Why Drink Wine From A Jar?

There are a few reasons to drink wine from a jar.

Drink warm Italian Duca Sanfelici red wine from a jar on a cold winter night.
Drink warm Italian Duca Sanfelici red wine from a jar on a cold winter night.

Drinking Wine From Jars Is My Favorite Way To Enjoy The Grape

All wine gift baskets should include at least one fancy jar of mustard. Why? So that when the person who you've gifted the wine to is done with the mustard, they can drink wine from a jar and remember you and your thoughtful gift.

I've always preferred drinking wine from a jar. You may laugh, but this is a step up from a jug, or the bottle! I don't know much about wine, but I do know that Gallo and Boone's Farm have the reputation they do because of the low brow quality and mass quantity of what they produce. When I was a kid we'd buy a jug of Gallo and sit around the campfire passing the behemoth around until it was done. Also when I was younger we occasionally bought a bottle of Boone's Farm to drink on a sunny day sitting at the beach. Not exactly sipping a Cabernet Savignon watching the stars. Still, they are what they are and they were my third and fourth experiences with wine-like products, coming in just after Chianti (indulging at a young age at Italian weddings) and Mogen David (the only alcohol my parents let us have a sip to cheers with at Christmas when we were kids) collectively these modest wines are the foundation of my grape experience. Wine cellars of the world may not store these libations, but convenience stores do.

Then as I grew a little wiser, I started to drink some Merlots', Shiraz', Beaujolais', Pinots' and yes, I also enjoy a little Riesling now and again. The one thing I've never liked about wine, is it's austerity. Being a fairly large man the contrast of holding a dainty thin-stemmed wine glass can be a bit much. It makes you feel somewhat like King Kong lifting the waify Ann Darrow character up to your face when you examine the contents. KING KONG LIKE WINE, ME LIKE AMBER HUE AND MINERALITY NUANCE! My solution has always been to resort to drinking wine from jars.

Jars are formidable, they don't break easy. Jars are proletariat, wine glasses are elite. Jars are frugal, wine glasses are an indulgence. Now, that being said, lets pull in the reins here for a moment.


King Kong THIRSTY FOR THE GRAPE!!! Need jar to drink wine from NOW!

Original 1933 King Kong movie poster, U.S. public domain only.
Original 1933 King Kong movie poster, U.S. public domain only.

Drink wine from a Riedel glass or an Obester Garlic Mustard jar?

My daughter and I broke all of my wife's delicate Riedel glasses. If you don't know, Riedel glasses are the creme de la creme of wine glasses. They are made of crystal, when you toast with them it sounds like an angel just hit their highest note in a heaven full of harps and mandolins. They really are something, those Riedel glasses. It damn near broke my heart to see my wife so upset over those things. Someday we'll join a wine club and I'll get her some new ones, then I'll smuggle in my used jar! Which brings me to my next point about drinking wine from jars.

It's OK to drink wine from fancy glasses, such as the Riedel glass. But for someone like me, someone who doesn't much value austerity or pomp, I reserve drinking wine from such vessels only on special occasions. The rare chance to eat at a fine dining restaurant for example, or as a dinner guest of friends and family. In those circumstances I mostly prefer to swim in the same glass as my company.

Conversely, if an old friend is over, say someone you haven't seen in a long time and who doesn't realize your taste in wine has surpassed the jug, you may or may not want to drink from the jar. Depends on the type of friend and whether or not you feel the need to impress upon them: A) You are now as sophisticated as a British Royale and as such you prefer only to eat finger sandwiches, drink wine from gold-leafed crystal glasses and to wipe your mouth with silk napkins. Or B) You have indeed increased in sophistication but not so much that you've become an obtuse bore. You're still the disarming, fun guy they once knew, but now you like to drink a Spanish Celeste 2006 Torres out of an old hexagonal Laurent Du Clos Walnut Dijon jar!


Drink Wine From A Jar And Join We The People, The Real Wine Club.

