Another story for the “don’t hate the playa; hate the game” files here at Wine Scamp International:
Professor Steve Allsop, whose National Drug Research Institute study concludes that larger wine glasses mislead wine drinkers, says this causes consumers to drink more than they intend to, as reported in an article in Australia’s Herald Sun.
Australia’s Department of Health defines a standard glass of wine as 150 ml, about 5 ounces. Maximum recommended alcoholic intake for a woman is 2 glasses of wine; for a man, it’s 4. The study showed that when people poured what they considered an average serving of wine, they ended up with 6 to 10 ounces in the glass. Thus the Australian public over-serves itself with blithe ignorance, especially women. I can only assume it’s especially women because we’re not supposed to drink as much as men. Certainly it couldn’t be because we’re out of control and need male scientists and politicians to teach us how to modulate our behavior. Great, glad we cleared that up.
Australia’s federal government is jumping into action to address this problem of heavy pouring by including a standard drink logo on bottles of wine to tell people how many servings are in the container. That works really well with Americans and snack food, as anyone who counts out one 10-cracker serving of Wheat Thins for their afternoon snack knows. So it’s good to see we’re setting a good example for the world with our abstemious approach to food portions.
I agree that it’s easy to pour a little heavy at home, especially into a glass big enough to swirl your wine in, but can we just cool it with the puritanical hullaballoo? If we can trust women enough to assign them the job of feeding our children and patriarchs, surely we can trust them to pour the perfect portion of wine for every occasion. Can’t we?