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Hitchens call to Wine Drinking Revolt

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I don’t often find myself agreeing entirely with the irascrible Christopher Hitchens but I have nothing but full-throated affirmation for his most recent diatribe Wine Drinkers of the World, Unite: You have nothing to lose but inflated bills and interrupted anecdotes

The vile practice of butting in and pouring wine without being asked is the very height of the second kind of bad manners. Not only is it a breathtaking act of rudeness in itself, but it conveys a none-too-subtle and mercenary message: Hurry up and order another bottle. Indeed, so dulled have we become to the shame and disgrace of all this that I have actually seen waiters, having broken into the private conversation and emptied the flagon, ask insolently whether they should now bring another one. Again, imagine this same tactic being applied to the food.

Now perhaps someone can explain to me the reason so many places have started pouring me a glass of wine not from the bottle where (I hope) it just came, but from a mini-carafe which might as well be a glass since that’s certainly all the wine it can hold. Is this some mysterious new way of aerating the wine or is this merely to disguise the fact that you just squirted some in from the box o’ wine dispenser in the back?

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