Pairing Champagne & Sparkling Wine with Food

24th November 2015

Pairing Champagne & Sparkling Wine with Food

For too long food and wine pairing has been reserved for the minority, but not anymore – now all you need is taste buds and a sense of adventure.


This beautifully presented full colour recipe book, hosted by wine expert David Stevens-Castro (originally from Chile) and food photographer Fran Flynn (originally from Ireland), will encourage and support you to discover the pleasure of matching food and wine for yourself. Living together on the Gold Coast, in Australia, David and Fran have pooled their skills as a husband-and-wife team to publish a series of books and share their expertise in the things they love.

This first volume showcases sparkling wines of all styles, and challenges usual perceptions by offering tantalising home-cooked recipes for every course of a meal.

Renowned award winning wine expert Tyson Stezler contributes a foreword and discusses the current trends in Champagne and sparkling wine consumption.


The book is divided into eight sections with a lighthearted and accessible style of language aimed at everyone with an interest in food and wine pairing. The first, fully illustrated section, gives detailed guidance so set you on the right path to understanding matching food and wine for yourself. It also provides information to demystify terminology and explain wine labelling.

The balance of the book is divided into seven chapters. Each chapter showcases a style of sparkling wine, provides a beautiful visual explanation of the countries those wines come from, supplies a special cheese match for the topical wine, and finally several recipes that will pair with the topical variety. Every simple recipe – which are all illustrated with full colour photographs – is introduced by Fran, while David narrates some pairing suggestions.


‘Hot tips’ also features throughout the book, dispelling common misconceptions about wine. There is a broad range of dishes suitable for sharing and entertaining and suggestions on how you can introduce your friends to food and wine matching also.

Author and photographer Fran Flynn
Author and wine expert David Stevens-Castro

Paired – Champagne & Sparkling Wines is available on amazon and in the UK at winerist

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