Can You Get Drunk at a Wine Tasting? (And Should You?)

Can you get drunk at a wine tasting?

You’re visiting friends in one of America’s wine regions. The scenery is breathtaking and you’re spending time with people you haven’t seen in ages. You’re having a wonderful time.

Someone in the group suggests going to a local winery for a tasting. That sounds lovely but should you be concerned about drinking too much? Can you get drunk at a wine tasting?

Wine is an alcoholic beverage. Most wines contain around 12% alcohol by volume. Sample too many glasses over a short period of time in the tasting room and you’ll likely start to feel the effects.

You need to keep in mind that the tasting room in a winery is intended to help you make better purchasing decisions. It’s a fun space where you can sample several types of wine before buying a bottle or two to take home and put in your wine fridge.

Have a good time with your friends, take small sips, and keep it classy!

How Much Wine Do You Get at a Tasting?

Let’s talk about what you can expect in the tasting room at a winery. Specifically, how much wine do you get?

Patrons are commonly served up to 24 ounces of wine during a tasting. Wineries provide up to 6 glasses of wine per flight with an average pour of 1 – 2 oz per glass. That doesn’t sound like much but sample a second flight of wines and you’re getting close to the 24-ounce mark!

Is 24 ounces a lot of wine? In the United States, 5 ounces of wine is considered a standard pour.

Let’s break it down.

If you have a single flight of wine and the winery pours 1 ounce per glass, it would be roughly the same as having a single glass of wine at a restaurant.

If you order two flights of wine and the staff at the vineyard are feeling generous, you could easily drink over 20 ounces of wine which would be like downing 4 glasses of wine at a restaurant – without ordering any food!

Visiting the Holland Marsh Winery
Visiting the Holland Marsh Winery with Friends

How Many Glasses of Wine Does It Take to Get Drunk?

Let’s just come out and ask the question. How many glasses of wine does it take to get drunk?

Most men can responsibly consume two 5-ounce glasses of wine in an hour without becoming impaired. An average woman should likely stop after a single glass. If you drink any more than that, you’ll probably feel tipsy.

If you stick to these guidelines, you might not show any outward signs of intoxication but it’s probably still a good idea to appoint a designated driver or take a cab. Better safe than sorry!

Pouring a glass of wine

Tips for an Enjoyable Wine Tasting

An afternoon spent exploring wine country can be educational and fun. Here are a few suggestions to help you enjoy your time at the vineyard without any disparaging looks or being asked to leave!

Eat Before Visiting the Winery

Drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea. Make sure you’ve eaten before visiting the winery.

Be Sensible

Take small sips, take your time, and don’t feel obligated to finish each glass of wine offered at the tasting.

Choose a Designated Driver or Take a Cab

Know your limits. Appoint one person in your group to be the designated driver or take an Uber or a cab.

Sampling wine with your friends is fun. Being charged with a DUI is not!

By Michael

Chief mixologist and cocktail enthusiast at Swizzle Club.