For anyone who ever wondered what wine goes best with haggis, writer Natalie MacLean has the answer on her new interactive Wine and Food Matcher
. It's all part of her website, Nat Decants, a chatty and info-packed look at all things wine and wonderful.
The Matcher is one of the most comprehensive we've come across. Enter either a food (lampreys?) or a wine (Colombard?) and a recommended pairing pops right up. Better yet, once you've decided on a style of wine, other links lead to specific makes and models, based on MacLean's exhaustive tastings.
The site also offers the sommelier's picks for favorite wine-and-food themed books and movies; links to her articles on food, wine, and culture; and a section of FAQs, all of which help make it a delightful diversion for those who dig the pleasures of the table.
Oh, and about that haggis? While it sounds like an unconscionable waste of good wine, MacLean recommends a Cabernet Sauvignon. -- Elaine T. Cicora