Wine Tasting Tips

Wine Tasting Tips

If you’re new to wine tasting, it can seem a bit daunting. It really is not that difficult or complicated: no one person knows it all and you keep learning even after a lifetime tasting wine.

Guidelines
-  Let the staff guide you - they have the knowledge and will suggest in which order your choice of
wines should be tasted.
-  Ask questions about the wines and the region - we would love to let you in on our favourites
-  Practice our spitting technique - spittoons are provided at most wineries
-  Use the water supplied to rinse your glass or clean your palate
-  If you do not plan to buy wine, be sure to make notes of the wines you like. This will enable you
to buy them once you get back home
-  Most importantly, relax and enjoy the experience

Taste Responsibly 
-  Know what an alcohol unit is and how many units are in your drink
-  Pace yourself, drink plenty of water or soft drinks in between
-  Be careful of topping up drinks
-  Keep track of your wine consumption
-  Don’t drink on an empty stomach
-  Don’t drink and drive  ( Legal Limit for Driving is )
below 0,05 g / 100 ml blood sample, or
-  below 0.24 mg / 1000 ml breath exhailed sample.

-  Choose a designated driver
-  Use the spittoons

Blood Alcohol Limits


The South African Road Traffic Act 93/96 has been in effect since March 1998. Whether you are driving in your home town or on roads foreign to you in a car hire vehicle, these laws are extremely important to obey. These laws are in place to help protect the community and to make sure that drunk drivers are reprimanded.

• The legal blood alcohol limit in South Africa is less than 0.05 g per 100 ml
• The legal breath alcohol limit in South Africa is less than 0.24 mg in 1000 ml of breath

In simple terms, this means that 2 drinks over the space of 1 hour will put you over the limit. Below is a breakdown of alcohol units per drink type:

-  1 x 75 ml glass of wine = 1 unit , takes 1 hour to process.
-  1 x 250 ml glass of wine = 3.3 units
-  1 x shot/shooter = ½ unit in most instances
-  1 x spirit cooler = about 1.25 units
-  1 x beer = 1.5 units or possibly more
-  1 x cider = 2 units
-  1 x 25 ml tot of spirits = 1 unit
-  1 x cocktail = Between 2 and 4 units

Source: Drunk Driving Laws in South Africa

1 unit is equal to 0.02g blood alcohol

It takes your body approximately 1 hour to process 1 unit of alcohol. Ideally, after drinking any alcohol you should avoid getting into the driver’s seat of your car, but at least this way you can work out how long it takes for the alcohol to leave your system.

Local Drunk Driving Laws in South Africa

Any person driving on South African roads should be familiar with the local drunk driving laws in South Africa. Here’s a summary of the laws to make it easier for you:

1. No person on a public road shall -

Occupy a driver's seat of a motor vehicle, the engine of which is running, while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a drug having a narcotic effect.

2. No person on a public road shall -

Occupy a driver's seat of a motor vehicle, the engine of which is running, while the concentration of alcohol in any specimen of blood taken from his or her body is not less than 0.05 grams per 100 millilitres.

3. The two-hour rule -

According to the National Traffic Act 1996, if in any prosecution for a contravention of the provisions of subsection (2), it is proved that the concentration of alcohol in any specimen of blood taken from any part of the body of the person concerned was not less than 0.05 grams per 100 millilitres at any time within two hours after the alleged offence, it shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, that such concentration was not less than 0.05 grams per 100 millilitres of blood at the time of the alleged offence.

Implications of Being Caught Drunk Driving in South Africa

Perhaps you’ve been “lucky” up to now and you have not been caught drinking and driving; because you think that you are capable of driving drunk. But what are the implications if you do get caught?

If you’re found guilty of drunk driving in South Africa you could face up to 6 years in jail. You could also be liable for fines of up to R120 000 and your driver’s license may be suspended. You will also have a criminal record which can have serious ramifications for the rest of your life. Of course, the worst case scenario is that you could kill someone else on the road, your loved ones or yourself.