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How many wines a day?

#1 Post by Dan Kravitz » June 29th, 2019, 5:30 pm

I usually drink less than a bottle a day. But I've noticed that I very rarely open a bottle and drink that same wine through the evening. At some point, I want something different. As I own a fair amount of wine as well as a refrigerator, I can start with a white, Rose or bubbly, then open a red or take one from the previous night out of the fridge and get something else in my glass... or vice-versa.

How many different wines do you usually try in a typical night?
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#2 Post by Anton D » June 29th, 2019, 5:33 pm

On a given night at home, my wife and I may share a glass or two of the same wine.

If we have company, we may have more.

With our wine friends, each person or couple usually adds a wine.
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#3 Post by alan weinberg » June 29th, 2019, 5:34 pm

0-6. I usually only drink 2-3 nights a week. If just wife and I are drinking, 1. If hosting a dinner, like tonight, 5 or 6.

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#4 Post by Neal.Mollen » June 29th, 2019, 5:54 pm

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I usually drink less than a bottle a day. But I've noticed that I very rarely open a bottle and drink that same wine through the evening. At some point, I want something different. As I own a fair amount of wine as well as a refrigerator, I can start with a white, Rose or bubbly, then open a red or take one from the previous night out of the fridge and get something else in my glass... or vice-versa.

How many different wines do you usually try in a typical night?
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#5 Post by Frank Drew » June 29th, 2019, 6:52 pm

Normally, I don’t open more than one bottle, and that means I’ll drink 1/3 of a bottle with dinner. Wine dinners with friends, somewhat infrequent lately, we’ll probably open 4-6 bottles between 3-7 of us.

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#6 Post by Ian S » June 29th, 2019, 8:57 pm

Unless we're dining out, a bottle lasts several days at home. We might, on very rare occasions, have 2 different bottles open if my wife wants a white and I want a red. Most times this 2 bottle situation happens when 1 bottle is already open and one of us wants something else the next night or so.
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#7 Post by Maxwell A. » June 29th, 2019, 9:46 pm

I like to have multiple bottles open to follow as they change over the course of at least a few days, so I voted "2".
I love having a younger German riesling open for up to a week in the fridge. I'll have a small glass every day and see how it develops. It's nice to have such a delicious, thirst quenching drink right after getting home from a long day of work.
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#8 Post by GregT » June 30th, 2019, 12:22 am

A bottle lasts through dinner if it's just my wife and me. We wouldn't put away a half-finished dinner bottle because that would mean we'd need to open another bottle. Sometimes we may open something else, like a white, to have after dinner and we may keep half of that bottle to finish later, like I'm doing now.

If there are additional people for dinner, we'll start with the assumption of a bottle per person and take it from there.
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#9 Post by James Billy » June 30th, 2019, 2:16 am

Unless you use a wine preservation system, it's only feasible to open multiple bottles over several days if they are young (relative to their cellaring potential.) This is even more the case for many whites. A lot of, say, 10 year old whites will fall over after a few days. Of course, there are many exceptions!

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#10 Post by C. Keller » June 30th, 2019, 5:53 am

Only on the weekends. But when its open its empty a few hours later. I have this weird phobia of it going bad once its open. Very rarely do I open a bottle and then finish it the next day.
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#11 Post by Paul McCourt » June 30th, 2019, 8:42 am

Completely situational.

Me, or me and the wife I'll open just one. But even that can be different if it is over a long day with late afternoon cheese then late dinner, etc. Then maybe two or three different bottles.

Other times with more people it could be many, many different bottles. Or, if it is just dinner and a certain wine is working,multiple bottles of the same.
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#12 Post by Paul Jaouen » June 30th, 2019, 8:49 am

Quite often two but it's situational. Had clams casino as an app last night so white matched that well but with main of veal, I wanted a red to go with that.
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#13 Post by GregT » June 30th, 2019, 12:28 pm

But when its open its empty a few hours later. I have this weird phobia of it going bad once its open. Very rarely do I open a bottle and then finish it the next day.
I would generally agree with that but I've found that young whites can often hold up. We never keep anything else open.
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#14 Post by Markus S » June 30th, 2019, 12:39 pm

Like love and marriage, you only need ONE.
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#15 Post by William Kelley » June 30th, 2019, 1:09 pm

Shockingly, having tasted around 6,000 wines in my first year at The Wine Advocate, I would need an option for >16 on average. There are very few days when I don't taste.
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#16 Post by Matthew King » June 30th, 2019, 1:57 pm

William Kelley wrote:
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Shockingly, having tasted around 6,000 wines in my first year at The Wine Advocate, I would need an option for >16 on average. There are very few days when I don't taste.
William — it must be hard to do that. I would imagine that wine must often feel like work to you.

When I was an editor at The Hollywood Reporter it was hard for me to just watch a film on a Saturday night at the multiplex with everyone else and not tie it all back into the industry. What was mindless escapism and fun recreation for most often felt like a day at the office.

I missed just going to the movies as a lark. I could imagine wine being like that for you ...

