Wine Fog

Fog Zinfandel
Fog Zinfandel

The are several things that come to mind when ‘wine fog’ is mentioned.  We could be referring to the Summer months, up and down the California coast, when the fog shows a familiar cycle of rolling in over the land, often about 5 or 6pm, then rolling back out anywhere between 9am to Noon the next morning. This natural cooling and limiting of the sun’s effect is critical to the slow maturation of our grapes. Without this cycle grapes would ripen too fast and not have the time let flavors develop.  That’s a ‘wine fog’.

Another version of a ‘wine fog’ is something we hate to admit but all wine drinkers have experienced at one time or another.  This type of ‘wine fog’ is that feeling after having over-indulged, the lethargic, sand-paper mouth, fuzzy head, achy body, foggy feeling.  Admit it…………we have all been there but there are steps to take to avoid this type of ‘wine fog’……..

  1. Drink water
    One of the main reasons for a hangover is dehydration. Therefore, if you drink at least as much water as wine, you’re off to a good start. Lots of water just before going to bed is also a good plan. Eating while drinking massively reduces the absorption of alcohol, and milk really does line the stomach (although this is not necessarily a good pairing with wine-maybe a Brandy Alexander as a night cap?)
  2. Do certain wines may make it worse….?  In essence, the answer to this is yes, but it varies from person to person. With wine, if people are particularly headache-prone, many will report that they suffer far worse headaches from red wines than white. This isn’t just anecdotal; there is a scientific reason – the headaches are caused by a reaction to certain chemical substances found in black grape skins. However, it doesn’t apply to everyone. Certain people are also particularly sensitive to sulphur dioxide, an anti-oxidising agent added to just about all wines in an attempt to keep them fresh.

Wine fog is nothing to be embarrassed about, it happens to the best of us, speaking of embarrassed there is another interesting wine phenomena effect.  The “wine flush” this has to do with how we metabolize alcohol. Alcohol is absorbed through the stomach and small intestine. About 10 percent is eliminated by the kidneys, lungs, and sweat glands, but the rest is dealt with in the liver by two enzymes: alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH). It’s this second enzyme (ALDH) that is missing (or low) in up to 50 percent of Asian people, and is not present at all in most Native Americans and Inuits. People with less ALDH will often flush and sweat after drinking alcohol, and if their quantities of the enzyme are quite low, they may also become ill after drinking even small amounts of alcohol.  Recent studies also suggest women have fewer of these enzymes than men.

The wine flush ranges from a light pink to a deep red purple in our wine drinking experience, and for many it’s embarrassing, which is why we mention it and looked into it, there may be a cure for it.  Taking a Pepcid AC tablet before or during drinking, significantly reduced or may even eliminated ‘wine flush. ‘

After a few highly scientific tests, we have found that it really does work. How it works is a mystery that won’t be solved here. Pepcid AC contains Famotidine. According to, “Famotidine is a histamine-2 receptor blocker, or H2-blocker. It works in the stomach on a pump that releases hydrochloric acid when stimulated by histamine. Famotidine prevents histamine from stimulating this pump, thereby reducing the amount of acid that is released into the stomach.  Perhaps it not as important why it works, just that it does.

Fog Zinfandel is our top pick and is available through: Order it, Enjoy it, just keep yourself out of the ‘wine fog’.

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