In The glass of wine we have a scene that is commonly portrayed in Flemish baroque painting: seduction through wine. The male and female figures were usually at the centre of such representations. However, in this painting, Vermeer features the wine prominently. It is presented in this case as a powerful tool for conquest. Together with other means of seduction such as the lute and sheet music, the remaining elements in the painting portray a complete act of courtship, a theme we can also see in Officer and laughing girl.