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#17 Post by dsimmons » June 30th, 2019, 3:56 pm

The wife and I normally share a bottle with dinner. However in the summer we frequently pop a white wine in the late afternoon to enjoy on the deck. This is usually a second bottle.
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#18 Post by Neal.Mollen » June 30th, 2019, 4:25 pm

William Kelley wrote:
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Shockingly, having tasted around 6,000 wines in my first year at The Wine Advocate, I would need an option for >16 on average. There are very few days when I don't taste.
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#19 Post by David Glasser » June 30th, 2019, 4:51 pm

alan weinberg wrote:
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0-6. I usually only drink 2-3 nights a week. If just wife and I are drinking, 1. If hosting a dinner, like tonight, 5 or 6.
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#20 Post by Ian S » June 30th, 2019, 5:41 pm

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It's nice to have such a delicious, thirst quenching drink right after getting home from a long day of work.
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#21 Post by Dan Kravitz » June 30th, 2019, 6:16 pm

to William Kelley,

Thanks for contributing. But the question was about drinking, not tasting. I am probably tasting ~1500 wines a year (this includes blending trials). That's probably down from ~2000 - 2500. Judging obviously requires tasting far more wines than blending and buying, but blending and buying is still work and still requires a lot of tasting. Happily, I rarely find that a day of tasting and blending ruins my appetite for drinking wine with dinner, although there are certainly a few Beer Only evenings every year... especially in hot weather.

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#22 Post by J a y H a c k » June 30th, 2019, 6:39 pm

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0-6. I usually only drink 2-3 nights a week. If just wife and I are drinking, 1. If hosting a dinner, like tonight, 5 or 6.
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#23 Post by JDavisRoby » June 30th, 2019, 9:16 pm

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#24 Post by Robert M yers » June 30th, 2019, 9:23 pm

1 on a work night, but most always go to 2 or 3 on “weekends”. I usually like to see what the too early we opened red shows on the next day anyways when the weekend allows.

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#25 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » June 30th, 2019, 11:44 pm

When both of us are home, bottles rarely get opened and not finished unless they are flawed or not showing well and could be showing better day 2. Usually, though, we open and finish 1 - 3 over the course of an evening or day, depending on day of the week. If I am home alone for a week, though, I often take that as a week to cut some calories and will stick to a glass with dinner. Those weeks I will have 3 - 4 bottles open to cover a variety of meal pairing options.

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#26 Post by GregT » July 1st, 2019, 12:18 am

William Kelley wrote:
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Shockingly, having tasted around 6,000 wines in my first year at The Wine Advocate, I would need an option for >16 on average. There are very few days when I don't taste.
Most people in the business taste a lot of wine. When I was selling the stuff I tasted thousands each year, making an effort to taste as many as possible. You spit and don't count those. After work, you go to the gym, go for a run, and open something good, or finish one or more of the bottles you've opened earlier. If you don't keep tasting, you don't know what's in the market, what's priced where, and how you're holding up against the competition.
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#27 Post by William Kelley » July 1st, 2019, 9:49 am

Matthew King wrote:
June 30th, 2019, 1:57 pm
William Kelley wrote:
June 30th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Shockingly, having tasted around 6,000 wines in my first year at The Wine Advocate, I would need an option for >16 on average. There are very few days when I don't taste.
William — it must be hard to do that. I would imagine that wine must often feel like work to you.

When I was an editor at The Hollywood Reporter it was hard for me to just watch a film on a Saturday night at the multiplex with everyone else and not tie it all back into the industry. What was mindless escapism and fun recreation for most often felt like a day at the office.

I missed just going to the movies as a lark. I could imagine wine being like that for you ...

Best to you. And, as always, appreciate your continued involvement with this puzzling site!
Amazingly, it doesn't generally have that effect on me; I think because, while I taste a lot, I very rarely do the kind of long, centralized tastings that many journalists, by force of circumstances, are obliged to do. A big day for me is visiting five domaines in Burgundy, where I might taste 50 or so wines between 9 am and 6 pm. Which is quite different from sitting in an office in Paso and tasting 150+ reds, and much less exhausting.

But it does mean that my desire to drink young high-appellation red and white Burgundy is effectively zero, since I'm so often exposed to it—which is great for protecting the bottles aging in my cellar. After tasting a lot, I generally reach for an older wine at home. And if I want a young, refreshing wine I gravitate towards Champagne, Beaujolais, Savoie or Loire rather than the Côte d'Or.

We will typically open 1-2 bottles for a quiet night and a rough overage of 1.5-2 bottles per head for a dinner with friends. But being in the business clearly skews that number higher than it would otherwise be.
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#28 Post by Alan Rath » July 1st, 2019, 1:03 pm

One, unless (infrequently) I have wines left over from a group dinner, or unless we finish off the remains of a bottle and move on to open another that evening.
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#29 Post by Craig G » July 1st, 2019, 1:30 pm

Markus S wrote:
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#30 Post by Neal.Mollen » July 1st, 2019, 1:32 pm

Craig G wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 1:30 pm
Markus S wrote:
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Isn’t that two?
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#31 Post by Joshua Kates » July 1st, 2019, 5:16 pm

I also usually drink only 2 or 3 times a week, but like the OP, I usually want more than one wine, most often white (or champagne) plus red.

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#32 Post by PaulMills » July 1st, 2019, 5:50 pm

We usually have a red and either a white or rose open on the weeekends. It took us four days to go through a rose and a red this past weekend. It is nice to have options.

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