There’s no rule that says you can’t drink wine alone.
Just ask George Thorogood. The blues-rocker built his career on songs like “I Drink Alone.”
But for me, part of the fun of drinking wine is sharing wine with family or friends.
I even love the social aspect of picking out the wine, opening the bottle and then tasting the wine together from the first to last sip.
I think I learned this approach to wine from my father and grandfather. Whenever they have (or had in the case of my grandfather who passed away in 2004 at the age of 92) a great bottle of wine, they always wait to open the wine with family members or others who love wine.
I know my dad definitely does so. Every time I go home to Pennsylvania to visit my parents, my dad and I spend at least half an hour or more just figuring out what wines to open that day for lunch or dinner, a habit that I will admit probably drives my mom a little nuts as she waits patiently for us to pick out a wine.
And I definitely know my grandfather did as well. Even now, years later, I can still vividly remember my father’s parents opening great, older bottles of French red Bordeaux on Christmas Day in 1990s and early 2000s. Drinking those 1982 Bordeaux wines from Chateau Latour, Chateau Margaux and a few other legendary wineries helped spark my lifelong love affair with wine.
Fond memories of those magical Christmas dinners still linger in my mind. And this holiday week, my wife and I will do the same and definitely enjoy some great wines together and with friends and family.
But you don’t need to wait until Christmas or New Year’s Eve to break out a great bottle of wine.
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Sometimes, opening a great wine can be the only reason why you and your friends get together in the first place.
Believe me, I’ve hosted and been to plenty of great dinners and get togethers where the main guest of honor was sitting in our glasses scattered around the table.
But contrary to what some wine experts might claim, you don’t have to spend a fortune to find a great bottle of wine. There are many magnificent, affordable ones out there. And next week, you can read all about my top 10 wines under $10 for 2019.
So this week and next week, I hope you do enjoy some great wines this holiday season.
And in the weeks and months that follow, don’t worry if you don’t have a special occasion to open that special bottle of wine. Just go ahead and open the wine anyway. You friends will love it and likely remember that night forever.
And if you don’t have a fancy schmantzy bottle of wine, that’s fine too. Because nothing beats sitting around a table or a roaring fire with great friends and a bottle of wine or two.
People have been doing this for centuries.
And centuries from now, I bet that future generations will be doing the exact same thing as well.