Since you are here, you are probably suffering from a bad headache and believe that it was the sulfites in the wine that caused it. We have some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is that yes, you can remove the sulfites from wine. Unfortunately, removing the chemicals from your favorite wine will not help prevent any future headaches. Even though there are many myths about how harmful sulfites in wine are, they are all wrong. Sulfites are actually good, and today we will show you.
Are Sulfites Harmful or Are They Good?
As previously mentioned, sulfites can be good for your health. They prevent microbial growth in the wine, but that’s not all. The chemicals also slow down the rate of oxidation. The reason why winemakers include it in their recipes is that the sulfites are an added preservative. This means that the chemicals will help the wine maintain its natural flavor and color. In addition, sulfites have been added to foods and drinks for thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Romans.
How to Remove Sulfites from Wine?
Removing sulfites from wine is a simple and quick process. The only thing you need is a bottle of oxygen peroxide. Adding a few drops of oxygen peroxide clears the air and gets rid of the sulfites. You can also use aerators (purifiers) and benefit from the same result. We also want to mention that using aerators will oxidize and enhance the flavor of red wine.
There is another alternative method that doesn’t require any third-party product. You can simply decant the wine. Although, this might take a couple of minutes until the sulfites are completely removed since you need to keep pouring the wine in different glasses, bottles, or bowls.
Sidenote: On the downside of things, getting rid of the sulfites via oxygen peroxide might change the taste of your wine. This is why we are advising everyone to consider using aerators instead.
Myths About Sulfites
While sulfites have been used in foods and wine for thousands of years, people have still created myths about them. There are various reports of asthmatic and allergic reactions to the chemicals, but other than that, they are all myths. For example, it is commonly believed that sulfites are what cause headaches and migraines when drinking wine. Others believe that the sulfites are to blame for chest pains, coughs, and wheezing. All of these are myths, and there is no scientific proof.
Have you ever heard the saying that sulfites in red wines cause headaches? This couldn’t be further away from the truth. Most people don’t know this, but white wines actually contain more sulfites than reds. Winemakers use the chemical thanks to the preservative properties and because it helps in a process dubbed as “second fermentation.” The process makes the flavor sweeter, and it enriches the fragrance.