There are two hundred ingredients on the list of government approved additives for wine. But unlike food, wine manufacturers aren't required to list their ingredients—which can also include animal proteins, oak chips, sulfur, yeast, enzymes, preservatives, and Mega-Purple, a brand of concentrated wine color—on their back labels. This means instead of 100% fermented grape juice in your glass, you're likely consuming a careful blend of juice and other stuff.
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Even the most casual enthusiasts recognize Bordeaux's significance as one of the world's premier wine regions: its storied Châteaux have become the stuff of legend. With top wines easily fetching thousands of dollars, it's understandable why the region has increasingly lost cachet among a younger generation of drinkers. But there's another side of Bordeaux that we've all be missing.