The Law in Deuteronomy 14:22-26 is especially compelling to me concerning the intrinsic righteousness of drinking insofar as it is done righteously and to a purpose deemed righteous by the Law.
No, I don’t think Christians are under this statute of the Law, or any other part of the Law. On the other hand, He is righteous who gave the Law, and that Law is holy, righteous, and good (Romans 7:12). This particular statute not only grants a license to drink wine and strong drink in a specified context, it guarantees that one fulfills this statute by so doing.
Now, I also admit that the preponderance of mentions of wine and strong drink in the OT occur in warnings attending its abuse. But, abuse - actual or potential - does not invalidate the riteousness of its righteous use.
Moreover, as the Law grants license to use wine and strong drink righteously, such use is not, therefore, a duty. One may righteously abstain. And, for specific persons or situations it is a duty to abstain.
I am not one of those persons or in one of those situations. The consumption of wine and strong drink are pleasures of our Lord’s creation (cf. Psalm 104 quoted above) which actually confer pleasure to me, and by enjoying those pleasures I show my gratitude to the One who created and conveyed those gifts to mankind generally.
Is any wine, any strong drink pleasurable to me? No. Gin reminds me weed killer and insecticide. Coors makes me think of chilled carbonated pigeon piss. If forced to choose, I’d go for the Coors instead of Thunderbird.
But a crisp, appley Pino Grigio? Supremo! For drinking and for cooking too. Or a 17-year old Balvenie? Unmatched by anything else in front of a blazing fireplace on a bitter winter night! Or a frozen stein filled with Hefeweizen, a slice of orange floating on its surface? Makes you wish summer lasted forever.