Don’t order your wine before you look at the food menu first. That way you know what you are going to order and what the options are. Sometimes an inexperienced server will pressure you to order your drinks before you even look at the menu. Tell them you’ll just start with water, to let
them know you are going to take your time.
Look at the menu items first. What strikes you as tasty? There is no right or wrong choice here. We all like different things. Some people love filet. Some people love tuna. Whatever you enjoy eating, that is fine, Relish it. Write it down. Once you know what you want to eat, it’s time to figure out what you want to drink to go with it.
Every taste bud is different. Each of us likes different flavour combinations. Some of us like chocolate with peanut butter. Some like chocolate with marshmallow. It’s not “right” or “wrong”. It is unique and that is what makes all of us special.
So certainly determine for yourself what you enjoy. If you like tuna with Cabernet, order it and enjoy it. If you’re just trying veal for the very first time, certainly ask the waiter for a suggestion about which wines he would suggest. But if he suggests Cabernet and you hate Cabernet, go with something you enjoy.
It’s far more likely that if you love a particular wine that you’ll enjoy a pairing of such wine and veal far more than you’d enjoy veal with a wine you hate.
The real key is to order wines by the glass and you can try tastes of the glasses of other people around the table too. Sample for yourself what you like and dislike, be open to experimentation, and keep trying new things. Soon you’ll have a list of what your favourites are and not only be well prepared for any new excursion but looking forward to discovering more!