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Sulphites and Wine

Want to enjoy a wine with reduced sulphites? Craft winemaking allows you to customize your wine to minimize the amount of sulphite in the winemaking process. Work with our knowledgeable team at Luscious Wines to ensure your wine is personalized to your needs! 


“Contains Sulphites.” These are words you see on almost every commercial bottle of wine, but so many do not understand what this means.

What Are Sulphites?
Sulphur dioxide (or SO2) is a chemical compound made up of sulfur and oxygen. It occurs naturally but can also be produced in a laboratory. It’s used to preserve foods and beverages, which it does by acting as an antioxidant and antimicrobial.

Sulphites in Wine
Sulphur dioxide has been used in winemaking for thousands of years, ever since the ancient Romans discovered that it would keep their wine from turning into vinegar. To this day sulphites play an important role in preventing oxidization and maintaining a wine’s freshness. They also help in the extraction of pigments in wine, making red wines “redder.”

The sulphite level in wine is measured in “ppm”, or parts per million. In Canada and the United States, conventionally made wines are permitted to contain up to 350ppm of sulphites, and in the European Union wine may contain up to 210 ppm sulphites. The current CFIA labelling requirements for Alcoholic Beverages requires any wine that contains more than 10 ppm (parts per million) sulphite to be labeled with, “Contains sulphites.”

Are Sulphites in Wine Bad?
Not for most people. There are however some notable exceptions to this rule. About 5-10% of people with asthma have severe sulphite sensitivity. Sulfur is also on the rise as a concern among the populous as a cause of health problems (from migraines to body swelling), because of its prevalence in processed foods.

Reducing Sulphites in Your Craft Wine
One of the many unique benefits of crafting your wine, is that you can customize the wine to your needs – and if reducing the sulphite levels is one of those needs, you’re in luck! If crafting in store, be sure to discuss this with your craft wine retailer and they will assist you with this. If you are crafting at home, you can opt to not add any sulphites to your wine to reduce their level. However, there will still be some present in the final product (10ppm), as it is a natural by-product of fermentation. If you are adding sulphites via the add pack, as per our instruction sheets then the final product will have between 35-50ppm. Ensuring that everything is properly sanitized when crafting your wine and using longer corks to minimize oxidation will help ensure the quality of your wine.


Tis the Season.....



Season’s Greetings Everyone,

On behalf of the Luscious Wines team, we want to wish you and your families’ happy holiday and a joyous New Year. In this time of gratitude, we give thanks for you - our valued customers. We value your patronage and appreciate your confidence in us.


Alison, Paul, Kristen, Kerri, Karen and Ron

2017 HO HO HO Holiday Hours:

  December 23rd-26th CLOSED

  December 27th Open 10:00-5:00

  December 28th Open 10:00-5:00

  December 29th   Open 10:00-5:00

  December 30th -January 2nd CLOSED

  January 3rd back to regular hours





READY SET VOTE. The London Free Press has launched its 2018 BEST OF LONDON Contest.


Step 1..Pour a glass of Luscious wine

Step 2..Navigate to   

Step 3..Fill in the contact information, next...and fill in as many or as few categories as you want, vote for all your favourites.

 The Best Beer/Winemaking store category is # 77. PLEASE DO NOT CHOOSE CATEGORY #35 –Local Winery

We would be very proud to be voted Best Beer/Winemaking store again for 2018.

Let’s throw another party!

Contest closes Sunday January 21st

Please feel free to share this with family and friends, anyone can vote.

Thanks everyone for your support!!!



2018 Annual Benchmark RQ Wine Tasting



Our annual Benchmark Restricted Quantities wine tasting event was held on October 5th with over 60 Luscious customers and was a great success. Check out the photos.

We have a very exciting program this year. These exceptional wine kits are only available through advance pre-order UNTIL OCTOBER 19th, 2017 .

If you are interested or for all the details please call the store.




