dailyrosary Wrote:Definitely merlot.  I'm afraid of white wine.  I never get hangovers, but white wine is a killer--anyone else with this problem?

No hangovers, but I get lightheaded and buzzed from whites more so than reds. I'm not too fond of the dry stuff though.
[quote='Brennus']The headaches MIGHT be caused by sulfites and not the wine itself. In Europe, they do not put sulfites in their wine however, when they make their w

There are many erroneous ideas about sulfites, so to put the record straight:
  • All wines contain sulfites.  Yeast naturally produce sulfites during fermentation so there is only a rare wine which contains none.
  • The US requires a "sulfite" warning label and Australia requires a label indicating "preservative 220," but nearly all winemakers add sulfites, including those in France, Italy, Spain, Australia, Chile, etc etc. So, the wine you drink in foreign countries contains sulfites, but you just are not being warned about it when purchased abroad.  Survey studies show that European wines contain an average of 80 mg/L sulfites just as in the US.
  • There are a few (very few) winemakers who make wines without adding sulfites.  In the US, organic wine must be made without added sulfites.  These are unusual because the wine is very perishable and often have unusual aromas from the aldehydes that are normally bound and rended aroma-less by the sulftes. Look for these wines at natural food stores.
  • Sulfites do not cause headaches!!!  There is something in red wine that causes headaches, but the cause has not yet been discovered.  Refer to the Bakalinsky article above.   (Many people seem to connect their headache with the sulfite warning label, but sorry there is no connection).  To avoid headaches, try drinking less wine, and drink with food.   If you think sulfites are causing your headache, try eating some orange-colored dried apricots, and let me know if that induces a headache.  If not, sulftes are not the likely culprit.  These bright colored dried fruits typically have 2000 mg/kg sulfites, so a two ounce serving (56 gm) should contain about 112 mg sulfites.

I think white wine causes more hangovers because it usually has more sugar than red,  and supposedly sweeter drinks tend to do that.
I pick wines by whether or not they have a clever name and I like the design of the label. [Image: laff.gif]  My favorite is Mad Housewife chardonnay.
I'm not much of a wine drinker but I like Lambrusco.
Oh Lambrusco is the bomb! My favorite is made by Riunite. However, I think my favorite of all wines is a nice Zinfindel, white or red. I enjoy sweeter wines, although I will partake of some good quality Chianti on occasion. Really dry wines like Cabernet Savignon are not my thing at all. Last summer we took a family trip to Brenham and found a little family-run winery called Pleasant Hill. We took their tour and wine tasting and had tons of fun! They were sweet enough to give the boys some plain fresh grape juice so they wouldn't feel left out. We came home with a bottle of Blanc Du Bois which was heavenly! 
nicollette Wrote:Hey Kathy, if your ever in Nebraska you should definatley pop over and visit here. We're members of the vineyard and the wines are just fabulous!

My sister is in the convent at Valparaiso, we have been to this vineyard and it is wondeful!!


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