When it comes to basic wine pairings, white goes with seafood and pork, and red goes with meat and allergy medication. It turns out, if red wine leaves you with a throbbing headache, the alcohol might not be to blame.
Some people are allergic to sulfites and amines, two compounds found in red wine. If you're sensitive to sulfites — a preservative added to keep bacteria from spoiling the wine — you might try uncorking natural or organic wines instead.
Wine contains two specific amines: histamine and tyramine, that dilate and constrict blood vessels in your head. So if you're prone to pounding headaches with your pinot noir, taking a nondrowsy allergy pill could "tame the allergic reaction" that's happening in your head.
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