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A reminder about sulfites

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 at 4:51 pm in Corkheads.

I agree with the commentators on this brief Chow video about sulfites. While Robert Camuto does a good job telling us what sulfites are (naturally occuring process of fermentation used in wines for centuries) and how we shouldn’t blame them for all our red wine headaches, he doesn’t tell us what the other ingredients are in wine that can cause headaches.

I always tell folks the same thing. The wine industry is one of few that doesn’t have to write every single ingredient that’s in its products on the labels. You could be irritated by the preservatives, the added flavorings or aromas. Or, if you think you get headaches from sulfites in wine, you should be getting the same reaction from eating dried fruits (actually if you have asthma, you should also be getting an attack or chest tightness from those).

Your best bet is to try biodynamic wines such as Ceago Vinegarden which are purer than pure. Then let me know how you feel.

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