May 19 2010
So a while ago I was at the barber shop reading Esquire Magazine and was learning stuff about ‘How to be a Man’. The magazine told me I should know how to change a tire. Tie a tie. Know how to give a massage. Own boots. Or whatever. etc…
The magazine also told me that a man should always ‘know his drink’ when he steps up to a bar. A ‘man’ should never look over all the bottles and hem and haw about maybe this or that. Step up. Boom that’s my drink. Etc. I figured that was good advice because since reading that I’ve stopped with any hem and hawing when ordering a drink. It’s nicer for the bartenders too I assume.
But in the same breath this article said, ‘Know your drink (and never the Sauvignon Blanc!) I was like, ‘Uh oh spaghettio! I order that wine sometimes!
I had no idea it qualified to be singled out as a don’t in parenthesis in the ‘Be a Man’ article. I wasn’t sure if it was specifically Sauvignon Blanc or all white wine that is wrong for men. To me it seems like Zinfandel seems more girlie taboo or whatever. But I guess Sauvignon Blanc carries the main stigma of unmanly guy?
Since then I’ve not ordered the Sauvignon Blanc and I only order white wine if I’m feeling particularly confident. I probably should have picked up on the white wine stigma years ago because once I was on a date and I ordered the Sauvignon Blanc and the girl was like, ‘Oh! Can I judge you on that?’ Like jokingly. And I was like, ‘Why is it? Not right?’ She was like, ‘Well, you know… White wine…’
Anyway, I got into an argument recently with a chick about this white wine stuff– and we had the back and forth about Sauvignon Blanc in particular. She said I should post here and ask if men are ever allowed to order white wine at a bar.
Was Esquire just being insecure– or were they basically right about women passing judgment over white?
Yes, I realize in an ideal world a ‘real man’ would order whatever the hell they want whenever they want wherever they want etc. I get that. But would a man with that manly man attitude be the guy that orders the Sauvignon Blanc?
Umm… how bout the rosé? I like that too…