Vino's Knowledgeable Staff Clears up Myths about Sulfites

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Vino's Knowledgeable Staff Clears up Myths about Sulfites

Has anyone ever told you that sulfites are to blame if you get a headache after drinking wine? The truth is sulfites are usually a harmless and natural part of any wine. Let our knowledgeable staff clear up some common myths about sulfites.

Which wines contain sulfites? It would be hard to find a wine that doesn't contain any sulfites at all, and that includes organic wines. Sulfites are a natural byproduct of fermentation, and they're often added to wine to act as a preservative. When you see "contains sulfites" on a wine label, it means that the wine contains more than 10 ppm or parts per million. To put that in some context, US regulations allow wine to contain up to 350 ppm.

Will sulfites give me a headache? Many experts believe that only about 1% of the population is sensitive to sulfites, and most of them have asthma. In that case, it may be helpful to avoid sources of sulfites including many foods that contain a lot more sulfites than wine. That includes processed meats, soda, and potato chips. For people who are sensitive to sulfites, the symptoms are usually like having a severe asthma attack, migraines or hives. Otherwise, if you get a headache after drinking wine, it's much more likely to be caused by alcohol or tannins.

In short, unless you're one of the relatively few people who are sensitive to sulfites, you can probably relax, and drink your wine. A good place to start is to contact us. Come see why Vino Fine Wine & Spirits is one of New York's top-rated wine stores.

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