Wednesday, January 02, 2008

I am allergic to the oak barrels that wine is normally distilled in. Could you tell me if you have a wine that is distilled only in the steel barrels? Or could you recommend an alternative?

Thank you for your help.
Wines are not really distilled in oak barrels unless you are talking of spirits (alcohol extracted from wines) but I understand what you mean. Wines meant to be kept for a longer time, usually of a higher quality, are put in oak barrels for 6 to 12 months and the tannins extracted from the oak are what you are allergic to. The small barrels are thrown out after 3 to 5 years because they have given all their tannins away. A lot of the wineries still have huge oak casks to store wine before bottling but in my opinion these are very old and do not release any tannins.

Therefore I believe that in your case (depending on your personal sensitivity obviously) practically all young wines and low priced wines (since barrel aging is expensive) should work for you. Focus on recent vintages and light, fruity and inexpensive wines. You can also consider white or rosé wines since 95% of them are made in stainless steel.

Dr Mic


Pai said...

Hi Everyone,

This has been a really excellent blog, and I am learning alot from it.

I run an online store, which services Australia (at the present moment) catering for people with dietry requirements and allergies (vegans, vegetarians, cylliacs also included. to all the additives in wines and chocolates and so forth - and it has been interesting to get a global perspective on this.

Based on your experience,
would you say that people are heading more towards organic and preservative free products and lifestyles in the US?

Thanks for your time and all the best,

Michel & Veronique said...

Hi Pai,

Certainly there is a definite trend toward unadulterated products in the US as in Europe. The level of toxic elements that this "civilization" has released in our environment and therefore that we all carry in our bodies is mind-boggling and responsible for an amazing array of common modern ailments: loss of sleep, decrease in fertility, degenerative diseases, cancers and a general lowering of immune defenses. It is a matter of absolute urgency that we get rid of as much of these toxic products in our food primarily but also in anything that we touch or breathe. Lots of work!

All the best