I haven't been to a BYO restaurant since I was a student! All the ones we go to now tend to have an extensive (and expensive) wine list. My husband enjoys trying vintages he's not had before and will spend a fairly long time chatting with the sommelier before ordering.
I don't drink any alcohol so it doesn't make a jot of difference to me.... I like to have a fruit juice or tonic water as an aperitif then plain water with my meal. Afterwards, I will green tea or peppermint infusion as a digestif.
My husband and I don't drink alcohol. I'm happy with lemonade; my husband enjoys a coke. I don't feel that alcohol makes or breaks the meal; if the people at the table enjoy the meal, the chosen drink and the company then it's always a memorable time.
To have an enjoyable glass of good quality wine at home or out, with Dinner, is one of life's little pleasures!
It doesn't have to be 'Grange' (oh, drool!), but there're many excellent Oz wines to be had. Really can't go past any of 'The Australian' Dozens, at anytime! Love 'Reds', but a nice Crouchen Reisling hits the spot, too! Don't like the 'drier' varieties of 'whites' at all. Cheers!
If we're with family, we taken a bottle of red.If it's just the 2 of us, my husband will have beer, & I'll have water or a G&T occasionally. If it's our wedding anniversary, I'll order a cocktail! The most unusual 1 they make!