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Wine for singles

This week's Wine Lovers' Voting Booth topic about wine lovers' relationships with our mates, partners or significant others has generated a flurry of E-mail from single folks asking, "Hey! What about us?"

This is a fair question. Most of us think of wine as a beverage to enjoy in a social setting, and in any case, a full 750 ml wine bottle contains way too much wine for a single person to enjoy at a sitting. It seems less extravagant when two people share, even if there's still a bit left over at the end of the evening.

So, whether you're dining alone or with a partner who doesn't drink wine, what's a solitary wine lover to do?

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Look for wine in half-bottles (375ml). Although relatively few wines come in these smaller bottles, this size seems to be somewhat more available these days.

  • Invest in one of the vacuum or inert-gas systems for preserving leftover wine. They don't work well for more than a few days, but they will help keep your wine fresh for at least a night or two. To extend its useful life for a few more days, put the leftover wine in the refrigerator.

  • Learn to cook with wine. Use half a bottle in your dinner (the alcohol will mostly cook off) and enjoy a glass or two of what's left.

  • Invite friends over to share.

If you have useful suggestions for wine-loving singles, please pass them on by E-mail to me at If we get enough good ideas, I will summarize them in another edition. And if you haven't yet participated in the Wine Lovers' Voting Booth, please drop by and add your opinion.

Express Notes:
We'll be late tomorrow

Because of a schedule conflict, Wine Advisor Express won't go out until late in the day tomorrow, rather than its usual morning publication time. See you then!

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Thursday, June 28, 2001
Copyright 2001 by Robin Garr. All rights reserved.

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