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How important is wine?

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?

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  1. I'm not a huge fan of the way alcohol tastes either. i would probably consider myself as a emotional drinker. when i'm depressed, i want something to drink. i know, it's bad. anyway, my drink of choice is usually some type of wine or hard liquor. i'm not a huge fan of beer. i just want something that i'll feel the effects and won't have to drink a lot.

    1. I am not much of wine drinker myself, however I always like to try wine/food pairings because wine interacts with the food in unique ways and it changes the flavor, often enhancing it.

      It is mostly my curiosity that winds up overruling my personal tastes. It's one of the reasons why I'm fascinated by Molecular Gastronomy. But that's another topic.

      1. it's not a meal unless there is wine. of course, i'm a sommelier, so i'm biased.

        1. Jesus' first miracle was turning water into wine.

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          1. re: byrd

            Now if only Jesus could make a return trip, not for that silly "Second Coming" stuff, but to turn my tap into a source for some fine Burgundy Premier Cru!

            1. re: 280 Ninth

              280 Ninth, There are some long standing rumors about Trader Joe's Two Buck Chuck and a second coming.

          2. I enjoy wine but as with anything else...it's personal taste. No need to feel guilty about it.