Is Vegan Wine A Thing?
Many of the Wines you Know and Love are Made Using Animal Products
Yes, I know it is counter intuitive. Wine does not seem like a product that includes animal products. I am sorry to tell you that in fact some techniques used in winemaking include animal products. They might be as simple as milk or eggs to shellfish and other marine life you just never know what was used in the making of your wine. Almost all these products are used to “fine” and ‘filter” the wine. Which is basically the process by which all the fine particiles in your wine are removed. This process ensures the wine is not cloudy and is sediment free.
Animal products approved for use in wine in the USA:
- Albumen (Egg whites)
- Casein (from Milk)
- Gelatin (Animal derived collagen)
- Isinglass (derived from fish bladders)
While large wine production means that grapes must be harvest by machine smaller producers often hand harvest their grapes. This process reduces the amount of MOGs (Material Other than Grapes) that are included with the grapes at harvest. This includes insects and other small animals.
We have tons of wines on the shelf that are vegan friendly!
Because most natural winemakers are by their very nature small they usually use gentler methods to harvest their wine. That has many benefits not the least of which is little or no MOGs gathered at harvest. Philosophically natural winemakers want to let wine do its thing. They want to interfere as little as possible with the wine. That means no fining and filtration and thus no need for all the animal derived products used in those processes.
These wines are not a new trend or a reaction to the vegan movement. They are wine made in the most traditional of methds. We find these wines dynamic and lively and perfect for all occaisions. Comeby and check them out or better yet join us at A Night on the Farm this Saturday and taste them for yourself!
A Few of Our Vegan Wines
Tenuta Gorghi Tondi Grillo of Gilletto
Region: Sicily, Italy
Grape varieties: 100% Grillo
Tenuta Gorghi Tondi Grillo of Gilletto is intense and persistent, with iodized, floral notes and sensations of white peach. Balanced and fresh.
Song: Can’t Let Go by Lucinda Williams
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Casagori Marino Rosso Toscana Ciliegiolo
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Viticulture: Organic and Biodynamic
Grape varieties: 100% Ciliegiolo
Casagori Marino Rosso Toscana Ciliegiolo is made of 100% Ciliegiolo, whose name comes from an Italian word for cherry, a fruit that Ciliegiolo wines resemble in color and aroma. Wild fermentation without temperature control. After a long maceration on the skins the wine ages 12 months in ceramic eggs to preserve fruitiness and brightness. Aromas and flavors of sour and Bing cherry on a soft body with crunchy acidity on the finish.
Song: If You Could Only See by Tonic
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The Other Right Bright Young Pink
Region: Adelaide Hills, Australia
Viticulture: Biodynamic and Organic
Grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay
The Other Right Bright Young Pink is beautiful, light, textural sparkling wine. Super, super drinkable, and most appropriate for the warm summer.
Song: Bright Young Thing by Albert Hammond, Jr
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