Wine in Mason Jars: A Protest

There are some traditions that have stood the test of time—for good reason. Pasta alla carbonara, for example, should not be made with bacon instead of pancetta. Adding cream to it, a crime in my opinion, turns it into a completely different dish.

Wineglasses are shaped with a stem (to prevent your hands from smudging the glass and from warming the liquid) and a large round bowl (to aerate the wine and help you appreciate the aromas). It doesn’t hurt, either, that they feel sexy in your hands.

And then the upstarts come in and get all sassy with tradition by pouring wine into Ball jamming jars. It's an outrage, an affront! Heart, I'm talking to you: Stop with the pretension at American coziness.

A Ball jamming jar is not a good vessel for wine. It’s disrespectful to the wine, the winemaker, and the person paying $12 a glass. Wine doesn’t taste as good out of a Ball jar, just like a meal while on vacation in France will always taste better than that same meal after a day of work. The scene and your mood heighten all the senses.

Sure, you see restaurants and wine bars in Italy and France serving table wine out of what look like juice glasses. Heart, a wine bar in San Francisco, defends the practice on its website, saying that Mason jars are the "American stamp" on the casual European tradition. (They say "It's odd, we know." Actually it's not odd, it's supertrendy to put everything in Mason jars.)

Wine served in small glasses throughout Europe is casual, yes, but it's usually a simple wine, the atmosphere is rustic, and the wine costs about $4 a glass. And at least a juice glass doesn’t have a clumsy fat lip, making it awkward to drink from. Call me a traditionalist—but traditions wouldn't catch on if they weren't meant to last.

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