I know that the minimum amount of wine to be drunk for havdalah is only a cheekful (m’lo lugmav). But realistically, often the person reciting havdalah will drink the whole--or almost the whole--cup of wine, which is usually larger than the strict definition of a revi'it as 3-3.3 ounces.* So, is a birkas mein shalosh required afterward?

*(See also here for a comment stating that one must actually drink a full r'viis in order to avoid the shaylo in question.)

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    Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/12058/… – SAH Feb 15 '15 at 1:22
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    Yes, and everybody I ever saw does it :) – havarka Feb 15 '15 at 1:22
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    Why would you think not? – sam Feb 15 '15 at 1:23
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    Sometimes people forget; most people I've observed making havdalah who are careful to keep halacha will say it. – MTL Feb 15 '15 at 1:49
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    @Sam Also, there is a big gray area regarding how much is drunk. If you're using a kiddush cup that's ~3 ounces (the "small" revi'it) and/or you don't drink it all because you pour some on the candle, and/or you drink only one cheekful because that's all that's technically required (according to Star-K link above)...then there is a question. – SAH Feb 15 '15 at 2:20

Yes, one is chayiv to make an al hagafen since there is no special exclusion on the chiyuv of making an al hagafen for havdala. (In fact, not a proof but, the Aruch Hashulchan actually maintains that we don't generally make a bracha on besamim but do for havdala.)

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    Probably if people are lax it is because they're not used to making an al hagafen (at least alone) since most times we dink wine nowadays it's together with a meal. – Loewian Feb 15 '15 at 3:02
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    Curious: Why would we not generally make a brocha on b'samim? – SAH Feb 15 '15 at 4:56
  • @SAH I believe the Aruch Hashulchan maintains that we don't have hanaah from smells like they once did and that in the case of birchos hareiach that actually effects the bracha status. – Loewian Feb 15 '15 at 5:04
  • @loewian Really? I believe you that the S"A says that. But I was taught that we still say (at least) atzei, eisvei, and minei b'somim. – SAH Feb 15 '15 at 5:17
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    I don't think the comon minhag is like the Aruch Hashulchan on this. – Loewian Feb 15 '15 at 5:18

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