Sure, you can steam live videos on your pocket-sized smartphone while riding around in a self-driving car, but what has science done for you lately?? Well, it’s created the ultimate interactive wine and cheese pairing recommendation map, that’s what!
University of Toronto professor Gary Bader may specialize in biological network analysis, working to map the relationships between genes and diseases, but even the noblest researchers among us need to take a break from solving humanity’s problems and unwind with a solid wine and cheese pairing. That’s where the site WineAndCheeseMap.com comes into play.
Bader says he got the idea for using genetics mapping software for wine and cheese from his wife not long after they began reading the book Cheese: A Connoisseur’s Guide to the World’s Best – which includes pairing suggestions. “She had the brilliant idea, the Eureka moment, to say, ‘We can make a network out of these,’” he told BBC. The resulting free website, built by Bader and his team out of info in the book, allows anyone to explore the suggested pairings for about 100 red and white wines with about 270 cheeses.