You’d be forgiven for thinking wine should be served in traditional wine glasses. But according to some hipsters, you’re wrong.
In trendy bars-cum-cafes-cum-coworking spaces-cum yoga studios, everyone’s favourite 6pm tipple is increasingly being served in tumblers.
“Formal stemmed wine glasses can feel quite traditional,” says TV presenter Laura Jackson, who’s also co-founder of east London supper club Jackson & Levine.
“We have no rules when it comes to what we serve our drinks in – cocktails in our favourite amber tumblers from Duralex; fizz in our shallow stackable glasses; and coffee in recycled glass yoghurt pots bought in French supermarkets,” she told .
“Don’t be afraid to have a mismatched selection on your table.”
Stemmed glasses are, of course, much more prone to breakage than sturdy tumblers, and they’re also a lot more formal.
Today’s edgy young things generally aren’t fans of formality – it’s all about being relaxed, casual and effortless.
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According to Pip McCormac, associate editor of Red magazine, our love on tumblers may reflect the unstable times in which we live and the resulting need for comfort and relaxation:
“Drinking out of a Duralex tumbler reminds you of sitting on a long, lazy afternoon in the south of France,” he says. “Those days when you have nothing to do but read a book, nap and get through that carafe of rosé.”
And it’s not just tumblrs either – because mason jars are obviously so 2014, drinks are now being served in everything from lightbulbs to popcorn boxes.
For a lot of bars, quirky receptacles are a way of increasing the likelihood of their drinks being Instagrammed by their millennial clientele.
But not everyone’s on-board: “I absolutely hate it when I’m served wine from a tumbler,” says 24-year-old South Londoner Maddy. “A traditional wine glass makes it taste better in my opinion. Wine in a tumbler feels wrong – I don’t want to drink wine like it’s orange squash.”