Winos: No Sulfites in Italian Wine?

Old Aug 11th, 2013, 08:45 AM
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"In years past Italian wine bottlers were caught adulterating wine with glycerol and other chemicals. That stuff would give you a headache, and maybe more. I suggest that your Mother stick to white wine from quality producers. I don't know much about Italian wines but I think that Italy has a wine control system something like what they have in France and Germany."

Well Austria was caught using Glycerol in the 1980s, I don't think Italy was involved in the subject at all and Austrian wine producers (all, yes all) had to throw away that year's output. The larger producers were split and the whole Industry rebuilt.

Wine control in the EU is now of a very high standard, I would worry a little in countries where crime is significant to business but generally the standards are high across the piste.
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Old Aug 11th, 2013, 10:09 AM
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<i>bilboburgler on Aug 11, 13 at 12:45pm
Well Austria was caught using Glycerol in the 1980s, I don't think Italy was involved in the subject at all and Austrian wine producers (all, yes all) had to throw away that year's output.</i>

I may have my countries mixed up on the glycerol, but I remember that Italian producers were caught in some sort of scandal about 20 years ago.

Wine from Austria? I do not recall ever seeing a bottle. Maybe they drink it all at home and do not export? In the Wein & Co. tasting room in Vienna a few years ago I had a red Bourgogne.
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Old Aug 11th, 2013, 10:33 AM
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Ah Gruner Veltliner and the sweet wines of Rust, how can you say you have not seen a bottle. Available in Uk and more common than Tamaioasa if that helps.
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Old Aug 11th, 2013, 10:35 AM
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Italians did have a little problem, but the whole country of Austria was caught doing it.

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All across Western Europe last week, consumers were looking at bottles of Italian wine with suspicion and alarm. And with good reason: eight Italians died and some 30 were hospitalized after drinking red Odore Barbera, a northern Italian wine that was contaminated by as much as 5.7% methyl alcohol, a deadly dose way above the legally permitted limit of .3%. The scandal widened when a woman from the Piedmont region of northern Italy was hospitalized after drinking a bottle of Fraris Dolcetto del Piedmonte that contained methyl alcohol, which is normally used in antifreeze.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austrian_wine
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