Those of you who know me in real life, know I'm not a big wine drinker. I never really developed a taste for, or learned enough about wine to drink it often. I usually drink beer - mostly ale, tequila, rum and whiskey. I very rarely have more than 2 drinks - and if I have 2, it's over a longer period of time. I have never had a problem other than "the asian flush" if I drink too fast my cheeks light up like light bulbs. But I'm more of a slow milker so that usually isn't a problem, except maybe on a really hot day in the summer.
Last night, being New Year's Eve, Curt picked up a bottle of Barefoot Bubbly Pinot Grigio champagne. He tasted it and liked it, and figured it would be better than what I picked up for New Year's Eve. ( I had gotten a triple fermented - thus extra bubbly - Le Fin du Monde - comes in a heavy wine bottle with the wired in cork, but is most definitely a yummy beer)
We had our usual New Year's celebration. A couple friends, slow but steady stream of appetizers, board games -Cranium - Pop 5 this time, and then triominoes. Around 1130 Curt broke out the bubbly - and sparkling grape juice for Angie ( although since she is just about 18, Curt mixed about 25% champagne into her glass) After my first flute - sipped over half an hour, and if your interested is really good - I had the "flush" thing, but I kind of ignored it, as it usually goes away soon enough. I had the second flute at midnight, but took about another half hour to finish.
I thought my heart was going to beat through my chest and explode! I could feel my pulse in my lips, cheeks, ears and fingers! I looked at my hands and my palms were RED , my fingers seemed swollen. I went to the bathroom to wash my hands and my lips were huge, red and swollen, my eyes were so puffy and swollen and red you could barely see the whites of my eyes. My cheeks and forehead were red! I started getting red splotchy patches - big patches 6-8 inches in diameter! We figured it was an allergy to something (although I never had that kind of allergic reaction to anything before - my only "allergy" is artificial sweetners triggering migraines) and so Curt gave me Benydryl and a whole bottle of water to drink it down with. Well any antihistimine puts me to sleep, so within 6 or 7 minutes I was out. Curt (such a sweetie) stayed up a bit to make sure I didn't look any worse or start having breathing issues ( although after Benydryl he'd have had one hell of a time getting me back awake!)
I woke up around 6, and other than my lips are still barely tingly and my eyes are a bit itchy I feel fine. I can't think of anything other than the champagne that could have done this. Everything else I ate, was food I eat semi regularly, and have never had any issues with.
I am considering getting a dr's appointment next week, mostly because of the pounding heart thing being really scary.
So have any of y'all ever heard of a champagne allergy? I tried googling it, but didn't find anything other than other stories.