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Is it ever okay to drink wine out of a plastic cup?

In short, no

1y ago

Two years ago I went on a seven-day hike in the Tasmanian overland, a beautiful wilderness where any snake you come across is venomous and where it’s possible to get sunburnt while perishing from hypothermia.

Obviously, it’s something you have to prepare for. The advice I was given by hiking gurus who spend a quarter of their annual income on Kathmandu gear was that saving weight is paramount. You shouldn’t bring spare clothes, you should take threads out your existing ones, you should buy a bamboo toothbrush and then cut it in half, and your diet should consist of nuts, high-energy bars, jerky, and dehydrated beans.

So I packed a spare change of clothes, equal weight in hand sanitiser to water, enough noodles and muesli bars to make the distance, and then filled up the rest of the pack with mandarins and plum puddings. The thinking? If I find after 50 minutes into a 7 day hike that my food is too heavy, I’ll take it out and eat it.

I also brought a Pop-Top bottle of port, as did my brother. Every night after a day’s trudging through hail, heat, and misery, out would come the port Pop-Top bottle. And in my case, a little shot glass.

It was actually a mini jam jar, but the fact is, it was glass. In a wilderness where everything that defines cultured humanity – soap, a chair, cutlery, Wi-Fi – is stripped away from you and replaced with a whole lot of zips, the cold touch of glass amidst the scent of fortified wine is beautiful.

It's cemented my conviction that wine should always be in a glass.

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Comments (20)

  • The jam jar 'shot glass' sitting with pride amongst the other wine glasses.

    Yes, those ones on the side are plastic, and yes, I've protested against them.

      1 year ago
  • Glass is preference, but if plastic is all that is available I say go for it.

      1 year ago
  • Any glass is better than a plastic or paper cup. But any cup is better than straight from the bottle. You miss out on loads of aromatics drinking from the bottle... but if it’s not that special of a wine, it doesn’t really matter, as long as it gets drunk, right?

      1 year ago
    • Ah yes, I forgot about smelling the wine in that passionate 'from the bottle' comment.

        1 year ago
    • Lol. Sometimes you just gotta have a drink from the bottle 🤷🏻‍♂️😅

        1 year ago
  • Ok, so, I'm really, really against this, but every so often, it's required for purely practical purposes... But they're the only circumstances. As Death Cab for Cutie sang... 'Drinking Champagne from a paper cup is never quite the same'

      1 year ago
  • I prefer to drink wine from the skulls of my vanquished enemies, but plastic will do in a pinch.

      1 year ago