As I’ve noted before, I have a problem with wine and foods with sulphites as preservatives (e.g. see here). I’ve been searching for wines that are low in sulphites, but so far it has proved hard to find out cleanly, albeit that organic wines seem to be better. I had a comment on the post noted above from John whose partner has the same issue, and has started a on-line wine merchant called Good wine online that specialises in lower sulphate wines. We bought a selection to try :-
So far we’ve had a couple of bottles and they’ve been great. No ill effects at all (normally I get something, even if it is tolerable). They have a pretty wide selection, so I am a convert, and am retiring the old static page I used to have on wines I’d found to be ok … though I am copying it below in case folks want the info.
EDIT : I’ll add this here as this page gets seen a LOT. I’ve also found that a direct wine supplier that we used some while back seems to be fine. They are called Chateau Bauduc, and their website is here. The wine we absolutely love is the Bordeaux Blanc (see here) – it’s a house white at Rick Stein’s restaurants, and the best white wine I’ve ever had (not that I have a lot of white wine). Put simply, we don’t buy white anywhere else, good wine online included (much as we like them).
———–Old static page on sulphite safe wine is below —————-
Some while back I wrote a post on sulphites in wine. Since then I have from time to time experimented with wines that are or might be lower in sulphites (often organic), some of which have been fine, and some much less fine. I thought it might be useful to start a list of wines that have proved OK at least for my level of sensitivity. Please leave a comment if you have also sensitive to sulphates and have found wines that seem OK.
BTW, I do know that the scientific method used sucks – no repeated controls, no double blind, no variable isolation … this is just records. I did try and find a sulphite tester so I could directly measure the sulphite levels, but so far I’ve not had any luck.