Are you a vegan?
Would you buy a vegan only wine?
Or do you think wine that is vegan is bulls%&#
[no judgement from me! 😎]
Strict vegans will love Champagne Legret , which proudly flaunts its vegan credentials – I tasted this yesterday in Stockholm, however I was in two minds. In a room full of great Champagnes, this didn’t win me over. Was it because they used vegan winemaking methods, or was it simply not as good as some of the other great wines in the room?
Traditionally, to make a base wine clear, you need to use a fining agent that most vegans spit out their quinoa salad – things like casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin (animal protein) and isinglass (fish bladder protein). They are not added to the wine, as they fall out out of the wine with the molecules that make the wine cloudy. They simply rest at the bottom of the tank/barrel, and the clear wine is racked off from the top.
An alternative fining product is a clay like substance called bentonite, or even more natural is leaving them to self-clarify and self-stabilize.
Have you got some favourite vegan wines we should be tasting. Let us know in the comments.