Find out if wine has gluten, if it’s safe for a gluten-free diet, if your favorites are gluten-free, and what brands to look for.
Do you love kicking back with a glass of wine after a long day? Or ordering a glass of wine with dinner when you go out to eat? If you’re just getting started with a gluten-free diet, you may be wondering if wine is gluten-free.
When it comes to choosing foods and drinks on a gluten-free diet, there are a lot of things to consider. You have to know what ingredients to look for and know which brands are safe. If you drink wine, you may be wondering if some wine is gluten free while others aren’t.
In this post, we’re going to clear up all your answers related to following a gluten-free diet and enjoying wine. Let’s answer the question “is wine gluten-free?” once and for all.
This post is part of the Gluten-free Alcohol Series, where we’re going to discuss different types of alcoholic drinks and how they fit into a gluten-free diet.
What is wine made of?
Wine is made from grape juice that has been fermented over time. This fermentation process turns the sugars from the grape juice into alcohol, leaving wine to be enjoyed.
Most wine is made from grape juice, but wine can also be made from the juice of other fruit, or a combination of grape juice and other fruit juices.
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in most wheat products, and acts as the “glue” that helps to hold wheat, barley, kamut, spelt, farro, durum, bulgur, rye, and semolina together to maintain their shape.
Gluten is naturally occurring, and therefore is impossible to strip away from the grain. If a grain naturally has gluten in it, there’s no way to make that food gluten-free.
Is wine gluten free?
Since wine is made using grapes and grape juice, we can be sure that as long as no other flavorings or additives are added to it, that it is gluten-free and safe for a gluten-free diet.
Does wine have gluten?
According to Decanter, gluten can sneak its way into a bottle of wine from wheat paste used to seal wine barrels. However, “most wines contain fewer than 20 parts per million gluten, which is a legal requirement in the UK and the US for food to be labelled as gluten free.”
If you have a gluten sensitivity, you won’t have to worry about this much, assuming you can handle other foods with a gluten-free label. If you are celiac, you may need to search for specific gluten-free wines that don’t use this wheat paste for sealing (it’s supposedly not used as often as it used to be).
Use your best judgement as it relates to you and your body.
Is red wine gluten-free?
Red wine is considered to be gluten-free as it is made from grapes and no gluten-containing grains. As long as the wine has not had any additional flavorings added to it, you can feel confident it’s gluten-free.
Is white wine gluten-free?
White wine is gluten-free and safe to enjoy on a gluten-free diet. Look for wine with no added flavors or sweeteners to be sure it’s truly gluten-free. Most wine you’ll find on a shelf at the store will be safe for you to drink.
Is champagne gluten-free?
Champagne is naturally gluten-free, as it’s made from grapes and yeast. The first ferment turns the grape juice into wine, while the second ferment adds yeast and allows the signature bubbles to form.
Without any gluten-containing grains, champagne is safe to enjoy on a gluten-free diet.
There are thousands of brands of wine available, so choose any that you love when searching for a gluten-free wine option. Look for something cheap at the grocery store or something fancy from your local wine shop.
You can be sure that almost everything on the market is going to be safe for you if you have a gluten sensitivity.
What wine is gluten-free?
So many people have asked about specific brands of wine, so I thought I’d share a few popular wine brands you can find at grocery stores and note if they are safe for a gluten-free diet.
Is Barefoot wine gluten-free?
Yes, Barefoot wine is considered gluten-free, including their spritzers and Fruitscatos.
Is Yellow Tail wine gluten-free?
You can safely enjoy the Yellow Tail wine brand as a gluten-free option.
Is Sutter Home wine gluten-free?
Sutter Home is safe to enjoy on your gluten-free diet.
Is Beringer wine gluten-free?
Beringer wine is a safe gluten-free wine option.
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As you can see, wine is a great gluten-free option for an alcoholic beverage if you choose to add it to your diet. Remember that if you are looking at wine coolers or other wine beverages that have had flavorings added, to check that those additives are also gluten-free.
If you’re following a gluten-free diet, I hope that this information has been helpful for you. With any other food when sticking with a gluten-free diet, do your research just to be sure before you purchase.