Gluten-free diet? Wine is safe. A lot of foods are not. Some gluten-free food & wine pairings you can try #winewednesday -

I have been seeing a lot of coverage lately concerning a hidden epidemic, celiac disease. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder which causes an adverse reaction to gluten (the protein in certain grains).  This disease prevents the intestines from absorbing nutrients properly, causing inflammation and atrophy. Symptoms are diverse and common which makes this disease hard to diagnose. Fatigue, behavioral changes, rashes, and IBS are a few issues that can occur if your body is sensitive to gluten.

I was shocked at the small amount of food/ingredients it takes to trigger symptoms in someone dealing with celiac disease. A simple 1/8 teaspoon of the wrong food/ingredient can make you suffer.  You can actually count the grains in the palm of your hand!

Something as simple as licorice at the movies can make you feel terrible because there is gluten in some brands (not all, so look into them if you like your licorice with cinematic adventures).

Those dealing with celiac disease need to avoid main foods like:

Wheat, barley, rye, bread, crackers, cereal, pasta, cookies, cakes, pies, and gravies/sauces with flourSome food to beware of that have hidden gluten:
Blue cheese, soy sauce, bbq sauce, bacon bits, deli-meats, licorice, flavored coffee (like lattes), most beer, and dressings

Foods that are generally safe:
Fruits and vegetables, meats-fish-and-poultry (unbreaded), most dairy products, gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato), and potatoes** There are more and more gluten free options available that offer good alternatives for breads, cookies, waffles, pizza, certain beers, and many other guilty pleasures. So be on the lookout! **

Wine - all wines, including port wines & sherry, are safe for celiacs

The Celiac Disease Foundation states very clearly that wine and distilled beverages like hard liquor are gluten-free.

Good food and wine pairings you can tackle with gluten-free options at the grocery store:

Chicken Pad Thai paired with a fruit forward Pinot Noir, Riesling, or even a spicy Zinfandel
recipeGnocchi Verdi paired with Grüner Veltliner, Nebbiolo, or Pinot Noir

Roasted Chili Flank Steak
paired with a fruitier Merlot with soft tannins

Quesadillas paired with a jammy Shiraz/Syrah, or even a crisp Sauvignon Blanc
recipeGluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies paired with Banyuls, Tawny Port, or Vin Santo

Holiday Tip:

You can still enjoy holiday breads, cookies, pies, and other treats… it just takes some planning and creativity. Try cornbread instead of wheat bread stuffing, or cookies, breads, and rolls made with a combination of gluten-free flours such as bean, corn, nut, potato, rice, sorghum, or soy flour.

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Please note that ingredients in the products in this post were safe when last checked. Always verify that a product remains gluten-free by checking the listed ingredients (in case the manufacturer changes their product).

Jim from Hello Vino