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An Exposé: The Wine Headache

Original post by akops41, Jan 17, 2008.

Everyone hates hangovers. There's nothing redeeming about them. Seriously. They make my head throb like I'd been sitting inside a speaker at a Pearl Jam concert. My body always feels weak and the idea of eating food makes me want to lock myself in the closet for a week.

As you know, I love me some wine, but I don't overdo it. I will admit I am a lightweight though. Sadly, there are times even after ingesting the proper food to alcohol ratio, I wake up with our friend The Wine Headache. Come to think of it, last weekend's Chianti gave me the mother of all wine headaches. As much as I'd love to blame it on the fact that it was cheap wine (which it was), I don't think that was the problem. I most definitely have gotten headaches from excellent bottles of wine, even some which still stick out in my head as favorites (*cough* this ridiculously good Rioja *cough*).Since its seems ridiculously unfair to me that a favorite wine could have it out for my nervous system, I decided to learn more about what is actually going on here.

There seem to be many reasons why people think wines cause headaches. Some say its the oak barrels used in vinification (particularly American oak which is more commonly used in the US than Europe). Some blame the histamines found in grape skins - they say red wines will cause headaches more frequently as the wine has more contact with the skins than white. Others claim it's the sulfites, used as an antiseptic and stabilizer in vinification, that are the culprits. Sadly, there is no one scientific answer to this question which, yes, makes this headache within headache. Haha! - life has done it again!

Though my research proved useless in finding a cure for TWH, there are a few things you can take away. Sufferers of The Wine Headache should monitor what wines give them headaches, which ones don't, and drink accordingly. If you find red wine gives you headaches yet you love red wine, maybe try a Beaujolais( like this one ). Since these light bodied wines are vinified via carbonic maceration, the skins have less time to release evil headache-fuel into the wine. If you find oak might be affecting you, try sticking to European wines as they are more likely to use local oak over the problematic American Oak. If you want to avoid sulfites, organic wines are a good choice - they have regulations limiting the amount of sulfites that are added ( try this one ).

And please, if you find theres some trick to avoiding TWH, please let me know. I want them to go away!

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Reply by outthere, Mar 3, 2015.

Al, I was insulting the OP by correcting their statement? Were they not insulting my intelligence by posting a misnomer? I didn't feel that way either but since you brought it up...

The post was a blog entry meant to be informative. An "Exposé". It contained misinformation which should be corrected and it's helpful unless ones ego cannot handle inaccuracies being pointed out. I've had statements of mine corrected many times. Sometimes that's how we learn.

Darren, I am encouraging people to check their facts unless of course facts don't matter between friends. 

I could be a real ass if I wanted to but what's the point? I can leave that to GregT since he has mastered the art and I look up to him :-) I have a snarky side that comes out in jest and try my best to be sure people know I am being tongue in cheek. In the matter above that was not the case at all. I'm here to have fun just as much as to share and learn and grow.

Now, about wine being boring...

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Reply by GregT, Mar 3, 2015.

But, but . . . you said I"m . . .

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Reply by outthere, Mar 3, 2015.

;-)

 

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Reply by Really Big Al, Mar 3, 2015.

:-)  No hard feelings.  I'm guilty too.

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Reply by outthere, Mar 3, 2015.

Hard feelings? It's the internet, since when do feelings matter? ;-)

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Reply by dvogler, Mar 3, 2015.

Hey! When it comes right down to it, I'm the biggest a-hole on the forum!

(to coin a term from William).

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Reply by Really Big Al, Mar 3, 2015.

Getting back to the topic for a moment, I am now making sure we have a glass of water handy when drinking wine.  When that virtual tasting arrives next Tuesday, I better have a gallon jug on the table.

 

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Reply by outthere, Mar 3, 2015.

Learn to spit when doing tastings. Best way to taste lots of wine and still blow under .01 and not have any ill effects in the AM.

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Reply by dmcker, Mar 3, 2015.

A teenyweeny tasting at home, spitting? Really?? We're hardly talking potlatch here.

 

Al, you've never done the one glass water for one glass alcohol regimen before? Guess I was trained early by partyharders...

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Reply by dvogler, Mar 4, 2015.

Al, it's true and a bit weird to spit nice wine OUT of your mouth.  Spit for the tasting, make notes and then after go ahead and have a glass or two (or three) of the ones you liked most.  How do you think we got through fifty bottles at OT's last July?  Nearly a sin how much wine got poured out in the bushes.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Mar 4, 2015.

Don't tell anyone, but I just don't pour out wine, even if I don't really like it.  The proof in that was back in 2010 when we visited Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.  The wine made by the Vietnamese was the worst I had ever tasted.  Sandra took one sip and that was it.  As you might have guessed, I finished her glass, trying to think of other things as it went down the hatch.  I hate to waste money.  

If we are lucky, we might have our wine friends coming over next Tuesday to help us with that virtual tasting allotment.  No response yet from the e-mail I sent them yesterday.  These folks came over in January I believe and we had a very nice wine dinner.  We're going over to their house in April for another wine dinner.  These dinners bring out some of our best wines at both houses.

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Reply by dmcker, Mar 4, 2015.

So, your wife as tunnel rat? Assume you're old enough, Al, to know the significance of those Viet Cong/NVA warrens.?  ;-(

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Reply by Really Big Al, Mar 4, 2015.

I was still 2 years from graduating high school when the Vietnam war ended.  I was lucky that I didn't have to register for the draft and go to war over there.  We did a tour of some tunnels; the first one was very short - in and out in a minute.  The next one was longer.  The final one basically freaked me out because it had several rooms, dead-end turns (with Punji sticks) and they turned the lights out while we were navigating a long part (few hundred feet) that you needed to crouch down to get through.  I kept activating my flash on the camera to give me light every 10 or 15 seconds so I wouldn't panic.

 I am claustrophobic and I will never go back in there.  Sandra was ready for more but I said no way.  

Of course we understand what the tunnels were used for.  These were in Saigon, under an American base.  The Viet Cong would pop up at night, create havoc and then slip back underground.  

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Reply by dmcker, Mar 4, 2015.

I was against that war, strongly, and demonstrated it in many ways. However I also had friends and acquaintances who fought in it, several quite intensely and even successfully. Some also didn't make it back. One was a tunnel rat who went down those holes, and that sounds like some of the most intense there was. Took him decades to come out of himself to the extent he did.

Lots of people died in and from those holes. Not something I'm going to celebrate with smiles in tourist holiday fashion. I know plenty of people who feel more strongly about it than that. It wasn't really all that long ago for them. Even for me, visiting that wall near where you live can be very emotional. And when I visit Vietnam I still get the hairy eyeball from immigration officials of a certain age.

Think once again, Al, about what you are posting. It's a war that people want to forget, but still lives on in both many individuals and in other public ways. Far more devastating in its fashion than our current Middle Eastern adventures. It's nothing to make casual about, even as we move forward in our various relationships with the people there. This is the Internet after all, where literally anybody can see what you put out there.

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Reply by dvogler, Mar 4, 2015.

Dave, how do you know what Al and his wife were feeling?  I doubt Al meant to offend anyone with his photo.  His original link to the photo was the fact that in his opinion, Vietnamese wine is awful.

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