Embrace the Plant-Based Buzz: The Best Vegan Wines
Veganism is on the rise in the food and beverage industry. More than just a fad, people are falling in love with animal-free products. Choosing a vegan lifestyle means becoming aware of and avoiding certain products and ingredients. Often, these off-putting ingredients hide in the production of store-bought food and beverages, and your wine is no exception.
Although wine is plant-based, a few animal products are used in the fining process to make the wine clearer. But vegan wine producers are using non-animal alternatives in their fining process with fantastic results. The surge of vegan interest has resulted in increased production of more vegan-friendly wines, and supermarkets have stocked their shelves with more animal-free products.
Below are some of the best wines for vegans to try out.
Produced in the centuries-old Médoc tradition, Château Dauzac Margaux is a wine that vegans can treasure. The wine is not fined with egg whites but with plant-based fining agents. Château Dauzac Margaux is best enjoyed while in its early years with decanting. It will need at least two hours to decant, allowing the wine to open its perfume and soften. This wine is the perfect accompaniment for Asian dishes, assorted pasta, mushrooms, as well as any dishes for lovers of cheese, meat, and seafood.
2017 Proudly Vegan Merlot
This wine is one of the many recommended Chilean wines that are vegan society registered. It was introduced by Broadland Wineries, which also produces a rosé and a sauvignon blanc from the Central Valley in Chile. The Proudly Vegan Merlot 2017 is 100% vegan, including the glue and ink used on the labels.
Even so, the bottle has that rich and lush taste of red berries and plum, with hints of caramel and coffee. Pair this wine with roasted vegetables or fresh pasta.
A vegan version of a German classic, Beetle Riesling is shipped in by a company that takes pride in a bold organic outlook and great organic wines, Vintage Roots. On the palate, the wine has plenty of zing and green apple-like freshness you usually experience with German wines.
It is related or associated with citrus and kiwi fruit flavors on the tongue. The Beetle Riesling is high in vitality and freshness but low in alcohol. That said, it could cool and freshen you during hot summer months.
This wine comes from the South of France, particularly in the Haut Fitou Massif region of Languedoc Roussillon. The area is primarily known for producing full-bodied, muscular red wines.
And among them is the Fitou F de Cascastel 2014, a punchy vegan wine with notes of soft fruit, damsons, and blackcurrants. Also, you will notice hints of licorice and spice, plus firm yet lovely tannins.
Moreover, the handpicked grapes are from chosen grenache, syrah, and carignan vines, and after fermentation and maceration, they are aged or matured in oak barrels for at least six months.
Chardonnay lovers are sure to discover a new sensation with Australia’s Barossa Viognier produced by Free Run Juice. Easy and smooth on the palate, this viognier is a pleasure to drink due to its notes of apricot, honeysuckle, and fresh citrus with a spicy finish.
The Barossa Viognier 2017 is undoubtedly impressive enough to drink alone and is an excellent accompaniment to spicy dishes. Consider pairing it with tofu, stir-fry, and noodle dishes.
Soft and rich, Foxglove Chardonnay is made by the Varner brothers. This chardonnay is from California, an area with a booming vegan restaurant scene. Listed by the New York Times as one of the best wines under $20, its fresh citrus notes take on a long and vibrant finish. Pair it with sweet potato or caramelized butternut squash to boost the complexities of this beautiful wine.
An Italian organic wine, the award-winning Aldi Organic Prosecco, is sourced from Corvezzo, the family-managed vineyard outside Venice. Using an organic production approach by picking glera grapes by hand and gentle pressing creates this superior wine. Vegans will also appreciate the winery’s use of renewable energy whenever possible. Aldi Organic Prosecco is extra-dry, and you can expect crunchy pear and green apple notes, and a sweet honeycomb and acacia flowers on the nose.
Frey Organic Merlot
Known for its velvety smooth texture, Frey Organic Merlot is a bold, fruity composition with notes of dark berries, plum, vanilla, moss, and oak. A multi-award winner, Frey Organic Merlot is best served with pasta and hearty fare. Superb with your favorite chocolate too. The family-run Frey Vineyards is proud to provide organic and biodynamic wines made with no chemicals, preservatives, or animal-based fining agents.
La Liebre y la Tortuga
This “hare and tortoise” vegan wine by Fento Wines boasts all the qualities you’d expect from the albariño variety with aromatic herbs, refreshing citrus, and clean tasting energy. La Liebre y la Tortuga is a young white with great depth of flavor and excellent value for the money.
With an abundant choice of vegan wines available, it could be hard to choose the best one to try. But when all your preferences are considered, you can select one more easily. The rise of vegan wines is undoubtedly here to stay as an increasing number of people are practicing a plant-based diet or vegan lifestyle. Make sure that your wines complement your current lifestyle.
And now you have an excellent reason to enjoy great vegan wine: a recent Harvard study shows moderate wine consumption along with a healthy diet is linked to greater life expectancy!