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|Sunday| Allergy to red wine?

Posted in Food, People, Vinum Vine by Vinum Vine on January 14, 2018

A very interesting post from https://www.aaaai.org/ask-the-expert/anaphylaxis-to-grapes

Q:

4/30/2012
I have been seeing a 34 year old female who had a nebulous history of allergic reactions to red wine. RAST tests to grape were negative as were prick-prick tests to grape, white wine, red wine, and grape juice. However, she had anaphylaxis in the clinic after receiving 5 mL of red grape juice. She required epinephrine and ED evaluation. She is now instructed to avoid grapes and all grape products, including wine but not sure what to tell her about future alcohol ingestion, as not sure if reactions secondary to grape proteins or another component of wine/grape juice (i.e. sulfites). Please advise. 

A:

Thank you for your inquiry.

As you can see from the references and abstracts copied below, there is a moderate amount of literature (albeit case reports) regarding anaphylaxis to grape/wine. Causes have ranged from insect sting parts contained in the grape product (in this case, wine) (see New England Journal article copied below) to allergens contained within the grapes, and finally, in some instances, to no discernible allergen or to excipients. Thus the mechanism(s) of production can be highly variable. This of course presents a diagnostic dilemma, since in the majority of instances an oral challenge is the only way to identify the culprit.

Obviously your suggestion to avoid grapes and grape products is appropriate. However, I would doubt that she needed to avoid alcohol per se since the reaction she experienced in your office was to grape juice. It would also be doubtful that she would need to avoid sulfites, but you did not mention whether sulfites were contained within the grape juice preparation to which she was challenged. Metabisulfite reactions are, for the most part, purely respiratory in nature, and would be very unlikely to occur to such a small amount (5 mL) of a liquid containing metabisulfites. If there were cutaneous manifestations (hives), I think the odds would be strongly against a reaction to sulfites.

Unfortunately, the only definitive way to answer these questions is to do a challenge. Whether or not to do a challenge to alcohol I believe would be entirely dependent upon how strongly she wished to continue to drink non-grape-containing alcoholic beverages.

Unfortunately, alcohol products may contain small amounts of sulfites (usually less than 10 parts per million), and this level does not require labeling.

In summary, there is no definitive way to answer your questions regarding sulfites and other alcoholic beverages other than to perform a challenge. But from what you have described, I think it would be likely she could drink other alcoholic beverages, and that it is unlikely that sulfites are the culprit.

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|Sunday| K-beauty

Posted in Art, Design, Vinum Vine by Vinum Vine on January 14, 2018

Just saw this product.  Look and be marvel at “grape stem cell”.  What does a grape “stem” cell look like?  Definitely not something  located inside a grape berry which you eat.  A stem cell in human is like a meristem in a grape plant – where it give rise to various organs of a plant.  Now why would you want to rub a meristem on your face?

Farm Stay Grape Stem cell Korean Beauty products

What does a meristem actually do?  Here is what it does, on a Petri dish.  Very amazing indeed.

Grape micropagation protocol

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Two of my favorite posts from 2012:  Caudalie and grape anatomy.

|Sunday| Only in Australia

Posted in Food, Vinum Vine by Vinum Vine on January 7, 2018

Australian vineyards and kangaroos

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Stand still…very still… Now you see me, now you don’t.

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|Sunday| Takestan

Posted in Food, Vinum Vine by Vinum Vine on January 7, 2018

Takestan Iran Grapes
Takestan, Iran

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|Sunday| Arizona Grapes

Posted in Food, Vinum Vine, Wine by Vinum Vine on January 7, 2018

Arizona Grapes by Teresa Riley

Tiny grapes, green, crunchy, sour, and thick skins.

Arizona Grapes

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|Sunday| Muscadine varieties

Posted in Food, Vinum Vine, Wine by Vinum Vine on January 7, 2018

Vitis rotundifolia

From North Carolina to Delaware, Texas to Tennessee, these grapes are thick skin, and rich in polyphenols.

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|Sunday| The next big thing…

Posted in Design, Food, Vinum Vine by Vinum Vine on January 7, 2018

Giant red grapes

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|Sunday| Wild animals

Posted in Food, Vinum Vine by Vinum Vine on January 7, 2018

Whip snake eating grapes

Squirrel eating a grape

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|Sunday| Stephen Webster

Posted in Design, People, Vinum Vine by Vinum Vine on January 7, 2018

Stephen Webster Earrings and Ring

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|Saturday| India Wine Regions

Posted in Food, People, Vinum Vine, Wine by Vinum Vine on January 6, 2018

India Wine Map

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|Saturday| Mickey Mivu

Posted in Design, People, Vinum Vine, Wine by Vinum Vine on January 6, 2018

What type of wine goes into these wine glasses?

Mickey Mivu Wine glasses

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|Tuesday| Vinome

Posted in Design, Food, Vinum Vine, Wine by Vinum Vine on January 2, 2018

Three geneticists walk into a Bay Area wine bar.  This may sound like a setup for a classic joke, but that’s more or less how Vinome, a Healdsburg, California based wine club, was founded.  The twist?  They use DNA and taste preferences to recommend wines.

“We are hardcore science nerds whose day jobs involve serious health issues,” explains Shannon Kieran, a Scottsdale native who founded Vinome with five other partners.  “But we’re all wine fans.”  We thought: “Wouldn’t it be cool if we could predict wines we liked based on genetics?”

Vinome makes wine suggestions based on your DNA analysis for taste.  Your profile might be a “Vibrant Grove,” embodying flavors that are crisp and citrusy; or a “Bing Is King,” leaning toward earthy, cherry notes in reds.  Once you get your profile, you can make selections from Vinome’s online store or join the curated wine club.

Vinome DNA Test Kit Genetic Wine Preferences Profile“We partner with boutique wineries in California, Washington, and Oregon,” says Kieran, who has her master’s in human genetics from the University of Arizona.  “For our wine club, the selection is more exclusive, limited-batch wines.”

Kieran, naturally, took the test herself and was surprised with her results.  “I thought I was just a white-wine drinker until I tried my red wine suggestions.  This is a way to explore more wines.”  Helix DNA kit and Vinome results $110.

The Vinome Team
Nora Burba Trulsson | Scottsdale Jan/Feb 2018 – ModernLuxury.com

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|Tuesday| Happy New Year!

Posted in Vinum Vine by Vinum Vine on January 2, 2018

Happy New Year 2018 Vinum Vine

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|Monday| Enolora

Posted in Architecture and Interior Design, Vinum Vine by Vinum Vine on December 25, 2017

Italy

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|Monday| Marion

Posted in Architecture and Interior Design, Design, Vinum Vine by Vinum Vine on December 25, 2017

Marion Wine Bar IF Architecture
IF Architecture |Melbourne

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|Monday| Humphrey Bogart

Posted in People, Vinum Vine by Vinum Vine on December 25, 2017

“The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.”

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|Monday| Last Christmas…

Posted in Art, Vinum Vine by Vinum Vine on December 25, 2017

Santa Christmas Wine

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|Monday| Merry Christmas!

Posted in Wine by Vinum Vine on December 25, 2017

Christmas wine by the fireplace

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|Sunday| Wine Palace

Posted in Architecture and Interior Design, Vinum Vine, Wine by Vinum Vine on November 26, 2017

The Wine Palace Monaco
Monaco

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|Wednesday| Barco

Posted in Design, Vinum Vine, Wine by Vinum Vine on November 16, 2017

Barco Malbec wine design 2015

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