I do agree with that one to a degree. Goat cheese and Sauvignon Blanc are dreamy together because they come from the same part of France. However, that does not mean you must always have Italian wine with Italian food, French wine with French food, or California wine with burgers.
What I subscribe to personally is that if you like this particular dish and you like that particular wine, they go together.
This philosophy makes choosing a wine with your dinner much easier!
I love Pinot Noir and I love steak. So for me, Pinot Noir and steak go together. According to the rules, that’s not allowed. Yet, I’ve never been unhappy with a Pinot Noir and steak dinner. That doesn’t mean that combo will work for everybody. If you don’t like Pinot Noir, don’t order it.
I believe the only tried and true scientific fact in wine tasting is that every single person on the planet has a different palette. All seven-billion people will taste the same wine differently, and that is okay.
If you don’t taste the citrus, the oak, or the peppers, that’s okay. It doesn’t mean the wine is good, it doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s a matter of finding what you like and what you don’t like.