Why we drink wine

19 Apr

Some drink wine to forget. Others–like the soldiers of the Roman Empire–drank it to avoid the nasty effects of guzzling contaminated water. Yours truly is drinking it in hopes of killing off some fat cells (see my post from April 5).

The reasons we drink wine are as unique as the thousands of grape varieties used in winemaking. But don’t take it from me. Allow me to introduce you to a group of  accomplished Latinas who clearly illustrate why enjoying the occasional copa is good for the soul. I raise a glass to their intelligence, wit and belleza. !Salud, chicas!

Jackie is a mover and shaker who likes to relax with a glass of wine and a little chisme.

1. We drink wine to connect.

Busy public relations executive Jackie Quintanilla Aker says Pinot Grigio is her favorite wine. She’s lucky enough to have a cousin who studied wine, and luckier still that she and her prima are close. “My cousin is like a sister to me,” Aker says. “We like to share a bottle of wine and just chat about our day or vent. Or gossip.”

L to R: 'Green' blogger Catalina Juarez (Greenery in Mommyhood) and mommy blogger Ruby Wright (Growing up Blackxican) love their Muscat!

2. We drink wine to relax.

For blogueras Catalina Juarez and Ruby Wright, sipping a glass of Muscat is the perfect way to unwind during a conference break. Both prefer sweeter wines, so Muscat is the wine of choice while they take a breather between workshops and panel discussions. Juarez, who works, blogs, has two teenagers and is a student, says wine provides a little stress relief when things get loco.

Sometimes, life goes better with wine, says Helena Osorio-Zavala, a lifestyle blogger at Pink Guayoyo.

3. We drink wine to enjoy ourselves and the people we love.

Food and wine go together like un cafecito y conversación. Makes sense, especially if you’re Helena Osorio-Zavala, a Venezuelan writer whose blog name, Pink Guayoyo, is a fanciful spin on a traditional Venezuelan coffee drink. But get her started on wine and ay, ay, ay!  “I’ll be having a glass of wine with my husband and all of a sudden, he’s looking really good. So I’ll have another and I’ll tell him, ‘You’re looking pretty fine.’ So he’ll say, ‘Have another glass–I love it when you tell me I look good.'”

4. We drink wine as an excuse to photograph perfect strangers. Especially if they’re good-looking. 

I'll have a glass of red, thanks.

I know what you’re thinking. Señorita Vino is happily married, yet she dutifully follows her mother’s brand of marital advice, which is mira, pero no toques (look but don’t touch). I swear, Mom (and Señor Jim), the only thing I touched was the glass.

Why do you drink wine?  Post a comment and tell us!

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16 Responses to “Why we drink wine”

  1. Magics Wine Guide and Reviews for Newbies. April 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    I drink wine because it’s enigmatic. Wine is like the sands of time, always moving, always changing. A glass of wine can alter within moments of pouring.
    I drink wine because it’s GREAT!!! I can talk about it, I can sing about it, haven’t quite got round to boogying about it yet.
    I drink wine because I can write about it. it can help express my mood, show I care.
    In short…..I love wine.

    • Pamela April 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      Raising a glass to you! I have a feeling you’ll be boogie-ing to wine any day now.

  2. jameshansen April 20, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    Senorita Vino, I really enjoyed your latest Blog post. You always provide the most useful and entertaining information.

    Senor Jim

    • Pamela April 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

      You are the best, Señor Jim. Looking forward to toasting your amazing-ness tonight :-)

  3. Ruby DW (@RubyDW) April 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    Aww thanks for including us! Totally loved the target lounge happy hour i loved the moscato in a box!

    • Pamela April 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

      My pleasure, Ruby. And it was so much fun meeting you! Hope to see you again soon.

  4. Monica April 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    Hilarious! I only have a bit to celebrate special occasions or to relax. ..

    • Pamela April 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

      Thanks, Monica! And those are both great reasons to enjoy wine. Cheers!

  5. whineandcheersforwine April 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    I drink wine because……what a GREAT pregunta! I love all the reasons you listed including Mom’s advice which actually mirrored the advice I got from my abuela in my teens LOL. I think I drink wine to learn aboout it. I have obviously drank wine all my adult life and enjoyed it. But finally, a few years back I began to learn how to appreciate it. The aroma, the taste, the making of and its history. As they say; the more you learn the more you realize there is to learn. Okay I may be paraphrasing but I believe wine to be a life’s learning journey. I am looking forward to this journey and am excited to have it in my life.
    Salud!
    Ernest.

    P.S. Magic, you may not be Boogy-ing but your reply Rocks!

    • Pamela April 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

      Mil gracias, Ernest, for sharing with us why you enjoy wine. Your abuelita sounds like a lady after my own heart! Salud to you on your wine journey – may it continue to delight and inspire you.

  6. pattiecordova April 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    I started drinking wine because it’s much classier than chugging down a beer! LOL… Moscato is my current fav.

  7. Patty April 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    I drink wine simply for the delicious taste. It’s perfect for unwinding and celebrating :)

  8. muybuenocookbook April 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    I love wine!!! I drink a glass of Rioja every evening while I make dinner. It makes dinner making relaxing and enjoyable for me ;)

  9. Bren @ Flanboyant Eats™ April 23, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    I drink mostly to be and stay educated for my clients… I’m not a huge, huge wine drinker so it’s more work for me than anything else. However, I do love me a good sweet wine, Champagne and a robust red! I love your reason no. 4!!! Hooray!

  10. Comiendo en LA April 25, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    I love everything about this post!! I drink wine for #2 and #3. My husband loves wine, so we like to spend some night with a good wine and a movie ( and cheese off course!!)

  11. Catalina October 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    Oh, my goodness! I can’t believe I’m just reading this post. I found it on a google search when I was looking for something. Thank you for including me!! xo

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