How to drink a glass of wine
John Saker Awa Press
Well I know how to drink a glass of wine, I chuckle to myself, I get enough practice, boom, boom!
But John Saker, will not only tell you how to do it properly (in a wonderfully unpretentious way), he also gives a fascinating history of wine, in particular in France and even explains the correct temperatures to serve different wines. I didn’t realise that red wine only works at room temperature if the temperature of the room is between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius. I wouldn’t want to be drinking room temperature wine in South Australia at the moment.
The book starts in France in the 1970s with John and his then girlfriend (now wife I believe) picking grapes in Burgundy. As part of their payment, pickers were given a couple of litres of rough wine to drink during the working day. This made the tedium of the work much more tolerable.
Saker also talks about the development of wine from something rough and ready for the masses to drown their sorrows during the industrial revolution, to its place in more recent times as a tipple of connoisseurs to be savoured and appreciated.
Everything you need to drink wine properly is explained, from choosing the right glass to how to swirl the wine and the vital importance of sniffing the wine before tasting.
Apparently men generally swirl their wine anticlockwise and women clockwise and Saker thinks it might be something for readers to analyse.
The way the droplets stick and slide on the side of the glass reflects how much alcohol is in the wine. The more viscous the liquid, the higher the alcohol.
I was also interested to read that wine is so popular not only because it tastes good, but because it is a drink that goes so well with food and company, as long of course, as it is enjoyed responsibly. It is the most common beverage choice for a couple who want to woo each other. Apparently it can be a bit of an aphrodisiac, but again, only if it is drunk responsibly.
It is an easy book to read and laugh out loud funny in some places (sorry folks on the Taita train line who have to put up with my giggle). It would be a great birthday present for someone who loves wine, but perhaps has been a bit embarrassed, like me, to say that they really don’t know much about it.