The Contrarian

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Is U.S. Wine Full of Toxic Chemicals?

Have you ever realized that all our food must have a label listing the content? It’s a great law.

But wine doesn’t? Why is wine exempt?

Years ago, after the Mondavi brothers had sold their wine company, I coincidentally saw one of the Mondavi brothers on TV. He explained this problem of not requiring labeling. He and his group had been trying to get a labeling law for wine through in Congress. He said they had been unable to overcome the lobbyists of the wine industry. He even said that if Americans knew what chemicals were put into their wine, they would never drink it again.

Many wine drinkers feel tipsy, or get a headache, and then have a hangover the next day after just 2-3 glasses of US wine. Well, from my observation and research, it is not the alcohol. It’s the chemicals put into the wine.

I went to a private wine tasting and dinner in Napa Valley one time with friends at a well-known, upscale vineyard. One of their wines retails for around $90. During tastings, you usually get enough wine for one or two sips. But later that night, I woke up and my nose was running like a faucet. I used a whole box of Kleenex. I had terrible symptoms. In the middle of the night, I opened my computer and searched “chemicals in US wine.”

Lots of articles came up. One article said that up to 17 chemicals are put into some US wines. I was amazed. Now I knew what the Mondavi brother was talking about.

I always avoid supermarket foods that have a large list of “ingredients” on the labels. But I do read the labels and find incredibly bad things in many foods and drinks, like ‘sodium benzoate’ which, in the presence of vitamin C converts into benzene in your body.

Sodium benzoate a highly carcinogenic chemical that was used as a dry-cleaning fluid until many states banned it. Well, if it is too dangerous to clean my clothes, I don’t want it inside my body. How can our FDA allow that? You can probably find it on the label of your favorite soft drink! However, we can only hope it is not in wine, but we are not allowed to know that.

If you want to avoid the chemicals, try German wines. There is a 500 year old law in Germany, the “Reinheits Gesetz,” that prohibits putting any chemicals in to wine. The wine is clean and not expensive. You may find that you can drink it without headaches or a hangover. It’s the best evidence for me.