Using Vinami For Wine Intolerance

Wine Intolerance Triggers

Whether you know it as wine allergy, wine intolerance, wine sensitivity, red wine headache, or white wine headache – the problem of wine intolerance has the same origin. Wine intolerance is caused as a result of your body’s inability to effectively metabolize specific naturally occurring compounds in wine.

Sulfites, phenolic compounds (tannins), aldehydes, prostaglandins, histamines, tyramine, and miscellaneous congeners (fusel oils, methanol, acetone) are the compounds that may trigger wine intolerance symptoms. The compounds come from the grape itself or are produced during fermentation and aging.

Wine Intolerance Symptoms

Wine Intolerance can trigger a number of adverse symptoms. The unique pattern of reactions that you experience will depend on the combination of these wine compounds.

How Common Is Wine Intolerance

A German study from 2012 concluded that approximately 9% of women and 5% of men suffer from wine intolerance. The incidence of wine intolerance in the US appears to be slightly higher (~3% for both men and women) – probably because of higher exposure to environmental chemicals and food additives in this country.1,2

Food/Environmental Sensitivity Connections

It is rare to have significant wine intolerance and not, also, have intolerance to food and environmental compounds. This is because same chemical compounds that you react to in wine are also found in the food you eat and the air you breath!

As your wine intolerance becomes less, your reactions to certain foods and smells in your environment should also decrease.

Note: Reactions to wine are commonly referred to as “wine allergy” though they are not a true allergic reaction and are more accurately called wine intolerance.

Symptoms of Wine Intolerance

Wine Intolerance can trigger a number of adverse symptoms. The unique pattern of reactions that you experience will depend on the combination of these wine compounds.

Wine Intolerance Triggers
Wine Intolerance Symptoms

Taking Vinami

Standard Protocol
The ideal way to take Vinami is to reproduce the clinical study by taking two capsules twice a day for a month and then one capsule twice a day for two weeks. After the first six weeks you can experiment to see if you only need one capsule a day to maintain your wine tolerance. This protocol gives you the best chance (~85%) of experiencing relief from your wine intolerance.

Most people will see a significant – even complete – resolution of their wine intolerance after 2 weeks of taking Vinami. Following the Standard Protocol is especially important if you also have food and/or environmental sensitivity.

Accelerated Protocol
If you don’t have food and/or environmental sensitivity, you probably only need to take two capsules twice a day for the first two weeks. This pattern represents a less severe and complicated form of wine intolerance and won’t require as much Vinami to improve your wine tolerance. You certainly have the option to begin by taking one capsule twice a day, but the improvement in wine tolerance may take longer and/or be less complete.

You can experiment with a lower dosage once you see the benefit from Vinami that you want. Most people find that 1 capsule once or twice a day works well.

Message In A Bottle

Find out what wine intolerance tells you about your health. The same chemicals that you react to in wine are in your food and the air you breath. Use our six installment educational program to learn what symptoms you experience day by day that are due to chemical intolerance and what to do to be free of them troubling you.

The Six Installment Chemical Intolerance Mini-course

Don’t Forget Your Family

Wine intolerance is typically due to genetic predisposition. This is why Vinami is not a cure for wine intolerance even though it is wonderfully effective for increasing wine tolerance when you take it regularly.

Don’t forget your family! If you have wine intolerance, it is very likely that members of your family have the problem too. Their reactions can be mislabeled as irritable bowel syndrome, depression, migraine headaches, chronic fatigue, or fibromyalgia. That doesn’t mean that Vinami is a treatment or cure for these conditions. Vinami can be very helpful if the symptoms someone in your family is troubled by are actually due to sensitivity to the compounds common to wine and found elsewhere.


1. Wigand, P., Blettner, M., Saloga, J. & Decker, H., 2012, Prevalence of wine intolerance: results of a survey from Mainz, Germany, Deutsches Ärzteblatt international, 109(25), pp. 437-44.

2. The problem appears to be more common in the US – probably somewhere around 12% in women and 8% in men – due to the higher baseline exposure to man-made chemicals from food and the environment in the US.