Most people claim “sulfite headaches” after drinking wine but writer Bill St. John would like to point out otherwise.
“This is the time of year when people tell me, as they return from their European vacations, that they drank bottle after bottle of wine with their meals and “never got a headache.” They explain this miracle by saying that wines in Europe “do not contain sulfites,” unlike wines sold in the U.S., the labels of which clearly state “Contains sulfites.”
“My sadly returning vacationers further claim that winemakers in other countries “must make a separate wine for export.” They do not; the Antinori Chianti Classico that you drink in Tuscany is the same Antinori Chianti Classico that you drink in Thornton. The reason that you didn’t get a headache drinking it in Tuscany is that you were on vacation. In Tuscany.”
The truth is, consumers cannot get sulfite headaches. Sulfite reactions are much more intense and look like an allergic reaction as opposed to a pounding head.
Learn about the truth of sulfites by reading more at The Denver Post.