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.
Current Sparkling in the fridge: El Bandito I Wish I Was A Ninja
Price: £19.99 - Buy From The Solent Cellar
This is a pet-nat (the name comes from the French term petillant naturel, which translates as ‘natural sparkling’) wine from traditional-rule-breaking hip young winemakers (god, I sound like my mother) in South Africa’s Swartland region. The fact that the label simply says ‘Made from grapes’ gives you an idea of their approach. Basically, a big two fingers to any wine stuffiness. I adore this wine, fresh and frothy and full of lemon sherbet flavours. Seriously, it tastes happy.
Current white in the fridge: Free Run Juice Samurai Chardonnay
Price: £11.00 - Buy From Pull The Cork
Get past the nightmarish label and you’ll find a bright, sunny wine inside. Made from the Chardonnay grape, this hasn’t been anywhere near an oak barrel and is made with what’s called ‘minimum intervention’ from the winemaker. It’s a real peach and Pull The Cork, the online retailer selling it, is offering a small discount to KMWC readers on any orders. Just enter the discount ‘org4n1c’ at the checkout.
Current red in the rack: Co-op Fairtrade Bonarda-Malbec
Price: £5.25 - Buy From Co-op
It’s the second week of Fairtrade Fortnight and if you want to drink to that, head to the Co-op. They’re real champions of Fairtrade wines and sales of this particular range of wines has, so far, funded a clean water facility and a secondary school in the town where the wine’s made in Argentina. It’s a great blend, matching Malbec with the bright, juicy Bonarda grape. Properly feel-good wine.