I experimented briefly with running Pegasus Mail in Wine, but it was such a pain, I ended up just switching to Gnus. VMWare is okay if the host system runs a twelve-year-old OS that you never upgrade ever, but as soon as you start running kernel 2.4 or later on the host, you start running into problems, and I don't think there's any way to get VMWare installed on Linux 2.6.
As for the rest of that stuff, I'm not really in that socioeconomic class. Where I come from, there are two kinds of people with regard to alcohol: people who drink beer, and people who don't drink. For me, this has always been an easy decision, because I've never been even remotely tempted to put anything in my mouth that smells anywhere near as bad as beer. I don't really know about wine because, like I said, I'm not really in that economic bracket. We don't buy bottled water, either. I associate wine with hoity-toity people who use funny-shaped glasses that don't have a handle and like as not are actually made out of glass, wear fancy clothes to things other than weddings and funerals, never buy anything off the clearance rack, and probably have a membership at a country club. I'm more in the bracket that saves and re-uses plastic baggies and tries to only buy meat when it's on a pretty good sale.