Saturday night I drank almost a whole bottle of Chardonnay after having had two beers at a bar earlier in the evening. It was really good and it just disappeared down my throat.
The next morning was awful. Hangover. Headache and soooo tired and groggy.
I;ve had that much to drink before and it never affected me like that. So I think it was the Chardonnay, which I don't normally drink.
Does chard have more sugar than other whites? Is that why I felt like crap the next day?
I'm not sure. Drink a bottle of Cabernet tonight and let us know how you feel in the morning.
A lot of wines contain sulfates and they can give you a whopper of a headache.
It's the oak.
It was the same feeling as when I've been drinking cider or sweet martinis. I chalk that up to the sugar content.
Hangovers don't really exist. They're a conspiracy perpetuated by the liberal media.
Hangovers are mostly due to dehydration. Alcohol is a diuretic and so starts depleting your water in your body.
One way to head off hangovers - and I'm serious - two big glasses of water before you go to bed. It re-hydrates and helps the body process out the alcohol left in it.
Almost all red wines and chardonnay are matured in oak barrels so that they will keep and improve. If you drink this wine younger than three years there will be a higher level of nasties that can cause hangovers. If left to mature these nasties change to neutral substances and don't cause hangovers. As a rule of thumb, wine stored in oak barrels for six months should be acceptable to drink within the first year. If the wine is stored for twelve months or more in oak barrels it should then be left for at least four years. Some winemakers have been known to add oak chips directly into the wine to enhance flavors, especially in a bad season, and this can take years to become neutral.
It the alcohol in alcoholic beverages that dehydrate the brain. It doesn't matter if you drink rot gut moonshine or a cheeky little chardonnay.
[quote]It's the oak.
911 operator: What made him pass out?
Frantic friend: Tree.
It tastes like turpentine.
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