Breaking old rules on food plus wine

Posted: May 15, 2013 at 4:01 a.m.

One of my favorite wine and food pairing quotations is from a book titled London at Table: Or How, When, and Where to Dine and Order a Dinner, and Where to Avoid Dining, published in 1851 at the peak of the Industrial Revolution. This was a time when the word “Victorian” was being used as a self-expression with a new generation of wealthy businessmen and wives looking for status. An ideal strategy to get higher on this ladder was to host lavish, entertaining events at home or regal restaurants. Many families began hiring servants to assist in food preparation and service. And traditional buffet-style dining shifted to stately seated dinners with multiple-course processions. This opulent style of table dining allowed for, and arguably called for, each food course to be served with a different wine.

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Food, Pages 33 on 05/15/2013