Restricted Quantities 2018 program brings you four of our finest award-winning wines, released exclusively in The Gold Standard Collection:


Australia Shiraz Viognier


Chile Carménère


Spain Tempranillo


German Riesling



The New Restricted Quantities 2018 Program is Available NOW


We have a very exciting program this year. These exceptional wine kits are only available through advance pre-order. If you are interested or for all the details please call the store


Restricted Quantities 2018 program brings you four of our finest award-winning wines, released exclusively  in The Gold Standard Collection:

Australia Shiraz Viognier

Chile Carménère

Spain Tempranillo

Germany Riesling 


Australia Shiraz Viognier - Release Date: December 2017

 The practice of blending Shiraz (a red wine grape called Syrah in France) with Viognier (a white wine grape) began because these two grapes grow alongside each other in the Northern Rhône Valley of France, their original home. Rhône winemakers often ferment the grapes together and, under French law, are allowed to blend up to 20 percent Viognier into their red wines. Because Viognier brings an aromatic boost to the wine, this practice has become popular in other countries as well, especially Australia. In fact, Australia has long been renowned as a great producer of Shiraz wines. Some of the most prized are blended with Viognier for a full-bodied wine bursting with floral and fruit aromatics.

Australia Shiraz Viognier is stylish yet refined. It is lush with a tapestry of smooth tannins and succulent dried fruits, vanilla and black pepper.

Oak: Heavy, Body: Full, Sweetness: Dry

Food Pairings: Bison burgers, Lamb kebabs, Meat pie, Sharp Cheddar cheese


Chile Carménère - Release Date: January 2018

 Carménère is considered the national grape of Chile. Like many of the world’s leading grapes, it was born in the French wine region of Bordeaux. The grape was finicky in the French climate, and often had difficulties ripening. When the Phylloxera plague of 1857 wiped out most of Europe’s vineyards, Carménère was considered extinct. Luckily, before Phylloxera hit Europe, a few Carménère cuttings had been exported to Chile, whose wine region was just getting started. The vines flourished in the drier climate and were soon growing in most Chilean wine regions. But, up until 20 years ago, it was often mistaken for Merlot, despite the different appearance in the vineyard and distinct taste in the glass.

Opulent and rich, Carménère boasts the luscious flavours of red cherries and berries, with hints of spice and leather enhanced with robust tannins.

Oak: Medium, Body: Medium, Sweetness: Dry

Food Pairings: Cabbage rolls, Pork or beef tacos, Meatballs, Pepper Jack cheese


 Spain Tempranillo - Release Date: February 2018

 Tempranillo is the signature wine grape in its native home of Spain, where they have been making it into wine for over 2,000 years. In all great Spanish wine regions, from Rioja, Navarra, Ribera del Duero through to Toro, La Mancha and Penedès, it is the defining grape of the best red wines. The name Tempranillo is derived from the wordtemprano, which in Spanish means “early”, because it’s considered an early ripener among Spain’s red wine grapes. It was traditionally cultivated as a low bush vine dotting the Spanish landscape, but with modern viticultural practices, this is now changing. When Tempranillo is grown, with care, in the right spots, it produces extremely long-lived and deliciously fruity wines.

Sourced from native Spain, Tempranillo adds panache to any cellar. It skillfully balances fresh berries with savory notes of pepper and smoke.

Oak: Heavy, Body: Medium, Sweetness: Dry

Food Pairings: Pepperoni pizza, Burritos, Grilled flank steak, Manchego Cheese


 Germany Riesling - Release Date: March 2018

 Riesling is an aromatic white wine grape variety that originated in the Rhine region of Germany, where it is still the most planted grape variety, grown throughout the country. In Germany’s most famous winemaking region, the Mosel, it makes up a whopping 60% of total plantings. While it is now also grown in almost every cool wine making region in the world, German Rieslings are still considered amongst the finest. In the best vintages, German Rieslings are prized by wine collectors the world over. Riesling typically displays flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. Because of this hallmark acidity, it can be used to make dry, semi-sweet and sweet wines.

From renowned German vineyards, this Riesling is captivating and complex. Crisp flavours of honey, peach, and lemon finish with a lingering minerality.

Oak: Unoaked, Body: Medium, Sweetness: Off-Dry

Food Pairings: Pad Thai, German sausages, Shrimp stir-fry, Edam cheese