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Wine FAQ

Curious about wine lingo or decanting wine? Our H-E-B Wine Buyers have answers to the most frequently asked wine questions.

  • Question: Is drinking red wine good for me?

    Answer:

    Over the last few years, among the scientific, public health and governmental community, this has become the consensus. Many of these circles believe that moderate wine consumption is associated with a number of positive health outcomes. However, you should always consult a physician before making changes to your health regime.


  • Question: Is wine fattening?

    Answer:

    The calories in a 4 ounce glass of wine range from about 80 to 100. Some wines are higher in carbohydrates than others due to their residual sugars. For example, a dry Sauvignon Blanc may have 2 grams of carbohydrates, where as a very sweet dessert wine could have up to 12 grams. However, wine is fat free and contains no cholesterol.


  • Question: Why do some wines give you a headache?

    Answer:

    This has to do with Histamines found in the skins of grapes. It seems some people develop headaches if they are sensitive to histamines. Red wine will affect a histamine sensitive wine drinker more than white wine because red wine has spent more time in contact with grape skins.


  • Question: What are sulfites and should I be worried about them?

    Answer:

    Sulfite is a term used to describe sulfur dioxide and other sulfur derivatives. Sulfites are found in all wines and are a natural product of fermentation. Sulfur dioxide is used in wine making to prevent oxidation, kill bacteria and wild yeasts and encourage quick and clean fermentation. The U.S. government requires wine labels to include "Contains Sulfites" to alert those who may be allergic to sulfites.