Does anyone know what common ingredient (other than alcohol) might be in Amber Woodchuck Draft Cider and Kendall Jackson Chardonnay that would NOT be in merlot or white cabernet? I had a severe allergic reaction within 10 minutes of drinking the cider on Friday and the chardonnay on Saturday at the event this weekend. As those who saw me can attest, I looked like a sunburn victim. My nose itched. My hands and face swelled. It was not pretty. Both incidents resolved with time and benadryl.
Oddly enough, I’ve had both products on previous occasions with no ill effects whatsoever. I also experienced no reaction at all to the merlot I drank on the day before, and the white cabernet I drank on the the day after. I suspect it might be sulfites, since I’m also allergic to sulfa-based antibiotics. But come on — sulfites are used as preservatives in almost everything these days, I’ve enjoyed many different brands and varieties of wines in the past with no ill effect, and this was a very rapid and extreme reaction. Clues, anyone?