Wine For The Vegan In Me
What can I say, I like wine. Wait…I love wine. Now I hope you’re not expecting a sophisticated post about vintage or bouquet, as all I know is vintage refers to old stuff and bouquet is something I hope to get from my husband now and again!
I used to detest wine, but somehow over the past few years I determined that hey, some of this stuff ain’t half bad, has a higher alcohol content and gets you tipsy!!
I mainly drink red wine and imagine my shock a few years back when I strolled into the local cold beer and wine store and saw a sign that said ‘vegan wine’. If the display was vegan wine, what the hell was in the others and what had I been drinking……
After some easy research I discovered wines can contain various animal products such as dairy and honey or can use items such as bone filters, gelatine or fish bladders in the making process to filter the wines. Can you say HORRIFIED?
Much to my delight I found www.barnivore.com This is a fantastic resource for the vegan or vegetarian drinker. It has a large catalogue of alcohols that have been either confirmed vegan or not. It is easy to use, especially as you check over the wine list in a restaurant.
Another good idea, if your drink inquiry is not listed, go to the makers website and contact them. Most companies respond pretty quickly with the info you need.
I stick with reds – Why? I just like them better!
My favorites and recommended vegan reds are:
Jackson Triggs Merlot
– made in Canada, there is a regular proprietors selection and reserve option $10 and $13
– made in BC, a much pricier bottle at $18, but nice for special occasions and from a smaller company
Yellow Tail Shiraz
– an Australian wine, reasonably priced at $12 and pretty darn good – I love that yellow tail answers the vegan questions right in their FAQs on their website!
So check out the resource found in barnivore.com and try some good vegan wines out, you never know when you might morph in to a wine drinker too!
Written by Melissa de Meulles-Wolfe
Guest Blog for VIVA