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Sip & Savor: Happinez Wine Bar’s Responsible Drinking Approach

Embrace the Art of Slow Sipping

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Located in Uptown Saint John, Happinez Wine Bar stands as a testament to owner Peter Smit's unique approach to wine and socializing.


Amidst federal recommendations to reduce alcohol consumption from two drinks a day to a mere two drinks per week, Peter offers a refreshing perspective on how to enjoy alcohol responsibly: by taking one's time and savoring each sip. Peter's outlook on alcohol is rooted in his experiences traveling through Europe and the south of France, where he encountered cultures that embraced a leisurely approach to eating and drinking. Inspired by their unhurried pace, Peter sought to create a similar atmosphere at Happinez Wine Bar, encouraging patrons to slow down, appreciate the flavors, and share delicious food and wine with friends.


Happinez Wine Bar features an enticing menu, inviting seating arrangements, and a diverse selection of wines from around the globe, including those from New Brunswick. The wine bar hosts five themed wine tastings each year, showcasing an array of unique wines. The warm ambiance and delightful experiences at Happinez Wine Bar have even prompted one reviewer to dub it "the best place to kiss."


Always keeping an eye on the latest wine trends, Peter employs a strategic method for staying ahead in the industry. He consults popular wine magazines, selecting bottles with ratings between 8.5 to 9.2 for tastings that often include friends, staff, and customers. "Then I make a decision," he remarked playfully, "Poor me."

 

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Despite the recent changes in federal drinking guidelines, Peter remains unfazed, considering them baseless. He openly enjoys three glasses of wine daily, never having experienced drunkenness. His secret? Taking his time to savor each glass. A strong advocate for healthy living, Peter balances his love for wine with a nutritious diet and a daily 30-minute walk. He believes that an active and engaged lifestyle is key to avoiding alcohol-related problems, noting, "8,000 years ago, it wasn't about drinking your face off. It was about socializing."


"8,000 years ago, it wasn't about drinking your face off. It was about socializing."
- Peter Smit



The name Happinez was inspired by a magazine Peter discovered during a trip to Amsterdam, which focused on healthy living and exercise. As for the burgeoning New Brunswick wine-making industry, Peter is optimistic about its future. He proudly showcases local wineries at Happinez Wine Bar, especially during summertime, and holds a particular fondness for Motts Landing Vineyard wines. In the charming seaside town, Happinez Wine Bar stands as a testament to Peter's unique approach to wine and socializing.


Amidst federal recommendations to reduce alcohol consumption from two drinks a day to a mere two drinks per week, Peter offers a refreshing petrspective on how to enjoy alcohol responsibly: by taking one's time and savoring each sip.