Why does wine or beer pair better with matching food?
Whereas with all other beverages, I always feel that contrasting pairings work best. Dessert for me always requires a black, robust cup of coffee; and a cold, sweet Coke always goes very nicely with a savory lunch. The reason why these pairings work so well is because of their contrasts.
So, what is so special about beer or wine that they pair better with food of similar characteristics?