Winemakers Can Legally Add 60 Additives Including Sugar

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    May 26, 2017 1:29 PM GMT
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    NYT: Winemakers employ a range of techniques to achieve desired properties and flavor profiles. The addition of sulfites, used as a preservative, must be listed on the label in order to notify individuals who might be allergic, yet more than 60 different additives can legally be used without being disclosed.

    With regard to sugar, regulations vary by state. In California, for instance, added sugar is not allowed at any point in the winemaking process. There, winemakers may rely on unfermented grape juice to tweak the sweetness.

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    May 27, 2017 6:39 AM GMT
    I think there's a notion in conventional winemaking that wine tastes in a certain way, so chemicals and additives is the easy way to control the process.
    Hipsters are going for natural wine (no additives or sulfites whatsoever) these days. it can be a little hard to come by, but a rise in demand could get more of it on the shelves.
    I have a friend who drinks mostly natural wine now, and he says that it doesn't give him as much hangovers as conventional wine would.