What Does “Contains Sulfites” Mean?

Answers to frequently asked questions about sulfites in wine What are sulfites? Sulfite describes forms of sulfur (sulfur dioxide, for example, or sodium sulfite or sulfate) that are present in wine. Sulfur is a nonmetallic element that is very common in nature and is, in fact, essential to life itself. Sulfur has been used since ancient times for many purposes, including the cleaning of wine receptacles by both Egyptians and Romans. Sulfur has been a food additive since the 17th century and approved for such in the United States as long ago as the 1800s. Sulfites are currently used [...]

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Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio

This member of the family Pinot (so named because their grape clusters resemble small pine cones) lies – in color, flavor and aroma – between the “white” Pinot (Blanc) and the “black” Pinot (Noir). The name comes literally as a mix of the others’ two colors. Gris means “grey” in French; Grigio, the same in Italian. But the name “Pinot Gris” is merely semantic. In truth, Pinot Blanc’s grapes ripen to a soft yellow-green; Pinot Noir’s, to a deep blue-black; and Pinot Gris’, to a color somewhere in between magenta and (oh, yeah) hot pink. Where it grows Widely [...]

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