“As always, I love WineSpeed. I read with interest that the new alcohol limit has been raised by 2%. (WineSpeed January 11, 2018). While great for reducing taxes, any chance it might also “encourage” wineries to create even riper wine? Could 15.9% abv become the new norm (and with the 2 point allowable margin, in reality 18% abv wines)?” —Bruce N. (Naples, Florida)

Hi Bruce, I too worry that it might inadvertently encourage higher alcohol wines. However, we won’t see any 18% alcohol-by-volume table wines (thankfully). Generally, when the alcohol in a solution reaches about 16%, yeasts die of alcohol poisoning. So no table wine is ever naturally much over 16% abv. The only wines that are over that are fortified.

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