Is Cheap Ass bad? And what about sulfites and headaches?

So I wanted to make note of Two very good pointS made on Yaz’s Cheap Ass Wines. 

This is a really good question. I do want to say that because the wine is cheap does not mean it is no good or that it’s low in quality. 

Wine deals, do not say that there is something wrong with the wine or that it’s gone bad either. Usually what happens is there is more wine available then we can drink so it gets sold to places like grocery outlet or other retailers who put it on sale to move it off the shelves.

Keep in mind that there are thousands upon thousands of wine makers, and wine crafts people across the entire world!

Global purchases of imported wine in the US total three $37 billion in 2018. 

There are 18,000,000 acres dedicated to winemaking across the world.

Washington state alone has close to 700 wineries. 

And there are over 10,000 varieties of grapes across the world.

To the answer the question about the headache:  Sulfites. Many people seem to think that sulfites in wine cause headaches. The scientists and physicians we talked to said that’s not true. Sulfites can cause allergy and asthma symptoms, but they don’t cause headaches. 

Sulfites occur naturally in all wine. It’s just that in the U.S., the government requires winemakers to print that on the label because sulfites can trigger severe reactions, even death, in some people, especially asthmatics with this sensitivity.

Some people think wines labeled “organic” don’t have sulfites, but that’s not true, although those wineries might not add any additional sulfites.

A lot of research suggests that the headache culprits might be histamine and tyramine, other chemical substances that are naturally present in wine. Histamine dilates blood vessels and tyramine first constricts then dilates blood vessels — ouch!

Red wines, in general, contain more histamine than Champagnes or sparkling wines and those usually contain more histamine than [still] white wines.

Studies are showing that people who most often have trouble with histamine in wine, are those who lack an enzyme in their intestines that can help them metabolize histamine. Tyramine, meantime, can cause your blood pressure to rise, and that triggers headaches in some people. These same people might get headaches from aged cheeses, smoked or cured meats, and citrus fruits.

So just so you know, i’m not drinking cheap wine because it’s cheap, I’m drinking cheap wine because I can!

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