More often than not, the wine choice comes after deciding what’s for dinner as what to eat for dinner tends to be a more collective family decision rather than a unilateral one by me. Though, there are times when I, or others in the family, want to open a particular bottle(s), so I’ll curate food around that
While I expected B to predominate, I’m a bit surprised by the zero for A, this is a wine forum! I was expecting a few wine first people here.
I may have done this poll wrong (my first poll!) … may have been better as ‘how often do you pick the wines first’ ; never / occasionally / often / always.
I’m somewhere around occasionally. As chef I get to make the meal decision and there’s usually at least a couple of options in the fridge as well as several in the freezer - steaks and chops bagged for sous vide, stews sauces etc.
I think that once one has procured enough wine, and that doesn’t have to be very much, they have enough diversity in their collection to be flexible on a casual night. Now, I would bet most of us, when we open a special bottle, do plan the food around or after the wine.
In all my years of cooking and wine drinking, I don’t think I’ve ever planned a menu around a bottle of wine. I always select the menu first, then open a bottle that would go well with the food. With my luck, if I ever built a menu around the bottle it’d be corked or pre-moxed!