You’re vegan and a wine lover? I bet you were shocked when you first learned that all wine might not be vegan and that animal based substances were used in filtering and finishing the wine. Luckily more and more winemakers are taking their vegan customers into consideration and choosing to finish their wines with other methods like bentonite clay, diatomaceous earth, carbon and kaolin clay.
Let me present a few very good quality but still very drinkable vegan red wines you might want to try some day.
Let’s start with Syrah Ventura from Chile. It’s a wine with a deep red, almost purple color, and it has aromas of black pepper, black cherry and anis. On the palate, berry flavors meet with impressions of herbs and spice. It’s vegan and made with certified organic grapes.
Another good vegan syrah wine is Mas de Janiny. This full-bodied French red wine that like Ventura has been made with organic grapes is elegant and complex, with aromas and flavors of red fruits, violet and spices. It is aged in oak barrels, which adds subtle vanilla aromas to wine’s flavor. It’s unfined and unfiltered – that might not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s certainly worth a try!
Pircas Negras Cabernet Sauvignon Organic comes from Argentina. Like most Cabernet Sauvignons, it has scents of black currants, but also of tea and spice. On the palate one can notice aromas and flavors of allspice and earth. Pircas Negras Cabernet Sauvignon is a strong red wine which could well be paired with mushroom risotto.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grape is often paired with other grape types. A good example is the Cabernet-Malbec mix by Nuevo Mundo from Chile. It is composed of 75% Cabernet grapes and 25% of Malbec. It is a balanced mix of aromas of fruit and berries on the one side, spice and earth on the other. It ages in barrels where it gains some oak and vanilla flavors, as well as its tannic qualities.
Let’s return to France for a while, to the Bordeaux region to be exact. Chateau Moulin de Peyronin produces a classic red wine. It has black currant, plum and cherry flavors. You can also describe it fruity, medium-bodied, and with smooth tannins.
Last but not least another French speciality: Cotes-du-Rhone Domaine des Cedres. The Domaine des Cèdres winemaker, Dominique Pons, is a pioneer of organic and biodynamic viticulture. Therefore this wine, too, is organic, vegan as well as biodynamic. It goes great with food; it’s rather dry, deep in color and full with flavors of flowers, herbs and spices.
This is of course just a snapshot of vegan red wines available on the market today; but all these wines are of good quality, still affordable but not too fancy so you can actually drink them!
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