Wine Drinking 2020

There is nothing constant but changes, as the saying goes. And the world certainly had a 180-degree shift when people were forced to live in what is usually called the new normal. Of course, the ways that people socialise, such as drinking or eating outside, were changed. 

 

Though even with these changes, one cannot deny the fact that for a true oenophile, the wine will still be part of the routine. For some, it is a way to have some sort of semblance to the previous activity one can freely do. For others, it is a way to relax despite the challenging times. 

 

TRIVIA: Did you know? There was an instance during the 20th Century when whiskey was prescribed as a medicine by physicians. And headlines on newspapers would include phrases such as ‘whisky is needed’.

 

The New Norms

With the different effects of the global changes, people have also come up with various ways on how to deal with the current situation. Most have adapted to the online lifestyle where video calls   Zoom, Skype, Whatsapp, WeChat, Viber, Line are more frequent than ever.

 

Here we share some of the ways, one can enjoy drinking their favourite bottle of champagne this 2020:

 

Lounge drinking at home

With the strict protocols in place, people have now brought drinking to home. From snazzy bars and alfresco restaurants, lounging at the comforts of one’s own home is now more prevalent than ever. 

 

"Quarantini" Moments

 Virtually clinking champagne flutes? You bet! When the normal happy hours at your favourite restaurant is abruptly stopped, it doesn’t mean you can’t have it anywhere else. Take it online! What’s best, you can even share secrets to that amazing cocktail mix in an instant.

 

Solo drinking

Physical distancing and avoiding crowds have both become a norm that drinking alone makes more sense than trying to get a friend come over. Also, when you drink alone, you control over what you want to drink (and when), it offers you more freedom in enjoying that precious vintage. This also paves way for a more meaningful moment with choosing what to drink. 

 

With these new norms shared, it gives us more time to be discerning and tasteful when it comes to selecting what bottle to open. And here at Bidvino, we only give out the finest choices and best deals. 

 

2011 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley | BUY NOW

‘A juicy red for the vintage with plum, dark chocolate and hints of vanilla on the nose and palate. Full body, chewy tannins and a medium finish. Well done for 2011. Needs to soften with bottle age: Try in 2015.’

 

2013 Valdicava Brunello Di Montalcino | BUY NOW

‘This is fresh and harmonious, evoking cherry, plum, leather, iron and coffee notes. The tannins are well-integrated with the rich texture and the finish is long and tinged with tobacco. Best from 2020 through 2033. 4,675 cases made, 1,800 cases imported.’

 

2016 Barons De Rothschild (Lafite) Pauillac Légende | BUY NOW

‘Incredible aromas of crushed berries, sweet tobacco and wet earth. So perfumed and gorgeous. Hot stones and cement, too. Full-bodied, dense and powerful with lots of intense tannins and a never-ending finish. Juicy and flavorful. A muscular Lafite, not seen for a long time. Classssssss! Try after 2025.’

 

2015 Sorby Adams The Reverend Canon Cabernet - Shiraz | BUY NOW

‘Sweet curranty fruit, a sheen of vanilla, mint notes, liqueured cherry characters and the overall density of Xmas cake. This doesn't take any backwards steps. Tannin comes at the hostage of the fruit (and oak); everything, from start to finish, feels smooth.’