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Did you know?

Our expert inspects some wine

halfwine’s team shares their knowledge on all things wine…

The cost of wine

Did you know that you pay £4.07 for each half bottle before you pay the wine maker one penny for the wine in the bottle?

How is this possible?

  • The bottle, cork, label and packaging cost ± £1.14
  • Government excise duty on 375 ml of wine is £1.00
  • Transport from the winery to you is ± £1.25
  • VAT on the above is ± £0.68

The moral of the story is that if you pay an extra £1 for a bottle of wine then, in percentage terms, you are paying the wine maker considerably more and therefore should get a much better half bottle of wine.

Half bottle size and weight

Half bottles are small and light.   4 can quite easily fit into a handbag and weigh less than the average notebook PC.

Recommended maximum daily amount of alcohol

Half a half bottle of wine is within the maximum for women and well below the maximum for men.

Wine and calories

A half bottle of red wine has about 255 calories and a half bottle of white wine about 275 calories (not sweet wine).  This is equivalent to a pint of beer or 2 gin / vodka and tonics.  Half a bottle of brut champagne has even less calories - about 190.  The darker, sweeter and more alcohol content, the more calories; the lighter and dryer the wine, the less calories.  For more information go to the Drinkaware website

Half bottle and driving

Half a half bottle has the alcohol equivalence of a pint of beer (more or less).  So if you are not likely to be had for drunk driving for a pint of beer you aren’t likely to be had for drinking half a half bottle.  So whilst the limit remains at 80mg per 100ml of blood that makes the picnic in the country with a half bottle of wine for 2 ok.  Of course, if you are unfortunate enough to be in any way irrational or unsteady after a glass of wine, you shouldn’t have any before driving.

Red wine is good for you

Red wine has been shown (proven, if you are a laboratory mouse) to have a wide range of benefits. There are good articles on the websites of the BBC, the Daily Mail and the Times and there is a good summary of articles on the Decanter website if you really need to be convinced.  There are also a lot of adverse points, particularly if you believe “if one glass is good, how great is a bottle?”, so be selective in your reading if you want to remain convinced.


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