Kelly: So, I kind of have a problem with these extensive wine pairing dinners. I mean, you can never finish all that wine.
James: Ha - maybe you can't. My problem is that they usually skimp on the pours! I do think they're worth it though. Really adds to the meal.
Kelly: I mean I certainly enjoy a good wine pairing but I think a different wine with every course kind of burns out the palate. I just feel like the pressure to finish the wine to get your money's worth leaves you drunk halfway through the meal. Honestly I don't enjoy my food as much when I'm totally wasted. The tastes are muddied.
James: Well, it's usually pricey, but you're paying for the restaurant's expertise as well as the wine - the sommelier really knows the menu and the pairings go really well with the food. If anything, it should bring out the flavors.
Kelly: Basically what you're saying is you like getting wasted during dinner. In any case, I don't know if it's worth the money.
James: Well, you get to try a lot more than you would if you just burn through a bottle or two during dinner.
Kelly: Perhaps, but normally I'd probably have two glasses with a five course meal. I might be a bit tipsy but certainly not drunk. For me it's not worth the money. But hey, if you have a high tolerance and you're prepared to shell out, I'm not going to stop you!
James: Well, they're definitely not for teetotalers - that's why restaurants that require the entire table to do the tasting menu don't require everyone to do the wine pairings as well - it's really a personal preference.
Kelly: Whatever, lush. We all know what your preference is....
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