Shipping wine to USA?

Old Mar 4th, 2006, 06:37 PM
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Travelnut, thank you so much for posting the website for Frey wine. My SIL, born and raised in Rome hardly ever drinks wine since he has been here in CA as wine with sulfites bother him..headaches etc. It has made me feel so bad for him. I had no idea there was any winery that did not have sulfites added. Thanks again.
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Old Mar 4th, 2006, 07:01 PM
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Glad you could use that - I'm just noodling around on Google!
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Old Mar 4th, 2006, 09:39 PM
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Carryon? The first time we went to Italy, my dad innocently packed his bottle of wine in his suitcase and checked it.

I didn't find out until the deed was done and really kidded him about all his new burgundy-colored clothing.

But of course he was lucky and it didn't break.
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Old Mar 4th, 2006, 09:58 PM
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never a problem bringing back several bottles of wine from France (just pack on your carry on so the airport luggage
do not toss them about and ruin your (and everyone elses) checked luggage. No problem at customs, I like others, always volunteer the info, like I did 10 years ago with some dried chilis from Thailand) hopefully I did not just jinx myself!
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Old Mar 5th, 2006, 08:13 AM
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Most European wine has sulfites added. People from USA always say that they don't get headaches when in Europe but that is most likely because they are eating while drinking wine. It's great that one is not getting headaches but I doubt if the reason is the lack of sulfites in the wine.
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Old Mar 5th, 2006, 09:46 AM
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I would be surprised if the wines in Europe did not have sulfites. I remember going with a friend to buy wine (illegally) in a French farmhouse. He was using his own small wooden cask and the farmer's wife asked him specifically if he had sulfured the cask, and that because she had not done so, she could not guarantee that the wine would not degrade rapidly. Perhaps wineries use a different technique, but if they sulfur their casks, I assume that some residue in the form of sulfites would remain.
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Old Mar 5th, 2006, 01:17 PM
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I was intrigued that sulfites were labeled in the US but I couldn't find anything on European or New World wines. I asked at Berry Bros in London. I was told that it's a US labeling issue. I'm no chemist, but it is my understanding that it is a preservative. Without it the wine would go bad rather quickly.
So, in my opinion ALL wines (except small amounts of organic wines) Do contain sulfites.
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Old Mar 6th, 2006, 03:29 AM
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I'm just saying if you google about 'vin naturel' and the like, you will find articles stating that many wine bars in Paris (for example) offer wines without added sulfites. It doesn't seem that they are that difficult to locate.
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Old Mar 6th, 2006, 05:34 AM
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ALL wines contain sulfites. They occur as a natural by product of fermentation.
It is true that additional sulfites are added by most winemakers throughout the world to preserve the wine. As someone else stated they are not required to put it in their labels in their country. I believe it must be added to the labels of wines that are shipped here to the US.
Many people believe the headaches they get from red wines comes from the sulfites where in fact they are prob allergic to the skins and stems that are used to make the red wine.

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Old Mar 6th, 2006, 12:30 PM
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Vino is correct. Sulfites are also found in many other foods including beer, fruit juice, salad dressings, shrimp etc.
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I've read all those things, also, about sulfites are in French wine, it's just not labeled. Why would someone think they'd get headaches from sulfites more from red wine than white wine, though, I don't understand that (some sweet white wines have more sulfites than red). I think white wine is harder to tolerate than red wine, myself.

I've read articles on this and they say that any red wine headaches are not thought to be caused by sulfites at all, but researchers don't quite know what causes them, but they think it is likely either something in red grape skins, histamines or tannins (which are greater in reds than whites). But they aren't due to sulfites, anyway, at least not red wine headaches. Anyone who is allergic to sulfites should have problems with all kinds of foods that have them, not just wine.

A lot of people just believe things due to suggestion, however, (which is why placebos can be so powerful) or having read incorrect things or heard them from others.
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Old Mar 14th, 2006, 05:15 PM
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topping... for sjm182222 - - since you don't know better than to "bury" your question under a message header which will NEVER draw someone in, with info about your particular question!
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Old Mar 14th, 2006, 05:25 PM
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Wow Rex, I don't know that that response was necessary. I thought that this was a forum where I could add my input? If I hadn't gotten an answer, I know very well how to look it up. Perhaps you didn't realize the tone that your reponse would have, in which case, maybe re-read your responses with that in mind. I love this forum and hate the negativity that you just made me feel as a result of being involved in it.
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Old Mar 14th, 2006, 05:32 PM
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I apologize to you.

But I'll ask you to consider that you "took a swing" at me first, by saying that my recommendation, intended as helpful, was misdirected... defending the use of a "cute" (and meaningless) header.

My response (both behavioral and verbal) was, at the bottom line... snippy, on the one hand - - and a retrieval of a useful answer, provided by me... on the other.
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