Many people are in the habit of coming home from a long day at work, exhausted, and pouring themselves a large glass of wine to be enjoyed in solitude. If you’re reading this, you may be thinking, “I do that. Why not?”
Now you may call me old-fashioned, but I firmly believe wine is not meant to be consumed alone. I know this may seem a like an odd perspective, especially coming from me, as I am very fond of a good glass of wine! I’ll explain my position – but first, here’s some history on wine and why it comes to us the way it does.
A historical perspective
A bottle of wine is made with 6 glasses in it, which implies that it was never made for any one person to drink solo. What has changed is our ability to keep wine open longer, as historically, we weren’t able to do so. So the expectation was when a bottle was opened, it was going to be finished.
Thanks to technological advances which brought us the refrigerator, a bottle of wine can now last for up to a week without the fear of expiry. This means now a bottle doesn’t have to be finished immediately after being opened. For example, I usually have about 8 bottles open in my refrigerator at any given time for entertaining or cooking purposes. Obviously, our ability to keep wine open longer is a positive, but this has changed the way we consume wine by allowing just one glass to be poured instead of sharing an entire bottle.
Why it’s an issue
Have you ever had a good time drinking alone? No, I didn’t think so.
Drinking wine alone runs the risk of taking the novelty and spirit out of wine. While it may just be satisfying a craving, it could also highlight something wrong with your current mindset. Wine was created to be shared with friends, to tell stories with, to enjoy.
Instead of grabbing a glass of wine, I suggest going for a run. Picking up a book. Calling a friend. There are many more productive things you can do that don’t involve pouring yourself a glass of wine.
While I usually don’t indulge for the reasons listed above, there is one occasion in which I will break this rule. When I’m at my home in the British Virgin Islands and I’m sitting on the front of my boat, watching the sun go down, I will occasionally enjoy a glass of Prosecco. The combination is just fantastic!
My point is, if it’s consumed once in a while on a rare occasion to highlight something special like a sunset that only you saw alone, go ahead and indulge.
That said, I rarely drink wine alone, and all of my favourite drinking experiences have been shared. So if you’re craving a glass, simply call over a friend – you’ll be glad you did!