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Knowing how to select an appropriate wine for any occasion, be it a meal at home, a celebration, or a formal dinner, ranks among the most valuable of social graces. Properly matching wine to food, personalities, and mood can turn a simple gathering into a memorable event and is a superb reflection on a host. Many people, unfortunately, find the prospect of wine selection so intimidating that they forego the pleasures of wine altogether. This is totally needless. There are no absolutely perfect wine choices. Deciding on an appropriate wine is a matter of preparing one's mind for common sense.

There are, of course, guidelines and traditions associated with wine selection, but some have recently begun to modulate. Ordering red wine with fish was an unforgivable travesty just a decade ago. Today such a choice is rather commonplace and fun to try; there is even a book entitled Red Wine with Fish, written by wine experts Joshua Wesson and David Rosengarten.

In recent years, especially in America, there has been an active trend toward innovation in matching wine with food and occasion. Such experimentation can, of course, be taken to extremes. Some people refuse to acknowledge any guidelines and seem to revel in silly combinations which have no manner of relationship. Still others are so tightly bound to rules that they consider a dinner ruined if a given wine selection is not totally perfect. More and more people are trying different combinations of wine and food; they are fully acquainted with wine traditions, but feel comfortable in adding a personal touch as well.

Discoveries can be made that become personal favorites and even establish new conventions. Like an expert chef improving freely on a classic recipe, seasoned enophiles know exactly how unorthodox they can be. They also know that experimenting at home with close friends or relatives can be an enjoyable way to create new wine and food combinations. Imposing on the boss and the boss's spouse to serve as guinea pigs for a brainstorming session should be avoided. Research has its time and place; as ever, commonsense should prevail.

[Vine, Richard P. Wine Appreciation. New York, NY. John Wiley & Sons. c 1997. p. 129]

6. The author of the passage would agree with which one of the following statements:
a. Americans are intimidated by choosing wines.
b. Americans are unconventional when matching wine with food.
c. Wine choice is dictated by the situation as much as by the food.
d. Following the traditional rules will always lead to the perfect wine choice.
e. Carefully research wines before inviting your boss to dinner.



 

 
 Submitted Answers
Student: 1/14/2010 11:15:03 AM
ans B?
   
Student: 1/14/2010 2:05:40 PM
c
   
Student: 11/5/2011 11:57:12 AM
Your cranium must be portectnig some very valuable brains.
   
 
    Answer

The correct answer is C.


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