Darius Miller

Wine Headache? Blame the Sulfites

Headache or Hangover? Many of us have been there, you wake up the next morning a little foggy with a headache – it must be the sulfites in that bottle of wine, right? Everyone says it – so it must be true – and the internet never lies. While it might make you feel better to blame the sulfites, it probably isn’t the case according to Frederick Freitag. He is the associate director of Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago and…

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A “Sticky” Problem – SOLVED

At Koi Zen Cellars, we are constantly trying to make the world a better place.  One way we can do this is to reduce our impact on Mother Nature by using sustainable practices such as our wines on tap (directly from the barrel) and refilling your clean empty wine bottles. However, we want to do even more. We are so excited to introduce our newest sustainability practice at Koi Zen. Together, we can accomplish our mission and make the world…

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How to PROPERLY Age Wine:

One day you find a great Koi Zen Cellars wine that you just love and want to age it a little but you don’t know for how long until it peaks. All wine buyers face this issue but we have a proven solution. The worst thing you can do is to buy a great bottle of wine and hold on to it too long, waiting for that special occasion only to have the bottle not be up to par. Some…

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Those Little Yeasties

As the days get hotter, the harvest gets closer and the more a winemaker starts thinking about making wine. The first step to making quality wine is to start with good fruit – fruit that is ripe, undamaged, proper terroir and has the right balance of acids, sugars, and is mature. The grower is busy making sure the fruit is protected from the sun, bugs, rot, mold, mildew, critters and hydration and the winemaker is planning his strategies. The basic…

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ast week we talked about how sulfites probably aren’t causing your headache – so what causes them? The #1 reason people get headaches is due to dehydration; most people are chronically dehydrated, to begin with, and alcohol speeds up the process. The general rule of thumb is one adult beverage – one glass of water and always drink responsibly. Some people, however, get headaches from wine after only a sip or two – what causes that? These headaches are not…

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Sulfites – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

“Contains Sulfites” – this little phrase cases a lot of concern and confusion – most of which is inaccurate. ulfites are a naturally occurring molecule that forms in your body and in many foods such as grapes. Sulfites are a natural antimicrobial and help prevent spoilage. Sulfites are widely used in the food industry and as a general sanitizer. Wine without sulfites quickly turns to vinegar. At the winery, I use a mixture of Potassium Magnesium Sulfate (sulfites) and Citric…

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