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Posted by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 24, 2009.

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Wine fascinates me on so many levels and has added so much to my life but I would have to say that my most emotional connection to wine is its bond with food, mealtimes, and convivial conversation.
My earliest experiences with wine were at my uncle’s table in Trentino, Italy. From an early age I spent my summers there and from an early age I enjoyed a bit of wine with my meals. In the beginning it was no more than a drop of wine in my water but over the years it passed through more minimal stages of dilution until I was allowed to drink pure, unadulterated wine with my meals.
Even in its pure unadulterated state the wine we generally drank was pale and low in both alcohol and tannin yet high in zesty acidity. That acidity made the wine the perfect compliment to the foods we ate. It also set me up for a lifetime as what is known as an “acid freak” in the rarified world of wine geeks. But most importantly it served as my foundation for understanding how wine and food work together.
My love of food and wine saw me through many stages of evolution. From my earliest forays into dinner parties for my friends, at age 16, to nearly 2 decades in the restaurant industry, I never lost interest in the intricacies of food and wine pairings.
Fast forward to today and we may be seeing the culmination of all my accumulated experience: Snooth’s food and wine pairing algorithm that is being used to power the wine pairing widget on our latest partner’s site . has one of the greatest collections of recipes on the web, sourced from the myriad titles in Time Inc’s portfolio. Some of my favorite recipes seem to consistently come from Cooking Light and Health magazines.
For example, I love jerked foods, that smoky, spicy specialty of Jamaica. I will tell anyone who’ll listen that one of the best pairings I’ve ever come across is Petite Sirah and Jerk Chicken! So what does one do when one wants to jerk something else? I found this great recipe for Jerk-Spiced Shrimp on   and checked to see what types of pairings I thought this would work with. I know, it sounds a little weird but I’ve also been checking to make sure everything is working as it’s supposed to!
Well things look pretty good since the pairings are the correct bright aromatic white, fruity, rich rose and a rich, medium-bodied white. The actual wines that may appear for you might be different than what I am seeing since availability is a criterion we are using to choose which specific wines to display.
While I have chosen the styles of wines, trying to make sure to offer a pair of more familiar choices plus a geeky choice for each recipe, the actual wines that get shown to the user will change based on availability and how highly the wines are rated on Snooth.
Our rating system combines the input of professional tasters with that of our user to generate a unique Snoothrank for each wine. If a wine gets rated favorably, its Snoothrank goes up, increasing the likelihood that it will show up in the recipe pairing results.
Not only have we selected specific styles of wines that work with each dish but we are also filtering our huge database of wines to show you the preferred wines within each category. No other wine site brings you the sort of in-depth, intelligent food and wine parings that Snooth does. Our massive database, the largest on the web, gives us a unique advantage to offer this added value to our partners and our users.
Beginning tomorrow you’ll also be able to see the database of recipes displayed on Snooth. Each of our wine detail pages lists three dishes to pair with each wine.   It’s a great way to get ideas for your next meal and will make planning your next successful dinner party a breeze.
I hope you enjoy using our recipe pairing widget on as much as I enjoyed creating it. It really was a labor of love and I look forward to tweaking it and making sure the results are not only good, but take advantage of our ever growing and improving database to continue to bring you compelling, interesting and varied wines to pair with your favorite dishes.
And now to see what might pair with a nice roast lamb dish and peppers from my garden….
Gregory Dal Piaz
Community Manager



Blog comment by Dental El Paso, Sep 4, 2009.

This would be really helpful for me. Because I am just starting to study wines and I have no idea which will go well with what. Thank you!

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