Here at the wine shed we take our responsibilities as a retailer of alcohol very seriously. We are committed to ensuring any alcohol we sell is consumed to be enjoyed for its premium qualities such as its taste, its reflection of the terroir in which it was grown and produced and the skill and passion of the wine maker. We don’t believe in alcohol consumption to excess, not least because this is not how our wines are best enjoyed and importantly because we care about the health and welfare of our customers and employees.

How much is too much?

The government advises that people should not regularly drink more than their daily unit guidelines:

  • Men: 3-4 units of alcohol
  • Women: 2-3 units of alcohol

This advice applies regardless of how often you drink alcohol; you shouldn’t interpret the guidance as allowing you to “save up” your units.

What is a unit?

The size and strength of your drink will determine the number of units it contains. It’s not quite as simple as one drink, one unit – a glass of wine can range between just over one unit and more than three units depending on the size of the glass and type of wine.

Remember, when you’re drinking at home, you tend to pour measures that are larger than you get in a licensed premises.

Alcohol and the Law

The law on alcohol covers such areas as underage drinking, drink driving and drinking in public places.

Effects of Alcohol

On the DrinkAware website you’ll find useful clinically approved facts and information about the effects of alcohol on your life and lifestyle designed to help you make positive decisions about your drinking.

Calories in Alcohol

Due to the nature of how alcoholic drinks are made, by fermenting and distilling natural starch and sugar, each alcoholic drink contains an amount of calories.

Each alcohol type varies in the amount of calories they contain, but some can be as many as in a slice of pizza. DrinkAware website holds information about the amount of calories that can be found in alcohol and also has handy guide which tells you approximately how many calories can be found in a wide range of alcoholic drinks.

Our Commitment

  • We do not sell alcohol to anyone that we believe to be intoxicated.
  • We operate a Challenge 21 policy in The Wine Shed and on delivered sales, always asking for a recognised form of ID when we have reason to believe that the customer or person receiving goods may be under the age of 21.
  • We do not sell alcohol to customers whom we suspect of passing alcohol to under 18s.
  • We do not offer any incentives to our customers to drink irresponsibly.
  • We support and implement the legal requirements regarding the responsible naming, packaging and promotion of alcoholic drinks.
  • Our staff have easy access to information about alcohol by volume (ABV) and alcohol units, for customers’ benefit as well as their own.
  • Water is always available free of charge at any of our tastings and in The Wine Shed.

Voluntary Standards

Both our owner and management have successfully completed the Personal License Holder course and are license holders.

Our staff are trained not only on the legal requirements of selling alcohol, but also on safety awareness and the responsibilities of safeguarding those whom consume alcohol on our premises.

Our staff all complete WSET qualifications which involves an element of the principles of alcohol and social responsibility.

We do not offer any promotions in The Wine Shed that encourage our customers to consume more alcohol than they are comfortable with and safe to consume. Instead our promotions encourage our customers to try new wines and enjoy wine for its wonderful nuances and interesting stories.

We provide spittoons at our tastings and insist on their use for any guests intending to drive. It can be difficult to judge your intake at a tasting so we therefore operate a no risk policy.

Please don’t be upset if we insist you don’t drive after visiting our shed, or one of our tastings, it’s because we care that we have a no tolerance approach to drink driving.