History of Wine
Drinking wine is not new and traces back to 5000BC to 6000BC, probably from Iran. Wine drinking was common in Greece or in the Roman Empire and was often associated with ceremonial events. In Europe, wine production followed the fall of the Roman Empire and was adopted by the Catholic church as wine drinking accompanied Church masses. In the 15th century, wine consumption became popular and grapes started to be widely grown all around the world.
Sulfites in Wine
To preserve wines from spoiling, wine producers started to add sulphites to it 200 years ago. Sulfite comes from sulphur, a chemical element found in nature in a yellow crystalline solid form. Sulfites naturally occur on many growing plants at very low levels to avoid microbial growth and have been used commonly to stop the fermentation in food products.
Even organic wines contain sulfites because of the fermentation of the grapes creating a chemical reaction resulting in the build-up of sulphur dioxide BUT no manually added sulfites which are not the same sulfites as the ones found in nature.
In the USA, it was enforced to inform consumers of manually added sulfites in wines back in 1987. In Europe, the same law came into force in 2005 for wines containing more than 10mg/L in which case, the label must show “Contains sulfites”. Sulphites can have negative effects on health and particularly create allergies (especially in people prompt to asthma), cramps, hot flushes or feelings of hangover. This is why many people try to avoid wine drinking. Sulfites are found in highest concentration in white wines and sweet wines that are more prompt to spoilage unlike red wines, although winemakers add them anyways. They are found in many other products including fruit juices, dry fruits, fruit concentrates, jam, pizza dough, processed vegetables, some cheeses, prescription drugs, among others and these foods/drinks can produce the same effect as wine drinking, including headaches and feelings of hangovers.
Besides the added sulfites in wines, growing grapes involves a high usage of pesticides and chemicals in order to produce good grapes. This makes wine drinking even more toxic and this is why more and more, companies push organic wines including organic red wine, organic white wine and organic rose, which means that the grapes are organically grown and do not contain any chemicals which is good for us and for the environment. Organic wines will still contain sulfites but natural sulftes and at a very low dosage which will reduce the side effects occurring when drinking regular wines.
Buy organic wine
You can buy organic wine at your local natural store or online. Drinking organic wine won’t induce the same side effects and is actually good because wine contains antioxidants that help prevent cardio-vascular complications. However, always check the ingredients of your organic products to ensure they are truly organic.