Celiac Alert: Is Your Wine Cross Contaminated With Gluten?
In an attempt to categorize which alcoholic beverages were celiac safe I emailed the major alcoholic beverage corporations. The response that I received from Constellation Brands shocked me.
Thank you for taking the time to contact us at CONSTELLATION BRANDS Consumer Relations. We appreciate hearing from you.
Our main objective is to produce quality products that satisfy our customers. We are pleased that you find CONSTELLATION BRANDS enjoyable.
We purchase our barrels from many different cooperages. As a result, some of our barrels may have been sealed with wheat paste. Where one’s health is of a concern, we always recommend that you consult with your physician.
Customers like you are certainly a pleasure and we thank you for your support. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you as a valued customer.
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What? I have always read and been told that out of all alcoholic beverages wine was safe. I now know the reason for my stomach upset, headaches, and strange occurrences of passing out before I finish my first glass. I have been ingesting gluten.
I emailed them again for further clarification as to which of their brands specifically were aged in barrels containing wheat paste. This was their response.
Most of our white and red wines for many of our brands are either fermented and/or aged in oak barrels. There is one brand of wines, Simply Naked, that is produced without the use of oak barrels:
These wines are deliciously fruit-forward and display the natural essence of the specific varietal.
Check the following retailers in your area:
Food Lion Store
6425 Iron Bridge Rd
Martins Food Market
5201 Chippenham Crossing Ctr
Total Wine & More
10036 Robious Rd
Please check with the store manager(s) to see if they can order the product for you from their distributor.
I hope this information is helpful.
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It IS nice to know that Constellation has a wine option still available to me, but I wish I had known of the gluten contaminated brands sooner.
The brands of wine made by the Constellation Group are:
Clos Du Bois
The Dreaming Tree
Hayman & Hill
The Hogue Cellars
Le Clos Jordanne
Mount Veeder Winery
NK MIP Cellars
Ooh La La Wine’s New Style
The People’s Wine
HRM Rex Goliath
Robert Mondavi Private Selection
Selaks premium Selection
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery
Woodbridge By Robert Mondavi
Vaca Rio Vaca Vineyards
Wild Horse Winery and Vineyards
Additional American Wines:
3 Blind Moose
Italian Swiss Colony
Taylor California Cellars
Specific to Australia:
Emu Wine Company
Notre Vin Maison
Vin de Italie
Rose Tree Cottage
I have emailed the company a third time explaining that I am wanting to get this information correct and clearly stated to the public as it is of concern to the health of celiacs and the gluten intolerant. I have waited a few days and gotten no response. I will update this post as soon as I get a reply.