11 Wines We Love That Have No Added Sulfites
Sulfites have a bad rap. They’re blamed for the splitting headache you get after one or two glasses of wine...and the foggy hangover the next day. But are they really the culprit? Here’s what you need to know about these compounds, plus a few of our favorite low-sulfite wines to add to your cart like, now.
What Are Sulfites?
Sulfites are naturally-occurring compounds that are a product of fermentation. All wines have some sulfites, but many winemakers add extra sulfites to their vintages as a preservative. So, while it’s impossible to buy wine that’s totally sulfite-free, low-sulfite wines do exist. If you’d like to avoid them as much as possible, look for bottles that say “no sulfites added” on the label, or hunt down organic wines, which are required to be made from organically-grown grapes and contain no added sulfites. (Just be sure to drink them ASAP; they’re not designed to age well.)
Are Sulfites Bad for You?
If you’re sensitive to sulfites, stick to low-sulfite wine. But TBH, additional sulfites don’t present a problem for most people. In fact, there are lots of foods that contain sulfites too, like some jams, frozen vegetables and raisins. If you can eat those without any issue, odds are you don’t have a sulfite sensitivity. (In other words, that crushing hangover you’re experiencing is likely caused by dehydration, not sulfites.) But we totally get it if you’re not keen on tossing back a goblet of non-organic preservatives, sensitive or not. Here are 11 low-sulfite wines to add to your rack, pronto.
1. 2019 Ace in the Hole Cabernet Sauvignon
If you’re looking for a wine subscription to gift a fellow budding sommelier, look no further than Winc. This low-sugar, low-sulfite pick is dark, peppery and velvety with notes of allspice, black currant and dark cherry. It’s sweet and tannic, making it great to sip alongside cheese, burgers or chocolate.
2. Frey Agriculturist Organic Blanc
A versatile sipper that strikes just the right balance of dry, refreshing and fruity. Made from a mix of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling grapes, this California gem is equipped with hints of peach, pineapple, butter and melon. It’s just the pairing for grilled fish.
3. 2018 Bruno Dubois Saumur Rococo
Meet the ideal Cabernet Franc to serve whenever you’re grilling steak or pork chops. Sniff before you sip to take in the floral aroma, then taste notes of raspberry, cassis, pepper and tobacco.
4. 2018 Trés Chic Rosé
We don’t know about you, but we sip our favorite pink drink all year round. This crisp, dry bottle is citrusy and slightly herbaceous with notes of raspberry and grapefruit. It’ll cut right through decadent cheeses and creamy pasta dishes.
5. 2019 Wonderful Wine Co. Syrah
Meet Winc’s clean line of vinos that just launched this year. More importantly, meet their full-bodied Spanish red that’s begging for a spot at your Thanksgiving table. Made from sustainably-farmed organic grapes, it has bold flavors of plum, fig and black cherry and pairs beautifully with barbecue or lamb.
6. 2019 Yé-Yé White Blend
Get in, we’re going to Spain. Whether you’re sipping this dry, fruity blend at brunch with a fruit plate or at dinner alongside steamed mussels, its floral aromatics and notes of honeysuckle, lemon, peach and wet stone are sure to shine through.
8. 2019 #TBT Chardonnay
Looking for something everyone at your table will be happy with? This light, slightly sweet pick is floral, bright and bursting with citrus and tropical flavors. Serve it cold with sushi or Thai food, or drink it alfresco with grilled chicken or shellfish.
9. 2019 Far + Wide Frappato
The Frappato is a rare Sicilian grape that creates a lighter-bodied, juicy red you’ll never forget. This pick is fruit-forward with the essences of raspberry, red cherry, rhubarb and tomato leaf in every sip. Try it slightly chilled with ribs, fries or pizza.
10. 2017 Benziger Organic Reserve Chardonnay
While this white is made with organic grapes, it does contain a small amount of added sulfites—but don't let that stop you unless you have a serious sensitivity. Creamy, luxurious and lively, it was aged 10 months on French oak. Savor notes of apple, lemon zest and spiced pear between bites of chicken or shrimp.
11. Dry Farm Wines Rosé Membership
Every single rosé in this curated subscription box is lab-tested to ensure that it’s sugar-free and low in both alcohol and sulfites. Better yet, if you get a bottle you don’t like, Dry Farm Wines will replace it or refund you. What do you have to lose?