A lit­tle knowl­edge…

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news OF alexa pro­vid­ing wine and food pair­ings (‘A month in wine’, Novem­ber 2018) is con­cern­ing. Cor­rect me if I’m wrong, but wine and food pair­ing goes far be­yond ‘steak and Mal­bec’. there are many other as­pects to con­sider: what cut of steak? are you hav­ing any sauce? where is the Mal­bec from? and what age? as a trainee som­me­lier, it frus­trates me. the app will give zero re­gard to per­sonal taste and, if it’s not men­tion­ing brands, a con­sumer would most likely pick up the cheap­est bot­tle in the su­per­mar­ket! which, frankly, goes with noth­ing (ex­cept maybe a cook­ing sauce). I fear this app could cre­ate a bunch of big-headed peo­ple who pre­tend to know what they’re talk­ing about when, in re­al­ity, they’ve just heard a com­puter-gen­er­ated voice telling them sauternes goes well with blue cheese. But what if that blue cheese is on a pizza? Iona Has­ton, Glas­gow

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