Food alters your perception of wine. On rare occasions, the perfect match creates a memorable experience. On even rarer occasions, the match is similarly unforgettable, but unhappily so. Almost always, however, the wine and food get along fine, so unless you're pouring a very special bottle with dinner, there's no need to obsess about the pairing.
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