and the excellent imagery.
Stevens-Castro is a wine expert and sommelier, originally from Chile but now based on the Gold Coast, and Flynn is a photographer and graphic designer.
The matches covered include foods with Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, New World Sparkling, Moscato, Sparkling Reds and Sparkling Rosés, making this a book with global potential.
“This win is a fantastic achievement especially since this self-published book is our first,” said Flynn.
The couple is working on two follow-ups: Paired: Whites & Rosés and Paired: Reds.
The initial book release costs $37.99 and can be ordered direct from www.paired-media.com. It is also available from good bookstores nationwide and internationally on www.amazon.com.