(This was originally posted on the Chicago Board)
I've mentioned about a zillion times that I recently recieved the soft cover version of Parker's Sixth Buying Guide. So, I am trying to expand my wine geekness.
The question that I have, one that I assailed the fedora'd one [inside reference for Chicago people] with at lunch is, why?
Various foodies, like David Rosengarden, claim that wine plus food equals something greater. All the high end places offer wine options with their price fixe. A high falutin' review will always include wine notes. They all operate on the belief that the sum is greater than the parts (and who cares price).
Now, I am not saying I do not like wine, nor even appreciate wine (as I learn). Still, except for about two occasions, I can not think of situations where the wine made the whole thing better. If I want a bit of a buzz with dinner, can I just quaff some white zifandel or bud light? If it's to quench thirst, what's wrong with diet coke? On the other hand, is wine best enjoyed on its own.
Believe me this is not a rhetorical question. I have no firm opionion beyond the fact that I know wine adds to the cost of the meal.
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