You've heard the inherited wisdom: "Drink only white wine with seafood." As with most of the basic guidelines for wine pairing, it's well-intentioned, a useful way to break down the options for what to drink with dinner. But once you understand the reasoning behind it, you can move beyond it with confidence, and reap the rewards.

Why you should break it: The field of available, delicious red wine is so large and diverse now that very few blanket rules can effectively apply. If you're looking to match your seafood with something fruity or light-bodied, higher-acid or even sparkling, well -- there's a red for that.

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