Food and Wine Pairings? All Lies!
Study suggests wine aficionados often skip the meal
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 1, 2011 1:59 PM CDT
Are established food and wine pairings meaningless?   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – We’re always hearing that this wine goes with that food, and feel guilty when we get it wrong—but what if it’s all a scam? asks Jason Wilson in the Washington Post. A new study suggests it might be: More than 60% of wine sipped by “high-frequency wine drinkers”—those who drink wine several times weekly—isn’t accompanied by a meal. It just goes to show, argues wine blogger Alder Yarrow, that the chatter over correct pairings is propagated by the wine establishment, perhaps as a moneymaking move. "For every glass carefully chosen to go with a specific dish, there appear to eight more consumed in the same way most people drink a scotch," writes Yarrow at Vinography.

“I can only barely imagine what might happen if wine writing and the attentions of wine lovers actually matched their real behavior,” muses Yarrow, who has for years called “correct” pairing a lie. “Would wine drinkers feel free to not only drink whatever they like, but to explore and experiment in their wine choices without fear of doing something wrong? Would more people actually drink wine because they knew it didn’t always HAVE to go with food?” (Click for more complaints about fancy wine talk.)

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Apr 3, 2011 9:46 AM CDT
You don't *have* to eat anything with wine, any more than you have to eat while consuming any beverage. That has zero bearing on food+wine pairing. Nitwits from Chicago (funny, I remember when it was worth living there, too) opinions notwithstanding. Because of the broad spectrum of flavors available in wines, they serve as a marvelous palate of variety to complement meals. A big, tannic, Cabernet with Tri-tip, a Chardonnay with Apples and Roquefort, or just Mimosas with a bagel. It is simple fact. Wine and food go together so well that there is almost no foodstuff on Earth that cannot be made better with a bottle of wine. Forget the pretention. Just taste the food and the wine together. Guaranteed you will see this story is nonsense.
Apr 2, 2011 8:10 AM CDT
Jason Wilson is just learning this? Apparently he never lived in California (when it was worth living there). He is a cloistered man and needs to get out more often and expand his horizons.
Apr 1, 2011 7:47 PM CDT
Drink what you like and can afford...... Life is surprisingly short.... Don't concern yourself what other people think....