Sulphites are regularly blamed for inducing headaches but they are not to blame unless you are one of the unlucky few who has an allergy to them. If you think sulphites are causing your headache, try eating some dried apricots, and see if that induces a headache. These dried fruits are rich in them and I have never heard of anyone getting a headache from eating an apricot! If you are interested in finding our more concerning wine and headaches check out my Blogs How to Avoid the Red Wine Headache, Why Do Some Wines Give Us Headaches? and What’s In Your Wine?There has been quite a bit of debate generated by wine headaches and whether New World wines generate more headaches than Old World wines – which judging from the comments on my blogs does seem to be the case. I had wondered whether wine yeasts were the culprit and a lot of people think that fungicides and pesticides are to blame. Drinking water after your red wine does seem to help.
Further study is needed as there are likely to be big differences in glycoprotein sequences among wines. This research was performed on only one wine – a very young one (the analyses were performed within a month of the wine’s production to avoid any protein loss). However it is hoped that their work will lead to a glycoprotein-free wine. Dr Palmisano has begun working with a producer in his home town of Turi to determine in principle whether his suspected glycoproteins can be removed from wine without significantly altering its aroma or taste. “If we know the culprit, we should be able to treat it or remove it,” he said. “We want to improve the quality of wine and the quality of life of allergic people.”
The study paves the way for future research and you never know we might see an allergy free wine produced one day – which is good news for allergy sufferers.