Monday, April 7, 2008

Sulfites

With wine, you hear the term Sulfites used frequently. Some people are allergic to sulfites and / or the sulfites in wine cause some health issues when they drink wine. Here is the scoop on sulfites.

Sulfite is a term used to describe sulfur dioxide and other sulfur derivatives. Sulfites are found in all wines as they are a natural product of fermentation. Sulfur dioxide is used in wine making to prevent oxidation, kill bacteria and wild yeasts, and encourage quick and clean fermentation. The U.S. government requires wine labels to include "Contains Sulfites" to alert those who may be allergic to sulfites.

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