There was a time when my diet was strongly oriented toward meat--steak, roast beef, hamburgers, pork chops and an occasional lamb chop. Actually, that was about 30 years ago, and I'm probably much healthier today for replacing that diet with a pattern that might be called Mediterranean--pasta, fish, vegetables, fruit, olive oil, nuts, garlic, beans and whole grains. If I were on death row and asked to choose my "last meal," I think it would be rigatoni with a spicy tomato sauce.
When I was in my carnivore phase, my wine buying focused on huge Cabernets and buttery Chardonnays. But when I drink those wines with what I'm eating today, I usually find they overwhelm the food.
European wines generally tend to be more subtle in their approach--more acid, less sweetness, less oak. While they may not be as enjoyable as their New World counterparts when tasted on their own, they go better with the garlic, olive oil and tomato-laced flavors of Mediterranean dishes. Grenache and Mourvedre-based wines--whether from the South of France or the North of Spain are ideal. And those are the wines I could gladly drink every night.
As for my "last meal wine" that's a tough call, but there's no question that it would be a Southern Rhone.