In my 20-plus years as a wine journalist, educator, and wine taster, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the perfect approach to wine and food pairings. I even co-authored an entire book on it.

I feel passionate about putting wine into a real-life context rather than expecting non-industry people to taste wine in a sealed void, and since most people drink wine with food and find it’s the most fun and least complicated way of getting to know different styles and varieties of wine, it makes sense that I and they consider wine pairings advice valuable.