It is often said that many Europeans, especially in countries like France, Italy and Spain, drink wine at dinner nearly all the time. It is their belief that wine is supposed to accompany food. This is an important component in creating "wine cultures" in such countries. Wine becomes a necessity as well as an everyday occurrence.
Yet in the U.S., it is often said that wine is primarily meant to be drank on its own. Despite numerous people drinking wine with dinner, it is far less an everyday occurrence. It is much less frequent. Thus, the U.S. has far less of a wine culture. Wine becomes something "special" rather than ordinary. Maybe this should change. Maybe we would benefit from a more European view of wine.
Before I go into more depth on the subject, let me start off with a simple poll.
The new poll question is: Which Drink Do You Most Often Have With Dinner? The possible answers include: Wine, Beer, Spirits, and Non-Alcoholic Drinks.
When the poll is finished, I will have more to say on the topic.