It’s only 3 o’clock on a Friday, yet you’re already finding yourself incessantly watching the time and counting down the minutes until Wine O’Clock strikes. When it does, will you take delicate sips of a Pinot or glug down the Savvy B? Which type of Wine O’Clock drinker are you?
The sipper is your middle of the road wine fan, wine-savvy but not too much, looking to get tipsy but not drunk. The sipper is the friend to turn to for good (read: not pompous and patronising) suggestions on which bottle you should bring to dinner, the one you can enjoy a good cheese board with knowing he won’t either get drunk or start commenting on the wine list.
The slurper is a wine lover all right – in fact s/he loves wine so much they can’t hold it in their glass for longer than five seconds. By the time you’ve started sipping on your glass of red they will already be asking for the next one. They might not remember what their drink actually tasted like, but they will sure remember the hangover on Saturday morning.
Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir or Malbec: for them it doesn’t matter, not because they don’t care, but because they’re not fussy. These copycats will get whichever wine you’re getting. You won’t see them whining over the wine list or discussing the merits of the Chenins or the tannins: all they want is a Wine O’Clock drink to get them in the mood for the weekend.
The wine snob
Whatever you do, don’t ask a wine snob for advice at Wine O’Clock. “Well, what are you looking for? A herbaceous-nosed, floral number with a balanced palate or an intense, grassy Chenin-based wine with a nutty finish?” If that’s all Greek to you don’t worry – same here. Wine snobs come with an instruction leaflet: do not, for any reason, bring them to Wine O’Clock drinks. They’ll probably start swirling their wine glasses so much they’ll make you dizzy.
The Dry-January knight
Whether it’s Dry January, Stoptober, No-Wine February or just a weekday, these guys will make you feel terrible just for having a sip of your favourite drink. Haven’t they heard that a glass of red is better than a workout? And that it’s the secret to a long life? Stay dry all you like, just don’t whine about it.
So which Wine O’Clock drinker are you? We’re definitely sippers. In fact, we’ve got a quote to describe our philosophy right here, right now:
“We use a brand-new technique to keep money in your pocket, wits on your head and to actually taste what you’re drinking: the sip, don’t slurp,” – Us, just now.
Cheers to the weekend!
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