While some people think of the warm weather and lean in to summertime as the season of barbecues and cookouts, for me, it means the beginning of winery season. So when I planned to visit four different wineries in the Finger Lakes region I knew I needed something to beat that after-wine headache that always hits me on the Uber ride home.
Like most of my dilemmas, I knew there had to be some sort of product online that could help me out. I typed in "wine drops" on Amazon because I had heard there are some products out there that you can drop into your glass of wine to solve any headaches that come along with a day of drinking, so I went ahead and purchased a pack of two Drop It wine drops bottles for $20.
The description explains that the drops work in just 20 seconds and help to remove some of the sulfites and tannins from your wine. Besides sugar content, tannins are one of the main reasons you might suffer from a headache after drinking some wine, Vinepair explains, and tannins are compounds found in grape skins, seeds, and stems, and ultimately, your glass of wine. I don't typically opt for super-sweet wines but figured it wouldn't hurt to try out some of these drops as I made my way through different tastings (and bottles shared between friends, of course).
During my day I did three different wine tastings that included four-to-five glasses each and shared bottles at all four winery stops (....for research), so it's safe to say I was drinking enough wine to get that familiar headache and after-wine fatigue. I used the drops throughout the tastings and in the fully poured glasses we shared (admittedly I didn't use them in every single glass I drank!) and think they totally worked. The dropper is small enough to fit in a purse or your pocket making it discreet enough that none of the servers at the wineries were giving me strange looks as I added the drops to my glass.
On the ride home—which is typically where I would start feeling iffy—I felt totally fine. The only thing I'd done differently this winery-packed day was use the Drop It drops. I mixed wines, reds, sparklings, and rosés and used the drops and they didn't change the color or flavor of any of them. Even after a full day of wine tours, my Drop It bottle is still full and I will absolutely be bringing it along for any and all of my upcoming activities that include drinking copious amounts of wine...which, honestly, is probably a lot of them.
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