"One not only drinks wine,
one smells it, observes it,
tastes it, sips it and
one talks about it"

King Edward VII

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"Respect Wine and Wine Will Respect You"

Wine, along with other alcoholic beverages, is being equated by groups of well funded social engineers with tobacco. As a result, the success of the anti-smoking camapign has buoyed many lobbiests to set alcohol in their sights. Alcohol when abused is a serious problem, whereas, sensible and moderate alcohol consumption, and in particular wine, is well recognized and researched as having health, social and psychological benefits.  Wine is not afforded the courtesy of being significantly different to tobacco.

We must define the health and social factors which make wine different when it is consumed sensibly and in moderation.  In such a context it is part of a lifestyle - it complements food.  We often forget that food is not solely nutrition.  Food is culture and should be shared either in families, in social groups, and with regards to sharing either at the table or within groups.  Here it is where wine has a home - proper eating habits and culture are considered as useful to combat the pandemic of obesity.  Claude Fischer, the French sociologist, espouses commensality as a preventative agent for obesity.  Here where screens - television, mobile phones, I-pads and hopefully Google glasses are switched off, having no place at the table, then people will regain the respect of a healthy eating culture.  This is where wine is especially in its element for all aspects of wellbeing.

In short we need to consider the place of wine for its place in social and health benefits and for psychological wellbeing.