Here’s the deal: I know you don’t like wasting wine, but I would much rather that you dump your wine out than drink unsafely. I have so many customers come in and tell me that they hate wasting wine, so they would rather drink wine they don’t actually want than use the dump bucket. Maybe I’ve become immune to dumping wine out, but I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to waste that little bit of wine. It’s better than being wasted yourself! Here are some thoughts on dump buckets:
1. I would so much rather that you dumped out that extra sip of wine than, say, drink it and drive. All those little tastes add up; sip what you want, and then dump the rest and have some water instead.
2. You don’t want to see how much wine gets “wasted” on a daily basis. In a winery, you lose wine all the time when you’re cleaning barrels, moving wine, bottling, etc. What you pour out in the dump bucket is nothing, nothing compared to what gets lost during production.
3. When we have wine left in the bottle after a couple days, we either take it home or dump it out. Sometimes there is wine that gets poured out, and that just seems to be the way of the wine world. The winery where I work has a barrel where we turn leftover bottles of wine into vinegar, but it’s currently full, so we’re back to dumping out wine. What I’m saying is, there’s a good chance that wine might get dumped out whatever you choose to do.
4. This is a very small issue, but I run across it all the time; it’s actually really difficult to pour a tiny amount of wine into a glass, and I’d like you to have enough to overcome those last drops of the previous wine. Instead of asking me to pour “just the tiniest bit” into your glass, please just dump the extra. If you ask, I will try and pour less than an ounce (the standard taste), but that quarter-of-an-ounce that you have to pour out won’t make much of a difference in the long run and will save me from spilling some wine down the side of the glass as I try to gently tip only a few drops from the bottle.
Some people (especially if they have a driver) don’t even think about using the dump bucket, and that’s fine, but there is really no need to hesitate to use it. I always think it’s better to use it than drink something you don’t want to, especially if you’re trying to hit a lot of wineries in one day, and especially if you’re the one driving. I almost always dump wine after taking a couple sips, unless it’s a wine that I’m absolutely taken with.
I promise, using the dump bucket gets easier every time you do it! Readers in the wine industry; what are your takes on dump buckets?