Sometimes, a wine and food pairing takes you by surprise even though it fits into the general rules of food and wine pairing.

Consider salmon, which seems to be paired almost exclusively with Pinot Noir these days. Are these pairings always well thought out, or are they simply there to assert the street cred of the pairer? In this case, he’s breaking the cardinal rule, man!

“I’m so bad I’m drinking red wine with my fish.”

Yes, salmon and Pinot can often work wonderfully, but would you prefer to stick to the rules? You know, white wine with fish, high acid with fat and the like?

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