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Sulfate free wine for migraine sufferer
Posted on Dec 19,2003 by Armstrong10713489
Can anyone recommend a sulfate free wine? I get migraines from drinking wine, wine coolers, even Smirnoff Ice. Doesn't matter whether red or white. I would like to be able to drink wine sometimes, but need a recommendation. Thanks.
Posted on Dec 19,2003 by FrankJBN
A couple of things:
I doubt it is sulfates in wine causing your migraines. Sulfates are found almost everywhere - certainly in every cup of coffee, tea, or glass of non-pasteurized orange juice we drink. They are also present in most "natural" bottled waters.
I am not sure that a sulfate free wine exists. Various sulfates occur naturally in grape juice. Therefore it is impossible to make wine from grapes without encountering sulfates. In addition almost all vineyards, including organic farms, are permitted to use and do use sulfer compounds in their viticulture.
Why, faced with the potential for a migraine headache, do you still want to "drink wine sometimes". How do the hours of debilitation compare with the moments of pleasure?
More to follow.
Posted on Dec 19,2003 by FrankJBN
Sunrise, sunset. Sulfates, sulfites. Both are oxides of sulfur, which you can see in our beautiful east coast sunsets.
You see on wine labels "contains sulfites". What else does? Why they're everywhere! Everywhere!
Sulfites are also added to or occur in:
Food Colours: E102-155. All azo dyes contain sulphur compounds as part of their structure called sulphonilic acid
Alcoholic Beverages: Beer, wine, cocktail mixes, sparkling beverages, wine coolers
Bakery Items: Breads containing dough conditioners, cookies, biscuits, crackers, pie and pizza crusts, tortillas, waffles, fruit cakes, Christmas cakes, plum puddings, muesli bars
Beverages: Beverages containing sugar or corn syrup, fruit juices, fresh, bottled or canned, fruit juice concentrates canned bottled, and frozen fruit juices, wine,
Cereals: Those containing dried fruit, muesli
Condiments: Horseradish, relishes, pickles, olives, wine vinegar, salad dressings, lemon juice.
Dairy: Processed cheese foods, dips, fruit cheeses, cottage and cream cheese, processed yoghurt.
Dried Foods: Dried herbs and spices, dried fruits, trail mixes, fruit pie fillings, glace cherries.
Fish and Shellfish: Fresh shrimp and scallops frozen, canned or dried clams, shrimp, lobster, crab, scallops, dried cod.
Fruits: Fresh grapes, dried fruits (including raisins and prunes and especially pale fruits that have not discolored), canned, bottled and frozen fruit and juices, maraschino cherries, glazed fruit, desiccated coconut, fruit topping. Jams, preserves.
Gelatine, Fillings, Frostings: Fruit fillings, flavoured and unflavoured gelatin, pectin, jelling agents, canned frostings and frosting mixes, toppings, sweet sauces, gums..
Grain Products: Cornstarch, modified food starch, spinach pasta, gravies, hominy, breading, batters, noodle and rice mixes.
Jams and Jellies: pectin
Miscellaneous: Cornstarch, bread mixes, gravies, dried soups, processed dried pasta and rice dishes, molasses, pancake syrups, vinegar
Nuts: Shredded coconut products.
Plant Protein Products: Soy protein products including tofu, textured vegetable protein,
Processed Meats: Sausages, cold cuts, pate
Puddings: Fruit mixes, fruit mince
Snack Foods: Filled crackers, dried fruit snacks, trail mixes, tortilla chips, potato chips.
Sugars: Brown, white, powdered and raw sugars, corn syrup, maple syrup jams, jellies.
Vegetables: Vegetable juices, canned vegetables (including potatoes), pickled vegetables (including cauliflower, peppers, sauerkraut), "fresh cut" potatoes (as delivered to restaurants) all processed potatoes, frozen vegetables (including French fries and deli potato salad), convenience ready packets of salads, vegetables, stir-fry, coleslaw etc
So have another drink, it will make you feel better - unless you are part of the unfortunate 4%
Posted on Dec 19,2003 by call me a cab
Whazzup with the remaining 4%?
Posted on Dec 19,2003 by RQN
Sulfates/Sulfites may likely not be there problem. But, if you insist, look for the hard-to-find wines from the country of Georgia. Many are produced sans sulfates/sulfites as much as possible.
Posted on Dec 19,2003 by re_me
Posted on Dec 22,2003 by FrankJBN
About 4% of the population is allergic to various sulfur compounds.
"Many are produced sans sulfates/sulfites as much as possible"
Funny enough, Georgian wines (I think georgian, some Russian wines in funky bottles) are flooding my area. As noted sulfates occur naturally in grape juice so it is kind of like "spam, eggs, sausage and spam" which has not got much spam in it.
Posted on Apr 23,2004 by Haslam10837935
Yes you can find sulfate free wine. I just asked at a local store and they directed me to the "organic wines". Though there were just a few they were sulfate free. With a recent visit to Italy we found all the wine we drank to be sulfate free. It is out there you just have to ask for it. It makes a big difference in the texture and taste. Happy Hunting.
Posted on Apr 23,2004 by call me a cab
All wines are sulfate free. It's the sulfites that people have trouble with, and sulfites are what is found in wine.
Posted on Apr 25,2004 by Eric T.
Haslam, please reread Frank's responses. Organic
Posted on Apr 25,2004 by winemeup10815315
This is true. There isn't a wine that is completely free of sulfites, however there are wines with reduced sulfites. Look for an organic wine, as a few others already mentioned.
Posted on May 04,2004 by Wine10788598
Posted on May 28,2004 by stone10867837
more sulfates in red or white wine
Posted on Jun 06,2004 by Doctor Only
Stone, It doesn't matter whether the wine is red or white because sulfites do not occur naturally in wine; sulphur dioxide is added to prevent oxidation, so the amount added would depend on the wine-maker. SO2, which is also found in poisonous volcanic gases, forms an acid when it comes into contact with the grape juice. This acid serves as a great preservative and has been added to the wine recipe for thousands of years. This practice was largely responsible for the decline and fall of the Roman Empire--just kidding, but the Romans did use SO2 in making wine. There are a few wines that don't contain sulfites (I don't know what they are), but they have a very short shelf life. Responders above are probably correct is saying that sulfites may not be the cause of Armstrong's headaches. Sulfites are more of a problem for asthmatics, which is why wine labels in the US are required to disclose their presence.
Posted on Jun 06,2004 by Wine10819867
You should try to contact Paul Chartrand at Chartrand Imports in Rockland, Maine; he imports a lot of organic wine and, at one point, carried Guillot (Burgundy) wines with one of them having less than 1ppm of sulfite.
Posted on Jun 26,2004 by Hendry10907742
If you are the health nut type? You have made your self very sensitive to a broad field of natural and un-natural chemicals reactions. Histamines are your problem. Histamines cause the nasal pasage to restrict air movement (a natural reaction for a head cold, and it is a long story to explain how this works). Any beverage containing alcohol will do this, especially to a sensitve body. I have the same problem.