I became a little distracted over the holiday season. It turned out a lot busier that I thought it was going to be and the blog sort of got away from me.
For the first week or so we had visitors, or went visiting, every day. Then my OH had a couple of meetings due early in the new year and thought it would be good to take some time to give the office a bit of a tidy, which turned into a full scale re-decorating and re-organising job. It did need it though; one of us is very untidy…
Finally with everything decorated and sorted, I was looking forward to that new year feeling of ‘a whole new year ahead, I have a blank canvas to work with’ and starting a few new projects, when I inadvertently drank some wine which had been fined with milk proteins and became quite ill, from one glass!
For the lay-people among us, this is a process which clears the wine of suspended solids and also reduces any bitterness and odours from it. Producers can use, amongst other things, milk proteins and egg whites. Generally not a problem for most people unless you are sensitive to these proteins. I did not buy this wine, it was a gift, so did not think about checking the label. I have got out of the habit of checking wine labels as I know which ones I can and cannot drink and which ones I can tolerate even though they do carry an allergy advice warning (I like playing with fire!). It used to be the belief that so little of the proteins were left after filtering that the effect on people with sensitivities or allergies was negligible. This later changed and the wine producers were required to state on their label any such allergens. I’m not sure if this is the case in all countries, but it is here.
As a very quick and dirty list,
if you have any problems with milk or egg proteins you should stay clear of:
Hardys – all their wines contain these two proteins as far as I can tell
Reynella Homestead Cabernet Shiraz
McGuigan, Reserve Cabernet – and probably others
Banrock Station – These wines do contain the proteins but I must say that I have drank them without too much of a problem.
Egg and Milk protein free:
Yellow tail Shiraz
Lindens Bin 50 Shiraz
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet
and finally, just as an aside, Sainsbury’s do an egg and milk free but also a low sulphite wine in their SO Organic range that I understand is very good.
This is not by any means a comprehensive list and as they say, ingredients and manufacturing processes are all subject to change. Please do not take my word that these wines will be okay for you and always check labels before buying or drinking any of these wines.
And yes, I do see the irony in the above statement!
It took a full 36 hours for the full nasty gastric effects of this glass of wine to wear off and another 12 hours or so to feel almost back to normal as far as energy levels and general feeling of wellbeing was concerned. It will probably take another day or two for everything as a whole to be back on an even keel. So, if you are feeling particularly unwell after a night out, it may be more than just the alcohol that did it!
Hopefully, with all that behind me, I can at last start to fill in some of the gaps in my blank canvas of a new year (after filing the tax returns!).
I have been knitting, as usual, and have this to show you.
My latest design project which I finished a few days ago. I will have some more details along with some better pictures when it stops raining and I have more light to take them in. I am working on writing up the pattern but it is a few weeks away yet as I have some tax to attend to …
a belated – Happy New Year!