If you weren't already aware of wine using animal products I am sure you will find it just as fascinating and also want to know what you are consuming! So here is how animals are used in the process of making wine:
(Resource from: http://www.thekitchn.com/as-it-is-vegan-week-136676)
"The reason that all wines are not vegan or even vegetarian-friendly has to do with how the wine is clarified and a process called ‘fining’. All young wines are hazy and contain tiny molecules such as proteins, tartrates, tannins and phenolics. These are all natural, and in no way harmful. However, we wine-drinkers like our wines to be clear and bright.
Gross, gross, gross, gross! I prefer not to consume casein, gelatin and especially isinglass!
"Bull's blood is also used in someMediterranean countries but is not allowed in the U.S. or Europe"
So thank goodness for "A New Direction"
Here is a brand I like as it has all 3 qualities: Orleans Hill
3. No sulfates
You could buy online: vintnersalliance.com/Vegan-Wines
Here are some stores that stock vegan wines:
In New York Appellation Wines in Manhattan and The Natural Wine Company in Brooklyn, where knowledgeable staff were readily able to suggest many vegan-friendly wines.
Examples include ‘Jenny & François Selections' and 'Louis Dressner Selections'.
Bonny Doon Vineyard
1. 2009 Stellar Organics Cabernet Sauvignon, Western Cape, $12 – This wine even says ‘vegan friendly’ on the back label – Fair Trade accredited and organic.
2. 2008 Kawarau Estate Pinot Noir 2008, Central Otago, New Zealand, $29 - Unfined and unfiltered.
3. 2009 Oliver Cousin Anjou Gamay, Loire Valley, $23 – Organic, unfined and unfiltered.
4. 2009 Tissot Poulsard Vieilles Vignes, Jura, France $21 - Vintner Stéphane Tissot is a leader in Jura’s organic farming. Again unfined and unfiltered.
5. 2009 Casina degli Ulivi Semplicemente Rosso, $17 – A blend of Dolcetto and Barbera from Piedmont. Biodynamic, unfined with just a light filtration. Natural yeasts and winemaking.
6. 2008 Mas Foulaquier, Les Tonilliers, Pic Saint Loup, Languedoc $23 – A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. Biodynamic and unfined
7. 2009 Sablonettes Les Copain D'Abord Grolleau, Anjou, Loire, $17 – Made from the local Grolleau grape. Organic, unfined or filtered.
8. 2006 Chateau du Champs des Treilles Rouge, Sainte Foy de Bordeaux, $25- Red Bordeaux blend. Unfined and unfiltered, biodynamic.
Thank you to Pure Food and Wine, and thekitchn.com for your resourceful information!
256 days to my new book coming out! I might just celebrate the book with an earth friendly wine ;)