I love wine. I don’t drink wine to get drunk; I drink wine because I love the taste & the experience the flavor lends to a good meal. When I first started the gluten-free diet over six years ago, I mourned the passing of my beloved Amstel Light, but was somewhat comforted with the fact that wine was gluten-free, or so I had been told.
Fast forward a few years and I began to hear rumors on the internet of some wine potentially containing gluten! NO! The rumor was that some winemakers coated the insides of barrels with wheat-based paste or material. I could never find any concrete information to back this up, and I wasn’t getting sick when I drank wine, so I left it be.
As I was catching up on Twitter the other day, I ran across a discussion on the Udi’s community page about this very topic. Alta, of Tasty Eats at Home, mentions an article where this is discussed further, which I found helpful. It seems the general consensus is that gluten is not used in winemaking and the barrel-coating process is “old school”, therefore making wine safe for those following the gluten-free diet. Of course if there is any concern, a call can be placed to the manufacturer.
What has been your experience? Do you drink wine? Have you had any gluten-like reaction from drinking wine?
****Update: An excellent article written by Peter Bronski on this topic. Make sure to check it out!
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