Starting 'em young in Wine Posted September 29, 2005 Well, of course, serving alcohol to a minor (under age 21 where I am) is a crime. That may not be your philosophy as a parent and you may think it overly intrusive by government, but there you are. Your position as a parent is not good if someone does not agree that children should be socialized into moderate consumption by trying the stuff. Officer Friendly can show up at your door.I'll educate my daughter about wine because I'm obsessed with it. She'll learn to appreciate it the way she'll learn to appreciate other agricultural products. Wine is a wonderful way to learn about geography, history, agriculture, business, politics and a slew of other things. But drinking wine will be for adults the way other things are like driving and voting. Our society expects that a certain age level is required to assume the responsibility. I think teens are mature enough to drink at age 18, but that's not the rules I've been given to follow. So until the law changes or the rules change, she'll not be drinking until she's legal.