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Pesticides/Herbicides/Fungicides... The traditional knowledge popularized since WWII has been that you can't live without 'em. Used in all areas of agricultural production, treatment with strong and largely experimental chemicals has been status quo. Nowadays we're beginning to realize you can't live [a full, healthy, or responsible life] with 'em.  Image Courtesy: A recent study by the EXCELL Laboratory in Bordeaux has found pesticides or fungicides in 90% of 2009 and 2010 wines tested. Ranging from a single type of chemical compound to up to nine unique chemicals, there is damning evidence of mismanagement in the vineyard.  "Vineyards represent just 3%...

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Sulfites are a big subject of discussion in the wine world. While they're essential to winemaking and give wine its shelf life, they're demonized for wine related headaches to rashes, shortness of breath and a range of other ailments.  It's commonly thought that sulfites are the primary cause of headaches when drinking wine. This may be true for a tiny percentage of people but it's been largely disproven. Tannins, Alcohol, Latent Histamine  and even the placebo effect are all more likely culprits.  The truth is that the jury is still out on the total health effects of sulfites. They're used in...

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