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Saturday 9 July 2016

New book unveils the secrets of matching food and sparkling wine

Paired: Champagne & Sparkling Wines, a new book on wine-and-food matching by husband-and-wife team Fran Flynn and David Stevens-Castro, received a ‘Best in the World Award’ at the prestigious Gourmand World Cook Book Awards in Yantai, China.

The Australian book, recently published by Paired Media, also won two ‘Best in Australia’ Gourmand awards earlier this year in the categories of Food/Wine Matching and French Wine, which qualified the book to represent Australia in both categories at the Gourmand Awards World Event.

It is the first in a series that provides instructions on how to easily match food and wine. It features recipes along with approachable expert advice in a full-colour hardcover book.

I liked the straightforward advice and information offered, the commonsense language used and the excellent imagery. 

Stevens-Castro is a wine expert and sommelier, originally from Chile but now based on the Gold Coast, and Flynn is a photographer and graphic designer. 

The matches covered include foods with Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, New World Sparkling, Moscato, Sparkling Reds and Sparkling Rosés, making this a book with global potential. 

“This win is a fantastic achievement especially since this self-published book is our first,” said Flynn.

The couple is working on two follow-ups: Paired: Whites & Rosés and Paired: Reds.

The initial book release costs $37.99 and can be ordered direct from It is also available from good bookstores nationwide and internationally on

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much Windsor for your positive comments. In exciting news we also won a 'Best in the World' Gourmand award very recently. In celebration we are offering free shipping Australia wide through our website using coupon code: freepost16. Fran, Paired Media