Vegan? Uncork Your Inner Wino With These Vegan-Friendly Wines

Vegan? Uncork Your Inner Wino With These Vegan-Friendly Wines

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By Sierra Haigh | 21st November 2019

November is World Vegan Month, so why not celebrate by cracking open a bottle with the girls? Plus, we’re coming in hot to the silly season which means lots of bubbles and vino!

Picture this: it’s a Friday afternoon, so you decide to kick back with a glass of your fave wine. But what about if you’re living your plant-based lifestyle? Not every wine is vegan, so it’s important not to pick the wrong one! Luckily, Chief Winemaker of Briar Ridge and Pepper Tree Wines, Gwyn Olsen, is coming through with the goods and is launching two vegan wines: a red and a white. They’re vegan-and-tastebud-friendly, so why not raise a glass?

 

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Your beloved bottle that inspired your “rosé every day” life rule might seem harmless, but it’s not actually vegan! Most wines aren’t as clean and clear in appearance when they’re first made (think of cloudy apple juice), so winemakers use fining agents to add a little sparkle and clean up the liquid courage, ready for you to pluck from the shelf of a bottle-o and enjoy with a few of the girls. It’s these agents that take the vegan status away from the wine as they’re made of the protein found in milk and fish bladders, or even the fibre from a crab shell.

“Many wine lovers are surprised when they find out that wines are not necessarily vegan-friendly due to winemaking techniques.  As wine is made using grapes, it’s not surprising most people assume wine is vegan,” Gwyn said.

 

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Gwyn’s new vegan wines (featuring a rainbow unicorn on the label, might we add), use fining agents like clay, limestone, or even activated charcoal. It’s like a face-mask for your wine; animal-friendly and clears up all the spots! Best of all, there’s literally no flavour change in the wines. The same grapes and ingredients are used, the only difference is the fining agent. It’s never been so easy to switch to an animal-friendly diet! All the taste with none of the cruelty. What’s not to love?

The award-winning, Hunter Valley winemaker recommends pairing her red with a caramelised pumpkin pizza, and her white with a classic summer salad. You’ll get to wine and dine like a queen with these decadent pairings! Don’t hang on to the bottle for too long though, these bad boys are also preservative-free. It’s the perfect excuse to knock back a few glasses while you’re watching The Bachelorette. Wouldn’t wanna let good wine go to waste!

 

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Article by Sierra Haigh

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