Because I observe Wine Wednesday the way others do the Sabbath, it occurred to me that there are a few women who inspire all of us to take some time during the week to enjoy a glass (or okay, bottle) of wine and just say “fuck it” for a while. Sure, it’s usually followed by late-night binge eating, a bad night’s sleep, and dull headache the next morning, but still, totally worth it!
A Wine Wednesday hero—or shero, if you will—has her own unique taste, style, and character we just can’t get enough of. Oh, and she’s classy. (Because getting drunk on wine means you’re classy, right?)
Here, 9 Wine Wednesday sheroes from fiction and real life who still get shit done while rocking a little wine buzz.
1. Kathie Lee and Hoda
Patron Saints of Wine Wednesday Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb are famous for day drinking and never getting all sloppy about it. The two host the “happy hour” of the Today Show that’s one part talk show starring two respected TV professionals and two parts kooky drunken wedding aunt. Fun fact: Their on-air drinking was originally inspired by shero runner-up Chelsea Handler while she was promoting her book, Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea. They brought out cocktails as a prop, and it stuck.
2. Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones
It’s safe to say Cersei has weathered just about every storm, thanks in no small part to her secret weapon: wine. She’s also proven women have been drinking to recover from walks of shame for hundreds of years.
3. Patsy Stone and Edina Monsoon, Absolutely Fabulous
Pats and Eds are without a doubt the biggest, drunkest messes around, and they offer exactly zero apologies. Their drink of choice is naturally, champagne—all day ,’erry day as they flit around London like the own the place.
4. Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer, Trainwreck, Live at the Apollo, etc.
Amy’s had several great wine moments, but none more epic than her skit spoofing Friday Night Lights. She did a better Tami Taylor than Connie Britton ever could.
5. Hillary Clinton
It’s been nice to see HRC loosen up during this presidential campaign, including her appearance on SNL as a bartender alongside the always hilarious Kate McKinnon, and in this bit with Jimmy Fallon as Trump that totally sums up my reaction to the reality show star too: More wine please!
6. Olivia Pope, Scandal
Because even steely, powerful, white hat-wearing gladiators need a little wine to take the edge off sometimes. Olivia basically lives on popcorn and red wine—typically consumed out of the 23-oz. Crate and Barrel Camille Red Wine glass she made famous—and yet never seems to get any on her impeccable white wardrobe (her couch, of course, was a different story). For this and many other badass things, she deserves our undying admiration.
7. Kris Jenner, Her World That We’re Just Living In
It’s no big secret The Momager likes her wine, but she’s also built a mega-empire for her kids so powerful it’s even making Tyga famous. Cheers, girl!
8. Linda Belcher, Bob’s Burgers
Linda might not be real, but she’s still a model for killer mom- and wife-ing and for being able to turn any convo into a show tune. She also gets really fun after a few glasses of wine!
9. Notorious RBG, SCOTUS
Justice Ginsburg attends State of the Union Addresses on the reg, so it was no big deal when she and rest of the Justices decided to drink a couple glasses of wine before sitting through another one. She might have had a bit too much. Notorious RBG was caught dozing off during Obama’s speech which she later blamed on “not being 100 percent sober.” Those gloves though!