Wine has always been difficult for me and I have never understood why. It shouldn’t be a problem for me, since it’s made of grapes, which I’m not allergic to (thank goodness). So I figured that I just can’t handle the alcohol. And that would have made sense to me (having a sensitive body and all) but it was never consistent. Sometimes when I’m out, I’ll have less than a glass, and yet still somehow have a major hangover the next day. And other times I’ll drink almost an entire bottle and feel totally fine the next day.
What’s going on?
Well, for the first time, I actually have answers.
Wine: It’s not just grape juice.
I had the great fortune to sit down and talk to Lauren Friel, who is the wine director over at Oleana (a fancy and totally delicious restaurant in Cambridge, MA) about wine; what’s in our wine and why it’s there in the first place.
If you like to drink wine and don’t enjoy hangovers, food allergies or no, you need to watch this brand new LTK episode.
And just so you know, here is the TTB’s (The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) list of approved additives to wine:
Ammonium dihydrogen phosphate
Bromelin (see Protease(s))
Cream of tartar (see Potassium hydrogen tartrate)
Cupric sulphate (see Copper sulfate)
Diammonium hydrogen phosphate
Diammonium phosphate (see Diammonium hydrogen phosphate)
Enzymatic activity (see Enzymes)
Essences or extracts
Ficin (see Protease(s))
Filtering aids (Inert)
Gum arabic (see Acacia)
Gypsum (see Calcium sulphate)
Hemicellulase (see Cellulases)
Inert filtering aids / agents (see Filtering aids (Inert))
Ion exchange resins
Ovalbumin (see Albumin)
Papaine (see Protease(s))
Pepsin (see Protease(s))
Polyoxyethylene (40) monostearate (see Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate)
Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate
Potassium bicarbonate (see Potassium hydrogen carbonate)
Potassium bitartrate (see Potassium hydrogen tartrate) Potassium carbonate
Potassium disulphite (see Potassium metabisulphite)
Potassium hydrogen carbonate
Potassium hydrogen tartrate Potassium metabisulphite
Silica (see Silicon dioxide)
Silica gel (see Silicon dioxide) Silicon dioxide
Trypsin (see Protease(s))
Yeast cell membranes
Yeast cell walls
Yeast food / nutrients
Photos by Kathi McFarland Bahr. She’s awesome.
Next week: Wine Guide: How To Shop For Safe and Clean Wine
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