Is wine a virtue, a vice, or just a beverage? If you're not sure--and you're drinking some right now--you're not alone.
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by Theresa O'Rourke
Salinas Horacio Hard liquor tastes like trouble. That's why Sadie* drinks wine-soft, velvety white wine, preferably Riesling. The 34-year-old pharmacist loves the flavor, yes, and everything that comes with it: the gratifying snap of the cork, the beads of sweat on a cold glass, the buzz that still takes her by surprise.
Three nights a week, often after a particularly punishing day at work, Sadie will open a bottle with the intention of drinking no more than half. (Her husband only likes vodka, unfortunately--or is that fortunately?--so there's no sharing of the spoils.) Somewhere around the third pour, those intentions wash away. "When there's about a quarter of it left I think, Oh, let's just put this bottle out of its misery," she says.
Killing a bottle on your own may seem excessive...or not. Fact is, Americans are drinking more wine than ever before. In