Is matching wine to a dish, or vice versa, a vital, unnecessary or automatic activity? Jancis Robinson is a libertarian who argues that no thunderbolt from on high will come to strike you down if you get it wrong. However,'s own Tamlyn Currin is passionate about finding the perfect pairing. Needless to say, she has researched the subject in far more detail than our editor in chief and in this particularly lively podcast explains some of the most intriguing recent discoveries, highlights some basic rules and tips, and debunks some common myths. Tam manages to convince Jancis that food and wine matching can be fun, and Jancis explains when she thinks you’re justified in expecting a perfect pairing in a restaurant. But she’s still worried that preciousness on this topic may be making wine more off-putting than it need be.

Hosted By: Jancis Robinson

Guest: Tamlyn Currin

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