If the above sounds grotesque, you may need to get used to it. Egg whites, fish protein and milk are commonly used in alcohol beverages. New allergen rules may require much more frequent disclosure, on many more labels in the near future. TTB’s qualification says “The disclosure of allergens used in this product is voluntary, pending final rulemaking (See Notice No. 62, 71 FR 42329).”
Chardonnay with Eggs and a Bit of Fish Protein
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Will this be required or optional? How soon?
Arthur, winesooth.com says
This is so silly.
Milk has been used to clarify whites for ages. Casein forms a complex with tannins from too-new barrels that precipitates and 8does not remain in the wine*
The same goes for isinglass.
All these things fall out of the solution before bottling.
fredric koeppel says
Exactly, Arthur, the wine does not “contain” egg whites, isinglass and milk. this is an example of preemptive political correctness.
I know that some of you may think that labeling these bottles is “silly” but I think that it’s a wonderful idea. Whether or not it “contains” these ingredients or the ingredients were simply used as part of the process, there are many people, like myself, who won’t drink or eat anything that involves killing animals, big or small. Isinglass is derived from fish bladders and personally I don’t agree with that. I’m not trying to preach by any means but what might seem “silly” to you may mean something to someone else. So bring on the labels :o)