What’s the deal with wine sneezes?

Picture this: It’s a Saturday night. You are curled up on the couch enjoying a glass of wine or and iced cold beer. Suddenly, it happens…you start sneezing!

If you are one of many people who gets wine or beer “sneezes”, here are some of the reasons why…

A sudden onset of sneezes following a glass of vino or a beer may mean you are histamine intolerant. Most people are able to metabolize the histamines found in some of our favorite beverages, but if you are sensitive to histamines, this may be more difficult for your body to do!

Histamine is produced by yeast and bacteria during fermentation. In addition to histamine, sulfites can be found in wine and beer, which may also irritate allergies for some people.  Alcohol is not the only category of food/drink that can affect allergies in this way. If this sound like you or someone you know, be sure to be mindful of foods like aged cheese, bread, and other fermented products like cider that can contain histamines as well.

While this may sound like an allergic reaction, these types of reactions to wine or beer actually have more to do with your immune system. There are things you can do to help limit your response. For example, red wine contains a much higher percentage of histamines when compared to white varieties, so choose wisely if wine sneezes are known to put a damper on your evening.

The good news is, simple wine sneezes are nothing to be concerned about if the symptoms are mild.

Of course, seek the input from a physician if you notice that your wine or beer sneezes persist!

If you are wine sneeze prone, never fear! Here at Bill’s Package Store, even though our wine selection is amazing, we ofter a huge selection and variety with you in mind! Come see us on Ft. Campbell Blvd. in Clarksville, TN. Our helpful staff would be happy to help you find the perfect cocktail fixin’s just right for you!


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