Without fail as soon as someone finds out I am a 'wine person' they will turn to me and as serious as you please, will ask me THE question. The one that I have heard with all too increasingly frequency. "What is your favorite wine?"
As if it isn't hard enough to explain to someone what I do for a living, now they want me to choose one wine or one grape variety or one region as my favorite. The hardcore fact of the matter is that I don't really have a favorite. Gasps of shock followed by dead silence and the sound of crickets chirping in the distance.
I could no sooner pick a favorite wine then I could pick a favorite food. No one ever asks anyone that question, do they. Ah, you're a foodie . . . what's your favorite food. Maybe they do ask that question, but I've never heard it.
For me personally, wine has almost always been something to enjoy with food. Oh, sure, at my house we do drink plenty of it without food but usually that is after the food is gone. It seems that there are more and more folks interested in pairing wine and food so I hope that someday when I explain to someone that my favorite wine depends greatly on what I am eating that they will understand. After all, shouldn't everyone delight in the magic that happens when wine and food get together and provide a sensory experience that is truly memorable?