Is it ever okay to drink wine out of a plastic cup?
In short, no
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.