When you bottle feed your baby, your entire life revolves around ounces. I don’t think I really understood what a fluid ounce looked like before I had Henry – and was constantly filling up bottles.
The other day, I was writing a freelance piece on what qualifies as a ‘healthy’ amount of wine. Alcohol can actually reduce your risk of heart disease and some other ailments if you drink in moderation and if you aren’t predisposed to other diseases and if your body responses well to alcohol (that’s a lot of ifs, so the conclusion of my piece as that it’s probably better to just focus on diet and exercise if you want to be healthier… dammit).
According to the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans, if you drink, you should stick to one drink a day if you’re female and two a day if you’re male. What counts as ‘one drink?’
12 fluid ounces of regular beer
1.5 fluid ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits
5 fluid ounces of white/red wine
When I read that, I thought, “Damn, only 5 ounces of wine? That’s not a lot!” So I decided to see exactly what 5 ounces of wine looks like in a variety of glasses.
I may be mistaken (sorry, not a sommelier!), but from left to right: a pinot noir glass, a shiraz glass, a champagne flute, and an inexpensive, standard wine glass.
First, here’s five ounces of wine.
That looks so wrong. Don’t worry, I scrubbed that bottle so thoroughly after this experiment!
In the two large red glasses:
Oh man. So tiny.
In the other glasses:
The container you drink out of sure does make a difference, doesn’t it? This may explain why I’ve been waking up with a slight hangover – I prefer those bigger glasses and definitely overfill them. Now I know the imaginary ‘line’ that I should be aiming for when I savor my favorite reds.
Henry is going to stick to his favorite variation of white for now.
I worked in an upscale restaurant (with the big fancy wine glasses that I love too) so I have always been aware of just how small an accurate pour is, but I’m still known to overpour every once in awhile 😉
I wonder if it feels like you are drinking more when you drink the same amount out of a small glass (because it’s full) versus a large glass (which looks nearly empty). That’s an experiment I’ll have to try…