We’ve rounded up some of the best vegan wine options available at the moment and have shared the dishes we’d pair them with.
As wine is made from grapes and water, you’d be quick to assume that all wines are vegan or vegetarian. In fact, it’s long been the tradition for wine producers to use animal and fish-derived products during the clarification process to refine their products, making some unsuitable on a vegan diet.
Long-standing, safe and common filtering ingredients to improve taste and give a clear appearance to white wine include fish bladders (isinglass), fish oil or shellfish fibres, gelatine, animal blood, bone marrow, egg whites (albumen) and milk protein (casein). But that doesn’t have to be the case. To make their wines vegan and vegetarian friendly, more producers are opting to use clay or charcoal alternatives. Waitrose, for example, has around 700 vegan-friendly options, M&S 200 and Majestic 1,000. Here are a few of our favourites, along with the dishes they compliment best…
Co-op Irresistible Leyda Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017, £7.50
Tasting notes: A refreshing lime and gooseberry flavour.
We’d pair it with: Our miso aubergine and tofu stir-fry
Marks & Spencer Barossa Viognier 2017, £10
Tasting notes: A delicious blend of honeysuckle, citrus and light spice flavours.
We’d pair it with: This tamarind chickpea curry
Vinalba Malbec Bonarda 2016, £9.99, Majestic
Tasting notes: A robust red with cherry and floral notes.
We’d pair it with: This dazzling roasted whole cauliflower
Tasting notes: Light, mousy with lovely tiny bubbles.
We’d pair it with: Our vegan chipotle sausage roll canapés
Looking for more plant-based cooking inspiration? Try one of our comforting vegan recipes.