Which comes first: the wine or the food?   

One of the biggest dilemmas we face when we go out to eat is how to select the right wine to go with our dinner. It’s not really a life or death question, but in this small part of our world it’s important. If we spend a few hours over a nice dinner, with two or three courses, glass of wine with each starts to get expensive. If we buy a bottle to share, its usually a bit more cost effective, but more difficult for the two of us to individually select meals that will pair well with the wine. For us, it boils down to these five strategies. As you'll see, it's never consistent and we take so many factors into account.
We want to know: which comes first for you? And how do you decide that?