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Resource ID: #23110
Subject: Alcohol
Source: Inside Edition (New York)
Date: 2006-02-24



Inside Edition went to Santa Ynez, California - site of the movie "Sideways" - to look into the possibility that excessive wine tasting can render a person inebriated. While wine tasting is usually done in 1-ounce or slightly more portions, "local law enforcement officials told (Inside Edition) that wine tasters leaving the wineries late in the day to travel along the small two-lane roads create a huge risk to themselves and other drivers." The show found out about a fatal accident that occurred between the wineries and the main highway, with the reporters discovering that "the group had been wine tasting all day, and the driver was three times over the legal limit." Inside Edition "instituted teams to follow wine tasters throughout the day to see how much wine they were drinking before getting back in their cars." They saw one driver who had "nearly 30 tastes, or the equivalent of a bottle and a half of wine, in just five hours" attempt to drive home.

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