Is anyone else tired of hearing about wine pairings? In the 1970's when I first started drinking wine, the few guides to food and wine I could find were gourmands like Richard Olney and Waverly Root. From their discussions of region and of classic combinations I learned a lot. But I think they'd be appalled now at the finicky (or even silly) matchings or laugh that anyone would turn down an excellent wine to drink something less good to "match" a dish-- which I've found many times on tasting menus. If I feel like drinking a great red with my fish course, I do. If I feel like drinking a great chardonnay with Chinese dumplings I do.
Just another time I'm happy to be old.