Does the Color of Wine Determine the Alcohol by Content?

Alcohol is a major part of many people’s lives. It is a gateway to socializing on weekends or after work, it compliments our meals, and it also, when used responsibly, can make us feel pretty good and relaxed. Wine especially achieves all of those things. There are parties and events devoted to wine tastings, stores devoted to helping you find the right bottle to pair with a steak or fancy cheese, and the overall act of drinking wine—from the uncorking to the pour into a long-stemmed glass, to the process of taking that first sip—invokes feelings of class and elegance. There is a lot to learn about wine, especially about the difference between the two colors of white and red, and how that affects you when you drink it.

First off, what exactly is wine? Wine is the pressed juice that comes from fermented grapes. That is, of course, a very simple way of breaking down a complicated and arduous process which involves growing specific types of grapes for a predetermined amount of time in the right kind of weather, harvesting them, pressing the juice, aging it in a barrel, and bottling it up for consumption.

The species of grape used to make wine has very much to do with the composition of the wine itself. The skin, pulp, and stems of the wine will determine the color, the flavor, and the amount of tannins, or natural preservatives, in the wine. Red wines are made with red or dark grapes, and white wine can be made with either white (“green”) or dark-skinned grapes. The type of grape will also determine where the wine is from (a warmer or cooler climate), how long they must grow on the vine and when they should be harvested, and how long the juice must ferment. The difference in color between white and red wines is that the skins of the grapes are removed after pressing for a white wine, and they are left intact for red wines. Again, the colors within these two main types will also vary depending on the factors listed above.

So, which of these wines has the higher alcohol content? In general, red wines will have a higher alcohol by volume (ABV), but this will vary from wine to wine. Alcohol comes from the fermentation of the sugar in the grape, and the riper the grape, the higher the sugar content. Typically, red wine grapes are left on the vine to ripen much longer than white wine grapes, so their alcohol content is higher, but you could also hypothetically do the same with a white wine grape, upping that wine’s alcohol content as well. If ever in doubt about a wine’s alcohol content, check the bottle’s label. The percentage of alcohol by volume will always be there, so that you can be well-informed before you imbibe.

What is an Ignition Interlock Device and Will I Need One After a DUI?

A DUI (or, driving under the influence) is the crime of operating a motor vehicle, such as a car or truck, while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Sometimes known as a DWI, or a DUII in the state of Oregon, DUI charges are determined by testing the BAC, or Blood Alcohol Content, of the driver. BAC measures the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream through a breathalyzer test. The limitations vary from state-to-state, but if your BAC is in excess of 0.05% to 0.08%, you would more than likely be charged with a DUI.  The higher your BAC, and the severity of the offense (for example, a routine stop versus a fatal car accident), the more intense your punishment may be.

After an arrest for a DUI, a driver will typically have their license suspended. A first offense may mean a suspension for 90 days to one calendar year. A first DUI conviction will result in a one year license suspension. A second conviction will be three years. And again, if the DUI is issued as the result of an accident that has caused major or fatal injuries to another party, there could be fines and jail time in addition to a license suspension.

There is no license suspension in the Oregon DUII Diversion Program, but participants are required to use an IID (Ignition Interlock Device). IID’s are just like they sound: devices that are installed in the ignition of a car that require a breath sample from the driver before they are allowed to turn the engine of their vehicle on. If the IID detects a trace of alcohol, the ignition will lock until a clean sample can be provided. The driver is responsible for all costs of the IID, including purchase of the device, installation, maintenance, and removal, throughout the course of the sentence. In the state of Oregon, anyone entered into a DUII Diversion Agreement must install the device, and anyone convicted of a DUII in court must also install the device in order to have their license reinstated.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUII in the state of Oregon, contact Portland DUI/DUII lawyer me at 1-503-477-5040

How Many Glasses of Wine Equals a Shot of Vodka?

Over the last few weeks I have been publishing articles to help explain how much alcohol consumption “intoxicates” the common person. Many people ask me how many glasses of wine equals a shot of vodka. All things being considered, one 1.5 oz shot of liquor is equivalent to 5 oz of wine. Remember that red wine and white wine have different alcohol by volume levels. Most restaurants serve wine in a five or six ounce glass. In essence, one 1.5 oz shot equals a full glass of wine.

