Food or wine first...?

Sometimes I'm in the mood for a certain wine, order a bottle, then get around to looking at the menu and see something that is totally wrong with my wine. Barring always ordering by the glass at that point where the selections are worse, should you always peruse the menu first and switch your buds then?
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My method is:

- order a glass of Champagne immediately

- peruse the menu and make selection(s)

- order bottle(s) of wine to compliment the food

Champagne is always a good way to start a meal,and it allows you something to sip while considering the menu and wine list.

Occasionally, I'll pick out the wine before the food, but the bubbly always comes first.
If you are at a restaurant with a good glass selection, then I would say start with Champagne or Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc to help open your palette further. Then select a red wine that pairs best with what you order.

Unless you are with company that appreciates above average priced wine, go along with something like a modestly-priced Merlot or Pinot Noir. If you order a bottle that is more expensive, then that would mean you would get only 1 glass of something that you enjoy but that others at the table would treat like any other table wine.

I am not 100% positive whether I addressed your questions at hand. Please let me know.
For what it is worth....
in much of France, if you order a bottle of wine first, before you order dinner, it is considered a major breach of etiquette. It is not unusual for a waiter to refuse to take your order for a bottle of wine until everyone at the table has ordered dinner.
My wife and I generally know what type of food we are in the mood for when we go out, and what type of foods the restaurant usually serves. So after a quick glance at the menu to see what there is I usually spend the bulk of the selection time on wine. Usually I pick a wine to go with the food I'm in the mood for then I pick the actual food that would go best with the wine.
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Originally posted by Purple Teeth:
My method is:

- order a glass of Champagne immediately

- peruse the menu and make selection(s)

- order bottle(s) of wine to compliment the food

Champagne is always a good way to start a meal,and it allows you something to sip while considering the menu and wine list.

Occasionally, I'll pick out the wine before the food, but the bubbly always comes first.


This is also my method, it's a lot of fun and always works out well.

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