For centuries in Spain, as in all Mediterranean countries, wine has been considered a food and, as such, it is a facet of everyday life.
Children are taught early on to appreciate wine in moderate amounts for its flavour, never for its alcohol content.
Many Spaniards remember being given a childhood snack of bread dipped in wine and sprinkled with sugar. Today, the inescapable presence of packaged snacks and fast food means that fewer Spanish children munch on win-and-sugar-sprinkled bread after school.
Still, wine remains deeply rooted in Spanish culture, and children are often allowed small amounts of it with meals.