When determining the level of alcohol in your body it is important to understand that each individual is different. Body weight, alcohol tolerance, medications taken and several other factors come into play as it relates to getting “drunk”. Having a breathalyzer can come in very useful for those that are not aware of their alcohol intake. Another great rule of thumb is to bring along a designated driver. Having a DD can save you a lot of time, stress and money in the long run.

In Portland, there are hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers that will be more than willing to pick you up for a fee. You may want to consider the old fashioned taxi cab as well. The problem lies in a person drinking two glasses of wine and feeling as if they are capable to drive. If you have been in this situation and have received a ticket or citation for a DUII and it is your first offense there are options available. The DUII Diversion program could help you get all charges dropped. I am well versed in this particular program and can help you avoid potentially losing your license.

Please reach out to me at 503-477-5040 for free consultation. You can also you my contact page. The sooner you contact me the sooner you will understand your options moving forward.

What Does the “Proof” Mean in Relation to Alcohol Content?

Alcohol proof in the United States is defined as twice the percentage of Alcohol by Volume (ABV). This is a very easy calculation as Jack Daniels whiskey is 40% alcohol by volume which makes it 80 proof. Any adult beverage that is over 100 proof is considered a very strong alcoholic beverage. In the popular Discovery TV Show Moonshiners there are a few individuals that attempt to make 200 proof moonshine alcohol.

When it comes to intoxication or driving while under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) please understand that each person is different. There are some people that can easily handle three or four shots of hard liquor while there are others that become intoxicated with just one or two shots. There are breathalyzers that are available for those that are concerned they are too drunk to drive.

Also remember that Portland has many options when it comes to getting home safely without driving. In the last year the company Uber has become extremely popular. If you download the Uber app for your Android or iPhone you can “hail a cab” from your phone without even walking out of the bar or party. The app has your credit card safely secured and you will be charged once you return safely to your home or destination. There are always old fashioned cabs that are available throughout the city of Portland and state or Oregon as well.

Before trying a different type of vodka, gin, whiskey or rum it is wise to ask the bartender the exact alcohol by volume or proof of the beverage before taking four or five shots. Some of the newer mixes don’t even taste like alcohol and they can get an individual drunk quickly without them even knowing it.

If you would like more information about DUI representation please reach out to me at 1-503-477-5040. I have several years of experience representing those that have been cited for a DUII in the Portland, Oregon area.

If I Get a DUI Can I Plead Wet Reckless in Portland?

This is a question I get asked quite a bit. Anyone living outside of Portland or the state of Oregon has likely heard of others pleading “Wet Reckless” which is a lesser offense than a DUI. Wet reckless is described as a reduced plea arrangement made by a driver that has been arrested for driving while intoxicated. In essence, the driver pleads to reckless driving with alcohol being involved. What is different about a wet reckless plea is that it comes with fewer obligations, punishments and costs.

man pulled over for dui

In the state of Oregon the law prohibits prosecutors from reducing DUII charges meaning a wet reckless plea is not permitted in Portland or throughout the state of Oregon. Even though a wet reckless plea is not possible in the state, an experienced Portland DUI attorney such as myself can assist when it comes to reducing the penalties that come with a guilty plea of a DUII. In the state of Oregon there is a Diversion Program in which first time offenders may be eligible. This is a way for first time offenders to get the DUII off their driver’s record without a conviction. If you are seeking legal representation or information about reducing your DUII please contact me at 503-477-5040. You can also use the Contact Form to provide the information about your case.

When it comes to the Portland Diversion Program here are the eligibility requirements:

  • you meet all requirements described in the attached Petitioner Sworn Statement of Eligibility (DUII Diversion Form 3); and
  • you appeared in court on the date scheduled for your first appearance on the charge or the court finds good reason to excuse your failure to do so; and
  • you file this petition with the court within thirty (30) days of your first appearance in court, unless the court finds there is good cause to allow a later date.

A very important waiver of rights is “If you have a prior DUII conviction, the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision rules may prohibit you from leaving the state without permission during the diversion period.”

These rights and rules can be very complicated to understand. Many of those that read this resource will likely be first time offenders when it comes to DUII in Portland or the state or Oregon. I would urge you to contact me at 503-477-5040 as this will make it much easier for me to explain ways in which we can get your DUII off your driver’s record without a conviction. If you would like more information on the Oregon DUII Diversion Program please go to the link provided.