[Cellar Talks] S01E02 Vanessa Price – Big Macs & Burgundy

On Friday the 18th of December we will broadcast the second episode of our talk show “Cellar Talks” welcoming Vanessa Price, the author of the bestselling book Big Macs & Burgundy. Learn more about our guest in this short introduction.

About Vanessa

Vanessa knows her stuff, especially about wine and food! Born and raised in Kentucky, Vanessa first caught the wine bug working in a small winery down south. She followed her passion for wine and moved to New York City in 2007, starting as a sommelier on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. From there she moved on to wine education, PR and events for wine-focused client services, consulting for private wine collectors and wine lists in NYC restaurants, and as a distributor and importer, working with some of the most renowned restaurants and wineries in the world today. Through this years-long diverse education of the wine world, Vanessa decided to dedicate herself to being both a student and teacher of wine.

She is a wine writer for NY Magazine , a certified Level 4 Diploma of Wine and Spirits carrier and an instructor for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Her book Big Macs & Burgundy, a spin off of her column, was released just recently, in October 2020. Vanessa is currently the managing partner in developing a high end restaurant concept set to open in Montauk (The Hamptons) Spring 2022. Her mission is to help translate the complexities of wine to wine lovers the world over. She also teaches a (very popular) wine class at Columbia University. Most of all she has a passion for grape juice and all the people who make it, sell it, and live it.

About the Book

Sancerre and Cheetos go together like milk and cookies. The science behind this unholy alliance is as elemental as acid, fat, salt, and minerals. Wine pro Vanessa Price explains how to create your own pairings while proving you don’t necessarily need fancy foods to unlock the joys of wine. Building upon the outsize success of her weekly column in Grub Street, Vanessa offers delightfully bold wine and food pairings alongside hilarious tales from her own unlikely journey as a Kentucky girl making it in the Big Apple and in the wine business. Using language everyone can understand, she reveals why each dynamic duo is a match made in heaven, serving up memorable takeaways that will help you navigate any wine list or local bottle shop. Charmingly illustrated and bubbling with personality, Big Macs & Burgundy will open your mind to the entirely fun and entirely accessible wine pairings out there waiting to be discovered—and make you do a few spit-takes along the way.

We are looking forward to talking to Vanessa and learning about here book and her experiences. Be sure to tune in on Instagram Live through our Dutch Wine Apprentice account on Friday the 18t of December, 19:30h CET.

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You can find a link to the recording of the show here.

Vanessa Price