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This Calls for a Drink! : The Best Wines & Beers to Pair With Every Situation (Hardcover) (Diane
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Any decent wine book or food magazine can tell you what to drink with a grassfed steak. But what’s the best wine to pair with a blind date? Or to pour for your girlfriends when settling in to watch the Oscars? What goes with a lame class reunion? A job promotion? Your next Netflix binge?OCCASIONAL DRINKING is the inspired guide to matching wines and beers to the significant (and not-so-significant) events in life—not just what you’re eating, but what you’re feeling, and when. It’s the beverage book for those situations that truly call for a drink—from dating quirky OKCupid guys to recovering after a rough day at work to squeezing into yet another bridesmaid dress. Diane McMartin, a trained sommelier who launched an occasion-based drinking column on The Hairpin after trying to soothe a brokenhearted roommate with cheap rosé, offers hundreds of unexpected recommendations for dating, work, holidays, weddings, music festivals, baby showers, and more. Stalking a new boyfriend on social media? (Get a grip with a fresh, minerally Chablis.) Turning 27? (Graduate to a decent American craft brew, like Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA.) Reconnecting with a high school flame? (This calls for something impressive, but not too on the nose. Want to look like a grown-up who’s arrived? Try Barolo.)The writing is fresh, hip, full of attitude, and as solidly informative as it is entertaining. In addition to the complete emotional landscape of wine and beer, there are guides on tasting, buying, and serving; profiles of grape varieties; and primers on topics like hops and wood-aging. Everything you need to know to drink like an adult, even if you don’t always behave like one.