I ask this because I'm not a fan of the way alcohol tastes. I'm definitely not a fan of hard liquors, but when I drink champagne or wine, the alcohol smell is so strong that I find it difficult to enjoy any other aspects of the drink.
However, restaurants are always pairing wines with certain dishes and books I read on the culinary world (Anthony Bourdain, Jeffrey Steingarten, Ruth Reichel) always talk about the importance of wine.
Is it really that important? Or is it more of a personal taste issue?