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Old 12-18-2010, 12:49 AM   #1
Sep 2010
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My girlfriend has been getting bad migraines for the past 3 weeks and the neurologist told her today no more red wine and that the sulphites might be causing them. She told him that I was making the wine with no sulphites and he told her that they are used to clean and sterilize the bottles so she should avoid.

Can I make a Merlot without any sulphites at all and if so what else could I use to safely sterilize the bottles??
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Old 12-18-2010, 01:42 AM   #2
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You can make wine without sulphites just don't expect it to age well. Sulphites occur naturally in all living things and are present in small quantities even in unsulphured wines.

I use generic Oxy-clean to clean and star-san to sanitize bottles.

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Old 12-18-2010, 01:47 AM   #3
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All wine has sulphites in it, the only thing special about red wine that I know of is the high tannins.

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