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We are often asked about organic and “no sulfite wines” so we thought we’d clear the air and de-mystify a few rumors that seem to be floating around out there. First off, there is just no such thing as a “no sulfite” wine. Sulfites are a natural by-product of the wine-making process and will only exist in small amounts known as parts per million. There are wines that have “added” sulfites which help to keep the wines from oxidizing and going bad. The legal limit for sulfite content in these wines is around 350 parts per million. The average wine is around 150 ppm and in wines with sterilized tanks, well handled and unbruised fruit, the sulfite content is even less! As for sulfites causing migraines and headaches, allergists say that this is not the case. In fact the real cause for headaches may be the person’s ability to process the wine itself or the various other biological components thereof. For example, a person may have difficulty processing wines with high levels of tannin, such as Cabernet. Even though it may be uncomfortable to “experiment” when a migraine or terrible hangover is on the line we recommend that you branch out a little. Our suggestion: try a lighter style of wine with less tannic structure, like an Oregon Pinot Noir. The Jezebel for $14.99 is one of our favorites. Also you may be able to get online and research wineries that do not add sulfites to their wines. We are always willing to special order any wine for you that we can get our hands on.
Join us at Aromas Wine Bar for an evening of exciting wine bracket competition. We’ll have 8 wines and 4 teams who battle to wine the savoring Final Round between Red and White.
More details coming soon.
Just a heads up that we have an Argentine Wine Tasting coming up APRIL 1st at Casa Mia downtown. With their contemporary fusion of the Spanish tradition of tapas, Casa Mia is the perfect place to enjoy wines from one of my favorite regions.
Here’s a little Did You Know: Due to the high altitude and low humidity of the main wine producing regions, Argentine vineyards rarely face the problems of insects, fungi, molds and other grape diseases that affect vineyards in other countries. This permits cultivating with little or no pesticides, allowing even organic wines to be easily produced.
More details to follow.
Join Five Points Bottle and our good buddies down at the Winery on East Broad Street this
Friday January 8th from 6-8pm for this popular tasting!
The $15 cost includes a sampling of light hors d’oeuvres and a taste of 15 different wines! This is a great chance to meet up with friends for happy hour and catch up after the holidays. Hope to see you there!
Charles Smith Riesling
Four Vines Naked Chardonnay
Molnar Pinot Noir
Leese Fitch Merlot
Charles Smith The Velvet Devil Merlot
Hey Mambo Sultry Red
Low Country Lemonade Vodka (not wine, but still delicious )
CALL FIVE POINTS WESTSIDE for RESERVATIONS 706-316-2337