At dinner tonight with friends we drank wine. I like wine and so do my friends and they have these great big wine glasses. They’ve made wine – lots of it and so their approach to wine, and in particular how they pour it is a little different to me.
I’ve always been stayed and measured. It becomes ingrained in you in Australia – for some reason the way we approach alcohol is through careful measurement and very loose consumption.
My friend on the other hand takes a different approach – wine sloshes and splashes into the glass with abandon. There is no care for the amount because there is always another bottle. And one after that. Their approach to wine is one of abundance. They’ve picked tons of grapes in their lifetime and made thousands of bottles of wine. I have produced none. Wine is scarce to me.
It doesn’t have to be though. I have the means to procure hundreds if not thousands of bottles should I wish to. I can be more generous and laissez faire with how I pour, because I realise I focus more on the pour than on the consumption. My careful approach means I don’t take the time to smell and quaff and revel in the wine itself. I need to think less about the pour.