26 May 6 Things You Should Know about White Wine Allergies
It’s almost Memorial Day, also known as the unofficial start of summer! What’s better at the pool, the beach or a BBQ than a chilled glass of white wine? Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay…bring them on!
However, millions of Americans have white wine allergies and don’t realize it. The drink’s infamous culprit? Sulfites. The Wand™ safely removes sulfites from white wine.
When you pick up a bottle of wine and read that little message on the label, “Contains Sulfites,” it can stir up apprehension. What gives? Why are sulfites in wine and how do they affect you? We’re here to help.
Here are 6 things you should know:
1.) Sulfites occur naturally in wine because of yeast metabolism in the fermentation process. Even if winemakers do not add extra sulfites as a preservative, all wines contain sulfites.
2.) White wines contain more sulfite preservatives than red wine to maintain and protect the more delicate flavors and colors.
3.) Sweet wines with higher sugar content often contain the most sulfites to prevent secondary fermentation of the remaining sugar.
4.) Sulfite allergy symptoms can include asthma, nasal congestion, skin rash/flush, nausea and GI distress.
5.) According to the FDA, 5-10% of people with asthma have severe sulfite sensitivity.
6.) Many Americans avoid sulfites to limit the preservatives in their diet.
So, the next time you’re enjoying a chilled glass of white wine and notice discomfort, take note! It could very well be the sulfites, not the pollen in the air or your meal.
But, you can still enjoy a glass or three on a hot summer night. The Wand™ removes the sulfite preservatives in wine, helping to alleviate the allergic symptoms while also rapidly aerating to maximize your wine’s full flavor potential.