As fascinated as I am with the glorious things that can happen when wine and food make a seamless match, I have always argued that we need to prevent it from dominating our wine choices. In particular, we all need to keep in mind that most of us drink most of our wine without benefit of food. Therefore, my first rule of wine-and-food pairing is this: "Drink what you like with food you like. All the rest is fine-tuning."
A survey of core wine drinkers reports that we drink 60 percent of all wine apart from mealtime. Even more if you focus on over-$15 wines. This has implications for food-and-wine pairing.
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