A reader emailed recently asking for some low sulphur wines to try after being told by her GP that wine intolerance was common in middle-aged pre-menopausal women and a low/no added sulphur approach might help. I mean, a hot flush is one thing. But wine intolerance? Talk about adding insult to injury. Anyway, if you want to go low the trick is to go for organic, biodynamic or so-called natural wines as these will have lower levels of sulphur than most (although all wines will have at least some sulphur in them: it’s a natural by-product of fermentation). So a couple of this week’s wines are both low sulphur and fabulous. The other is Fairtrade, given that it’s Fairtrade Fortnight (as requested by another reader this week). Hope this helps. Now, excuse me whilst I go and open a window.

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  1. Simon Heape

    It might be worth pointing out to said person that red wines contain less sulphites than red and sweet wine spritzers are a total no no 😀

  2. Thanks so much for this post. I started a mission to change my vinous horizons by trying to drink only “natural” / low-intervention wines for a year. Early days, but so far it’s amazing – whole new world of flavours and energy. Accessible writing on the space is limited so I for one would love to see more wines like this featured by writers like you.

    • Helen McGinn

      Thanks for this, yes planning to do lots more as so many people wanting to drink organic nowadays whether for their own health or that of the planet. It’s still hit and miss as with all wines but I’ll report back on the best!

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