You may have noticed in my bio or from my blog title that I’m a wine drinker. Now there are several ways to consume alcohol, and I’m not knocking any of them (Except beer. Gross.) So in an effort to promote love across the blogosphere, I decided to educate people on why wine is so amazing, and my drink of choice. Wine may seem intimidating to people because of all the fancy terms and snobbery surrounding it, but that’s no different than any tumblr fandom. Trust me, you don’t have to take a bunch of wine tasting classes or drop $30 on a bottle to enjoy. Here are my top 5 reasons to break out the bottle opener and indulge in a glass or two.
1. Health Benefits
Food and Wine magazine points out some fabulous facts about the benefits to drinking wine. Reduces heart attack risk, promotes longevity, and slows brain decline to name a few. (Here’s the link for the full list and actual statistics if that’s your thing http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/8-health-benefits-of-drinking-wine). I’m no doctor, but during this stressful time of finals I think a nice glass of wine before bed would be the perfect cure. You reduce anxiety, and slow brain decline! It’s perfect while studying, or crying yourself to sleep when you realize the impossible task of an 8:00am Stats final the next day.
Are you like me, and don’t have the time/energy/money to buy truffles and kale for your next dinner party or pot luck? Never fear! A nice (but not expensive) bottle of wine can upgrade your mac and cheese to gourmet. And if you know your hostess enjoys a glass, it can be a great gift in lieu of actually bringing a dish for a potluck. I mean, people always go for the cheese dips anyway (By people I mean me.)
3. Sharing is Caring
As stated above, wine is great with parties! Sure, most of us can knock out a bottle in a night, but it can be so much more enjoyable to invite some close friends over and have a girls (or guys or both) night. Wine helps the conversation flow and really enhances the flavor of Ben & Jerry’s.
4. Jesus Loved Wine
After all, he did go out of his way to change water, the healthiest drink on the planet, to wine in order to show people that not only was he a miracle worker, but a miracle worker who knew how to enjoy himself and the company of those around him. Didn’t he also use wine to demonstrate the blood of Christ in the last supper? Point made.
5. It tastes So Good
I may not be a wine expert, but I’ve had more than a couple of glasses in my day. People who say they don’t like the taste of wine usually start out with something super dry. Not the way to go. Start out with a sweet pink or Moscato and work your way to the heavier stuff. Pretty soon you’ll find yourself making excuses to pair it with every meal and wonder how inappropriate it would be to start off the morning with a glass.
With all these compelling reasons, there’s no excuse to not go buy your own bottle or turn your nose when offered a glass at a party. But please enjoy responsibly. The power of wine can easily go to your head.