Sunday, 16 December 2012

Grape and grain

When I was a kid, we never had any drink in the house apart from at Christmas. At Christmas dinner, it was bottles of Greenall’s Bullseye Brown Ale (once I was old enough, I would get a shandy), and a glass of port to follow. It was probably the late 70s before a bottle of Lutomer Riesling actually graced the Christmas dinner table.

But, since then, there has been a dramatic change in British drinking habits. More and more, having a bottle of wine at home has replaced having a few pints down the pub. Between 1980 and 2010, according to the BBPA statistics, wine consumption grew by 148%, while beer consumption fell by 46%. You get the impression that, for many families, and not just those in the comfortable middle classes, cracking open a bottle with the evening meal is now routine.

So I thought I would ask how often people drank wine at home. Obviously the readership of this blog is going to be more beer-focused than the average person, but even so 23% of respondents said they drank wine at home more than once a week, although 59% said they did so less than one a month. There’s a very clear polarisation between frequent drinkers and rare-or-never drinkers. It would be interesting to see what a similar survey of the general population revealed. It would also be interesting to see an analysis of singles vs couples.

4 comments:

  1. I don't mind the odd glass or two of wine, especially if it's a half decent one. I don't normally bother opening a bottle at home though, as my wife doesn't drink, so a bottle would really be wasted. (I realise a bottle will keep over several days, but I have to be in the right mood to drink wine).

    Again, if we're out for a meal, there's no point in ordering a bottle as I would have to drink the whole thing myself (done it before when I was younger, and not as sensible as I am now). Also, I much prefer a decent glass (or two) of beer with my food, so again I don't normally get to drink wine.

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  2. My next-door neighbours seem to spend most of their time in Spain and ask me to clear their mail while they are away. In reward for this, I always get a bottle of wine. I have made it clear I prefer white, as I simply can't understand red. It's normally a decent bottle, so my answer is "once a month".

    I have to say that, despite this, the delights of wine largely pass me by.

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  3. Not interested in drinking wine at all. Have plenty of beers in the cupboard though!!

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  4. "the delights of wine largely pass me by" Ignormai! ;)

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