We’ve all heard the saying Champagne goes with everything, and while we definitely agree, the experts who told you that were only telling you half the story! That’s because drinking sparkling wine can be more than just an enjoyable experience—it’s also great for your health! However, there are some things that will block your body from absorbing the full benefits of this beautiful beverage, so keep on reading to learn about 10 surprising things that can stop you from drinking SPARKLING Wine!
1) You prefer still wine
If you enjoy sparkling wine, but find that it makes you sneeze or gives you a headache, there may be another reason for your discomfort: You’re probably allergic to sulfur dioxide (SO2), which is used to make many wines sparkle. Allergies to SO2 are very common; most people are at least slightly sensitive to it, says Joseph Breslin, DO, medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York.
2) It feels like cheating on your favorite vino
If you’re one of those people who needs a glass of wine to kick off your night, then sparkling wine might be your go-to. But there’s more than just taste that makes bubbles so great. For starters, it’s lower in alcohol content than other types of wines (that is, if you stick with dry varieties), which means it doesn’t take as much for you to get tipsy or drunk. And while some studies have shown red wine may help prevent heart disease and improve cholesterol levels in men, there are no such proven benefits from drinking bubbly—so don’t feel guilty about indulging every once in a while!
3) A fun time turned into getting sick
There’s nothing quite like a gulp of champagne to perk up your spirits and make you feel like celebrating. But if you notice your beverage bubbling over or producing an unpleasant foam, don’t rush to pour yourself another glass. Bad champagne can result in more than a hangover; it can even cause headaches and other unpleasant symptoms. Here are some common problems with wine that are easy to avoid—and what to do if you experience them anyway
4) Needed to mix with club soda/tonic water
Club soda or tonic water is typically made from natural ingredients. If you are lactose intolerant, you can’t drink club soda and tonic as it typically contains small amounts of lactose. But, according to a few sources, club soda actually contains less than 1 mg of lactose per serving, making it generally safe for most people who are lactose intolerant.
5) Not enough bubbles for you
I don’t mean to burst your bubble (pun definitely intended), but if you want that fizzy feeling you get when drinking sparkling wine, it’s probably not going to be an option. Perversely, there are two types of wines that won’t give you that bubbly feeling: champagnes and cava.
6) The color was unappealing
In a blind taste test of young white wines, whites with red or green tints scored lowest. They just didn’t look appealing at all, says University of Bordeaux researcher Grégory Germain. The solution: Serve your wine in clear glasses to let its true color shine through (and make sure you remove any lipstick marks before pouring!).
7) Felt like a waste of money
Ever had a bottle of your favorite bubbly that seemed to lose its fizz before you could finish it? Well, it turns out you’re not alone. Many sparkling wines are made in a traditional method—which is to say they undergo secondary fermentation in bottles where they spend anywhere between 6 months and 1 year maturing. During that time, carbon dioxide is created by yeast (and trapped) which creates pressure within each bottle.
8) Wasn’t enjoying the flavor profile
There’s nothing worse than thinking you’re going to enjoy a glass of wine and then not. First, don’t pour your sparkling wine into a glass made for champagne; sparkling wines and champagnes aren’t exactly tasting like each other. Next, avoid overfilling your flute by pouring away from yourself so that you get a perfect inch-high layer of bubbles in your glass.
9) Other people don’t know how to serve it correctly
Despite popular belief, there’s no one way to serve sparkling wine. If you like your bubbly served cold, it can be held in a flute or a coupe glass just like any other type of white wine. Pro tip: if you’re not going to drink it right away, chill sparkling wine in an ice bucket with some water. It’ll have less foam when you pour and your glass will be less full—you can drink more glasses! (Not that we’re encouraging overindulgence…)
10) Most important reason – No good reason
Alcoholism isn’t funny. It’s a disease that affects millions of people, both directly and indirectly, including family members, friends, co-workers and even doctors. As if it wasn’t bad enough that alcoholics have to battle their own cravings every day, they also have to deal with being unfairly stigmatized. Most everyone has made jokes about drunks at some point or another. But there’s really nothing funny about it.