Photo of the Author tearing down the barriers of class and distinction all the while tying on a good one.
Photo of the Author tearing down the barriers of class and distinction all the while tying on a good one.

Don't Take It From This Vulgar American Eccentric, Take It From Wine Valley's History.

I drink wine from a jar also because I'm an artist. I'll be frank about it, I don't give a rat's rump what anyone thinks of me and my jars. I also shove tapered candles into old wine bottles and walk around in my green apple boxers eating Braunschweiger on rye but I digress from my point. I am unashamedly a blend of academia and roadhouse, it's a mongrel attitude that's fairly common here in the States, at least with creatives. My opinion on matters of taste are probably frowned on by the Martha Stewarts of the world, although I like to think Julia Childs and I would have a hell of a party!

Drinking wine from a jar, believe it or not, is closer to the roots of viniculture. In the Old World, especially in the rural areas, wine is still drank peasant style from a regular tumbler or mason glass. I heard this from a beautiful, knowledgeable and dare I say succulent wine rep here in the States (my wife) and she told me to double check so I did. Upon further review from various Italian, French and Greek sources, it is true that much of the world enjoys wine from a plain glass or jar, not a thin-stemmed "wine glass". This is a great fact to know the next time you want to stick it to a wine snob! I don't mean to be cruel or mean, but sometimes you have to fight fire with fire you know? What's more, this history is a great segue into my next point about drinking wine from a jar.

Wine was originally a "people's drink". There was a time when there was no such thing as a $500 dollar bottle of wine with a "once in a century" vintage. A time when words weren't whispered about the next big thing at the wine club. Wine was just wine. You drank it because it was better than dirty well water. But over time, as so often is the case, a combination of clever marketing and bone-headed elitism produces wines (and glasses!) that aren't for regular people. That is why I prefer to mostly drink wine from a jar. Jars are the Robin Hood of the wine world, leaving thin stemmed glasses to crowned corporate kings and queens who wear metaphorical monocles and survive on grossly exorbitant State subsidized salaries or private nepotistic trust funds. The rest of us will drink from a jar.

Lastly, many people believe that drinking wine from a thin stemmed glass will help keep the wine at proper temperature. The fact is that body heat doesn't effect the temperature as much as the ambient temperature of the environment.Body heat temperature on a glass of wine, from the research I have done, is negligible. The original design of the wine glass came from elite precious metal goblets. Once glass design was perfected, artisans just carried over the shape of the goblet to the new glass media because people were used to and like that shape.

So hold your jar high! Drink wine from your jar triumphantly! Here's to you, me and those we love, hears to drinking wine from a jar! Cheers! Na zdrowie! Letenachin! Ваше здоровье! Proost! Salahmatie! Gan bei! Zum Wohl! Salute! Salud!

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cheaptrick 6 years ago from the bridge of sighs

Hi Ben.Great Hub,

But I quit drinking when they invented the funnel lol.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Lol, thanks cheaptrick for the visual! If it ever comes down to funnels, I'll know I need to check my liver in for good!!!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

very nice one,

hey I cam down here to greet you Happy holidays to you and yours, Maita


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thank you Maita, we do our Christmas holiday traveling this time of year, just got back! I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Ben


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

I'll drink any wine, even if it's some of the nasty french stuff with a bit of anti freeze thrown in, although red wine is the best I do occasionally partake of a few white wines even though they look distinctly yellow....right now I can't remember what I've drunk but I drunk it well!

Will have to try drinking out of a jar!

Have you heard of that old myth of supposedly drinking booze with a straw is supposed to make you more drunkerer!?


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Ha, my wife and I had a good laugh at your comment waynet. I formerly only drank reds, then overtime stopped drinking much wine at all, then went back to wine but probably 2/3rds white or yellow like you mentioned. Glad to see you letting loose and that I'm not the only one who has a few glasses then goes on HubPages!

