I refuse to drink wine out of a plastic cup, not even the plonk they serve at many beach bars in St. Martin where I live. I would rather swig wine out of the bottle than bring a squishy plastic cup to my mouth, and in fact have been known to do so.
I would like to say that my dislike for plastic cups stems from seeing them littering the beach where they usual end up in the sea for some poor creature to choke on. I’ve read stories about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the gyre, full of dirt-dwellers plastic, and I am suitably ashamed. But my reasons are not that noble. Wine from a plastic cup tastes crap and seeing as I go out to enjoy myself and I am paying for the content, isn’t it reasonable to expect that said content is served in a glass.
If I find my beach bar of choice is serving drinks in plastic cups, I can always leave, and often do so. It’s either that or switch to beer out of the bottle. There is no hope for bars that also insist on serving beer out of plastic cups. These abominations are to be pitied and avoided like the plague.
I have heard all the arguments for serving wine in plastic cups such as it stops people using the glass as a weapon. This argument can be knocked down by pointing to the number of people drinking from bottles and the scattering of chairs, trays, tables and women with oversized handbags, all of which constitute a better weapon than a wine glass.
Suggesting a bar use safe unbreakable acrylic ‘look-alike’ wine glasses also falls on deaf ears.
Taking your own wine glass isn’t allowed either. Miserable sods.