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|Wednesday| Japanese bonsai – Part II

Posted in Design, Food, Vinum Vine by Vinum Vine on January 24, 2018

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Bonsai (盆栽) means tray planting.

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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


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. 


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| Only in Australia

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

Australian vineyards and kangaroos

Avstraliya kangaroos və üzüm bağları
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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|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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|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
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|Friday| Chil-jeol-pan

Posted in Food, Vinum Vine by Vinum Vine on January 1, 2016


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|Saturday| Le Meurice

Posted in Food, Vinum Vine by Vinum Vine on August 29, 2015

Le Meurice, Paris France


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|Friday| Finger foods

Posted in Food, Vinum Vine by Vinum Vine on August 10, 2012

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