A good food and wine match is a 1 + 1 = 3 relationship

When a wine matches a dish in an interesting fashion, the relationship is at once complementary in the sense that it suits, that neither partner is worse off, but more, that the match is harmonious. This is a 1 + 1 = 2. Yet even more happens when the match is right, because the wine adds a level to the food and the food adds a dimension to the wine that seems to not have been there before. It was, but the food “unlocks” it. The chemistry is beyond my reckoning, involving the food, the wine and your taste buds; but a good match shows up previously hidden dimensions to both partners that confound mathematics!