We get a lot of customers that come in and tell us they get a headache from drinking wine. Usually red wine.
What causes this headache? It's a complex topic and even the experts don't seem to know for sure. Many in the know do have plenty of doubts that it is the sulfites that most sufferers assume is the culprit. Anecdotally, white wines tend to have more added sulfites than red, yet reds are more likely to trigger headaches.
The evidence points towards some compound(s) in the skins of red grapes. Some are starting to believe that histamines can be to blame.
When Sebastiano Ramello's mother was diagnosed with a histamine intolerance he sought out to make a wine lower in histamines. Fortunately, he's from the Piedmont area in Italy where two of the most common grapes there, Barbera & Dolcetto already tend to be low in the compound. This is the starting point, then Sebastiano ensures to keep the wine low in histamines throughout the winemaking process. His wines have a tenth of the amount of histamine that you would find in a regular bottle of wine.
We now carry his Barbera (always available to ship, sometimes we run out in store. Email Tom@craftcurd.com to ensure availability before stopping by).
Again, it's a complex topic and there is no way to guarantee that a particular wine will not give you a headache. Hopefully, this will work for you.
(Nothing in this post is intended as medical advice. Please consult with your healthcare professional)