May 22, 2015 8:45 AM
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May 22, 2015 4:20 PM
Life is too short to make your enjoyment of it dependent on others. Drink alone. Travel alone. Drink while traveling alone.
May 22, 2015 4:19 PM
I would be interested to hear George Thorogood's opinion on this topic.
May 22, 2015 4:18 PM
Here's a low-tech solution to the problem of wanting to open a .75l bottle of wine, when dining alone. In advance, buy a half bottle of decent wine, with a screw-on cap; after consuming its contents, carefully wash the bottle and cap, to later fill with half of a .75l bottle, for subsequent enjoyment. Incidentally, Lettie sounds like my kind of gal; dinner without wine makes me feel sad, regardless of the number of people present. Ditto for lunch without beer or wine. My wife gives up all adult beverages during Lent (except if we're on a cruise), so I limit myself to jug wine during that period, to avoid annoying her by drinking good stuff at shared meals.
May 22, 2015 4:17 PM
One of the joys of being working class is that you get to bypass that traumatic bottle/half-bottle/wine the next day dilemma. Box wine just keeps on giving. I imbibe my cardBordeaux while doing counted cross stitch. I figure as long as I can still count, I've not gone over- bordeaux.
I'm enjoying a Manhattan cocktail by myself as I read this excellent column. My bride (whose screen name shows above) is dining with girlfriends tonight and her choice of bottles to bring to their soiree made me a bit jealous. But hey, if they're enjoying themselves, so should I!
Wine is such an inconvenient drink that I don't understand why anyone puts up with it. Just crack open a beer already, and be done with it.
May 22, 2015 4:16 PM
Do we really care how Lettie Teague drinks her wine or doesn't? This article could have been first-class had it not crossed the line into too much the personal essay.Those of us who follow style trends in communications are observing a shift away from the personal essay to more of a presentation of information and a connecting of the dots about insights. The how-to is dominating.
When Lucullus dines with Lucullus, the wine flows!
When I drank, years ago, I would frequently drink alone. No problem. I wasn't put on this Earth to conform to certain arbitrary rules laid down by the unqualified. Matter of fact, consider this. A lot of violence happens whenever people are drinking. If you are drinking alone, you are rather less prone to committing a violent offense.
I can't believe the things people worry about. If you like wine, drink it.
If you do drink alone and like nice wine, definitely try the Coravin. It makes it easier to drink a glass of nice wine with any dinner - and you can have a glass of exactly the kind of wine that you're in the mood for or that goes with your dinner. I have no connection with the company except being a huge fan of the product. I actually find I drink less wine but better wine now that I use it - there's no pressure to finish off the bottle or half bottle before it goes bad. I also don't need to bother with the reduced selection/availability or higher prices of half bottles anymore.
May 22, 2015 4:15 PM
What about a glass of Bushmills? Do I have a problem?
Better to be happy drinking "alone" then drinking with someone you might not be too fond of,… which can be much worse. One glass of cabernet to be sipped during the evening is fabulous.
May 22, 2015 4:14 PM
I was mislead by the title of this column. It is very frequently time for a single malt, either alone or with friends.
A great article that is long overdue. When I drink alone, it is normally with a sunset or something that creates a slightly meditative state. Analyze that!
Not everyone who drinks alone has a problem, but everyone with a problem eventually drinks alone.
Having a glass of wine with dinner is something I totally enjoy. If I am dining alone well then so be it. When I open a bottle for just myself I add a Wine Preserver which is a completely safe inert gas blanket which just preserves the wine for the next day. Really works well.
Is this subject really worthy of an article?Honestly, drink alone if you want to - not every decision, or any for that matter, should be based on how many "likes" or "thumbs up" one receives!
May 22, 2015 4:13 PM
We have great wines in the Pacific Northwest at very reasonable prices. If you love wine, drink it. Never thought about whether or not drinking it alone was a faux pas. Well, oops!
May 22, 2015 4:12 PM
Dunno about drinking wine. I drink Colonel Meyers Rum. Thus I am never alone: I am drinking with the colonel.
Ms Teague voices opinions after my own heart. At home, I definitely have a glass of wine with dinner every night.I try to elsewhere as well, but there are countries where it isn't possible, or very costly. So in such places I console myself with a beer, or sometimes in Japan with a cold dry sake.Americans should stop attaching the idea of sin to what is pleasurable, the Puritans are dead and buried. And maybe it is sad to some to have a glass of wine alone, but it will cheer you up!
I always drink alone. Oh, wait a minute. Can I call Netflix my friend?
Leftover wine keeps better if exposed to less air. Pour it into an empty half bottle, cork and (optionally) refrigerate. Or get a Coravin. And if you lack company, share your glass with a good book.
You should always drink wine - even alone and under underpasses, behind bus stations, in alleys
Drinking wine when eating alone is OK.Drinking alcoholic beverages alone without eating a meal is deplorable
May 22, 2015 4:11 PM
It's only bad if the bottle is corked & you're too lazy to go get another...
May 22, 2015 4:10 PM
Mead, or honey-wine, is preferred in my household.
It's not drinking alone if the dog is with you.
May 22, 2015 4:09 PM
I especially enjoy drinking alone at breakfast. A glass or two of cheap rosé with poached eggs -- mmmm. Even better if followed by a few tumblers of Hungarian brandy.
May 22, 2015 4:08 PM
I make it a strict rule to only drink alone or when with a friend(s). (This practice has helped me make many friends.)
When I drink alone, I prefer to be by my self.