So, I spoke about this topic with @laura when joining the WS Forum…How do you guys manage wine drinking and appreciation and to what extent do you consider general health, it’s effect on any physical activity you do and if relevant, performance in any sport you do?
I’m no competitive sports person but have spent many years learning martial arts, and 5-6 days a week strength and conditioning in crossfit and following a programme set by my coach.
I also LOVE wine, so you see the dilemma. I’m also doubly cursed as once a bottle is open, particulalry if it is decanting it has a certain ‘window’ of drinking, which I’d never forgive myself on missing out on.
Whenever I have say between 0.5-1 bottle the next day I feel as flat as a pancake and don’t perform anywhere near as sharp and peppy as I would.
So my solutions to this are generally to drink less wine during the week and only really 1-2 nights per week, particularly if the following day is rest day and/or have a half bottle (of something outstanding ably assisted by the WS excellent half bottle range!)
I know there has been a huge push in the media and by the government to try and ‘nudge’ middle-aged, middle class wine drinkers to drink less as many underestimate their drinking quantity or what a unit of alcohol is etc. I tend to try and keep my drinking in single unit figures when it comes to drinking in general - Hence why I love tastings as you can get a small sample of exceptional wine and either spit or consume a very small quantity but never compromising on quality or variety.
Maybe inspiration should be found from the Grand Tour riders of the pre-war era who would take brandy before a sprint finish or Bill Werbernik of the snooker heyday!