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Allergy sufferers need not avoid wine

We aren’t surprised that more people are making their own wine.  And there seem to be several reasons:

  • First – Affordability. On premise winemaking is less expensive than purchasing wine from a commercial outlet. At the Wine Butler, a batch makes 28-30 bottles. The price includes materials, labels, corks and seals. All you need to do is bring your own bottles.
  • Second, with many on premise winemaking outlets, the quality and selection is equal to commercially brewed wine.
  • And third, craft wine has considerably less sulphites than commercial wines.

According to Health Canada, sulphites are substances that naturally occur in food (such as grapes) and the human body. But they are also used as a food additive that can cause allergy sufferers some grief.

When sulphites are placed in food, they help to maintain food colour, prolong shelf-life and prevent the growth of micro-organisms. But they can also cause an allergic reaction in some individuals from mild -itching, headaches, particularly migraines to severe asthma or anaphylactic type reactions.

For red wine lovers who suffer from allergies, craft winemaking might be a good solution. Wine Butler wines are meant to be tasted within 12 to 24 months of bottling and so require less sulphites.

The Wine Butler would like to remind all it’s customers, to always drink responsibly.