Asking the sommelier or server to recommend the best wine to go with the ordered food is based on the idea that asking a wine professional will provide a pairing that will unlock the full potential of the food, and of course, taste delicious.
Having a recommended type of wine with a certain dish is now outdated due to our changed eating habits (now many people go for shared plates for example and the sommelier has the impossible task of finding one bottle that pairs with seven different things).
There is no secret code for choosing wine. People’s palates are inherently personal (we have different sensitivities to certain flavors and aromas), so there is no such thing as an objectively perfect pairing.
Pair according to the vibe, not the food. The occasion should be the primary criteria while deciding on which wine to drink in the first place. A family reunion deserves a different wine from what one would have at a friends beach party.
One can update the way the wines are described, going beyond the traditional ways the wine taste is explained. This allows the person to experiment and explore new pairings of wine that may be better than the predefined ones.
Just drink whatever wine you want to drink, not being bothered about how awful it tastes while paired with the food on the plate. It is not the end of the world if the pairing isn’t established by wine experts. Do your own thing.
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