There are wines to drink with food and wines to drink when you just want to drift away in your own thoughts.
Arguably, food wines are the easier recommendation to make: if it goes with beef/fish/cheese for one person, odds are it will for quite a few others. Of course there’s still room for personal taste and chianti would be my default (although perhaps that’s the result of liking tomatoey Italian food…).
Vini da meditazione are much more of a nightmare to recommend. The particular scent or taste that sets you off down memory lane is unlikely to do quite the same for someone else. Good Barolo does it for me, with Mascarello’s Monprivato being one I remember with particular happiness.
But where does that leave us when we’re cooking? Ignoring the easy occasions when there’s wine going into the dish and you’re ‘compelled’ to avoid wasting the rest of it, what is the wine to drink when you are settling into a long session of pleasure-cooking (or baking), with your favourite music playing and nobody in the vicinity to bother you? Do you choose a food wine or is your cooking a form of meditation?