JC, your post jogged an early memory. Dinner in San Francisco at EOS (who have an excellent by-the-glass program), and I ordered a starter course of grilled spiced fresh peach with micro greens and some kind of fruit vinaigrette. Even though I didn't like viognier, it was the only grape on the list (no idea what producer) that seemed like it would match, and it did splendidly. It was really bizarre to like the wine with the food where I found it--like yours--"slightly boring" on its own. Well, maybe more than slightly, but the food on the plate filled in the wine's deficits in an interesting way--it's quite common to say that a wine went better with food, but it's rare in my experience to dislike a wine on it's own and yet like it quite a bit with food.
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov