Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
I believe it was in elementary school math (or perhaps junior high school - this was a ways back) where they sat us down and taught us about sets. You remember sets. For instance, the set of men who are over 6'9" and the set of men who have under size six feet rarely intersect; if they do, you’ve got a guy who falls over a lot. This approach to understanding life is handy when it comes to hamburgers and wine.
Consider: there is the set of people who like hamburgers, which is large. There is also the set of people who only like white wine, which is also large (and includes but is not limited to several of my in-laws). The shaded area where those two overlap is the set of people who like hamburgers but only drink white wine, and for whom saying something like “Hamburgers go great with Cabernet” is about as useless as legs on a fish.
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