Also, I have only drank out of a straw/tube twice once when I was young and inexperience about drinking, and the other as part of a Halloween costume, both times, completely annihilated, I think that myth may actually be true! Maybe you should run your own test and write a hub about it!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

Yes I think I will test this out with the straw and alcohol, seems like a good experiment to try and document it on hubpages.

And yes I've been drunk before on hubpages a few times in the forums and it was funny as I think there were others who'd had a skinfull too hahaha....just got a headache now...must rest and let the christmas drinking commence until new year then I'll kick it in high gear to see in the new year...busy,busy drinking times!!


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Carol the Writer 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

I will drink to you with a jar, next time I have some wine. Stay independent! - Carol


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thank you Carol, for your warm words. I like your battle cry, I will do my best to stay independent! Thanks for stopping by!


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LegumePastabasta 6 years ago

I like you funny man, I am drinking also from the bottle or the jar. I think so you should having drink every day. When comes the eating. If I have no wine I am drinking the vinigar after the eating.Helping you with inside . You funnyman I like you


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks for the compliment Legume, I do my best to write from the heart, and wouldn't you know it? It's funny in there!

Na Zdrowie!

Ben


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

Proost...Very funny and true. My husband hates wine glasses. My mother broke three of my crystal glasses last year at Thanksgiving so I bought plastic ones this year so I feel your wife's pain. My husband would totally agree with you one day I thought I would do him a favor and bought him...Stemless, but he still uses the tumbler.

Happy New Year to You and Your Family.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Happy New Year to your and yours also Tammy! Chances are good I'll be busting out the jar tonight! Hope you found some Mississippi sunshine today! It's sunny here, but around 20F!!!


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Great way to drink wine. If I am in a hurry I will drink it with ice cubes. God Bless.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks stars! Hope you had a great New Years!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I once thought I would like to learn about wines, but found it was a little too expensive a hobby to indulge (kind of like collecting $100 bills...). In that respect, perhaps drinking wine from a jar might be more in keeping for me.

I better try drinking wine from a jar as soon as possible, which might be a step up from buying boxed wine and just holding my mouth under the tap. Ok, I haven't really done that. Yet.

BTW, I liked the King Kong picture. Nice touch.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Hey Mike, I hear you on the expense of wine as a hobby, maybe I will make that an article in the future. My wife (a wine rep) reports to me that it is possible to find great wines for under $12/bottle. Boxed wines always surprise me by their quality, they have a certain freshness to them. Thanks for the kudos over the King Kong pic, I tried on that one!!!


Rose Barrett 6 years ago

I have to respond to that last comment on boxed wine- I have to say you would be surprised by the quality sometimes. As Americans, we romanticize wine and are stuck in the idea that it must be bottled. In Europe however, boxed wine is totally ok and recycling a box is way better than recycling the tons of bottles of wine we go through.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Rose, I completely agree! Not only is it better for the environment, but it has a certain freshness in flavor that you don't always get with a bottle. There's an American stigma to be sure, thanks for the enlightenment about the European attitude!

Ben


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HomerMCho 4 years ago

Very interesting topic.


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Ben Zoltak 4 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks HomerMCho, I thought so anyway! I still drink wine from a jar, although I enjoy sharing a glass or two with my wife from a traditional glass as well.

Cheers!

Ben


Kevin 2 years ago

Hey Ben, you may not know -- but in Bistro's throughout France I was served wine in jars -- I found your blog while searching to prove this to someone. Great write-up, equal parts funny and interesting. Keep it up (3 years ago)!


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Ben Zoltak 2 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Hey Kevin, sorry about the delay, I've been on hiatus! I love this! I had no idea, not that I needed another reason to love France! Can't wait to share the fact with my wife this morning, and in the future hopefully near the Riviera. I still drink wine from a jar ( an octagonal mustard jar is my favori te) though my wife is more a riedel gal ;oP

I promise to write more, working on it now in fact.

Thank you for your kind words!

Ben

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