Tim Hanni is an internationally renowned ‘flavor maven’, known as the Swami of Umami who will be visiting Ottawa November 15/11 for a special seminar. A professionally-trained chef, he is one of the first two resident Americans to successfully complete the examination and earn the title Master of Wine. He has been involved with wine- and food-related businesses, education and research for over thirty-five years. Hanni has a unique perspective on food and wine, providing a modern and innovative approach to the subject. So much so that the world renowned Wine Spirits and Education Trust (WSET).
Here’s an excerpt from the new content he finished for WSET:
“The wine and food pairing messages used for marketing wine as an accompaniment to food have become more complex, imaginary, contradictory and convoluted over time. Basic rules were invented to“simplify” things for consumers and promote the enjoyment of wine and food. Over time these became generally adopted metaphors that began to generate even more confusion and contradiction, and a movement away from the inclusive and hospitable “if the guest prefers.” Simple rules, such as “red wine with red meat”, “light wines with light dishes” or the need to pair “complex wines with more complex recipes” provided the basis for increasingly imaginative and complex rationale and explanations for what to pair and why. These metaphors have now become erroneously adopted as general wine and food pairing “truths” but again should never impinge on one’s personal preferences.”
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