What Exactly Is Low-Sulphite Wine and Why Should You Be Buying It?
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Most of us have probably suffered after a couple of glasses of wine, but what if it's not overindulgence that's actually causing you to react in strange ways? If you find that drinking wine results in shortness of breath or causes you to break out in a rash, this could actually be due to a sensitivity to the sulphites in your wine. There's sulphur dioxide in most wines; it's added to prevent the oxidation process so your wine stays fresh and is still the colour it's supposed to be. Sulphites are used as preservatives across the food and pharmaceutical industries, but studies have shown that some people can be sensitive to them and may suffer from respiratory, dermatological, gastrointestinal, or other symptoms. For these people, a low-sulphite or sulphite-free wine is the best option, and an increased awareness of sulphite sensitivity has led to an increase in the availability of low-sulphite wines in the last few years. We've rounded up the best of the bunch. Many are also organic, and there are even a few supermarket options under a tenner!