Spring 2017 The Bookshelf

This Calls for a Drink! by Diane McMartin

This Calls for a Drink! The Best Wines & Beers to Pair with Every Situation

By now, most of us know that full-bodied, roasty stouts bring out the best in decadent, chocolate desserts, while hoppy IPAs work well to tame the burn of spicy foods. But which adult beverages pair best with the important (and not so important) events in life? Until now, many have been at a loss.

In her new book, This Calls for a Drink! The Best Wines and Beers to Pair with Every Situation, certified sommelier Diane McMartin pairs her favorite libations with the circumstances, emotions and milestones that life throws our way.

The very witty McMartin writes about wine and beer with an understanding of everyday life. She knows most of us don’t come home after a stressful day at the office and cook a gourmet meal, served with an unaffordable French white – nope, we’re dealing with real life – stressing over first dates, tackling the impossible feat of assembling an IKEA coffee table, worrying about those quickly approaching “big” birthdays and stalking exes on Facebook.

Beginning with the basics – learning to taste wine and beer, understanding glassware and deciphering labels – McMartin breaks it all down in a relatable and fun way. But the majority of the book is dedicated to the really good stuff – what to drink and when to drink it.

Having dinner with your significant other’s family?

Attending your high school reunion?

Watching an awards show?

McMartin offers recommendations for so many situations, delivered in a voice that is fresh and full of sass. She’s clearly someone who enjoys a good drink and teaching others about beer and wine. And she relays information in a way that is personable, accessible and refreshingly funny. While the tone may be a bit on the feminine side, men who drink beer and wine will get a kick out of these situational pairings too.

This Calls for a Drink! is a great read for anyone who wants to enjoy a drink, no matter what’s going on in their lives. With plenty of LOL moments, you’ll be surprised how much you actually learn from this book.


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