With the rise of campaigns like ‘Veganuary’ there are now plenty of great-tasting wines—

Animal products in wine? Do some wines really contain fish bladders or bull’s blood? In trace form, yes, it is possible that tiny amounts of these and other agents may sometimes be present from clarifying wine – the process of removing insoluble materials. But with the rising popularity of veganism as an ethical choice, or just for those dipping in their toes in ‘Veganuary’, thankfully there are plenty of great-tasting wines that don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients.

Wines that are labelled ‘unfiltered’ ought to be free of additives – and it’s helpful when wines indicate suitability for vegans. On the high street, M&S leads the field, along with the Co-Op. If you search for ‘vegan wines’, Waitrose, Aldi and Tanners, among others, clearly list vegan-friendly options on their sites. The vintageroots.co.uk website is particularly good.

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

NO-CRACKLING ROSE: Exquisite Collection Argentinian Malbec Rose 2019 (13%) £5.99* Aldi (down from £6.99)A bramble sorbet of a wine. Grab it on offer!

VEG YOUR BETS: Villiera Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (13.%) £8 M&S. South Africa rivals French Sancerre for half the price.

YEAST-FREE FROM THE EAST: Puklavec & Friends Furmint 2018 (12.5%) £8.99 Waitrose. Zesty and gently aromatic Slovenian splendour.

BE SEEN IN RED AND GREEN: Villa Cerna Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 2015 (14%) £22.95 oxfordwine.co.uk. Epic herby red to take your roast lunch to heaven.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Domaine Saint Ferreol Viognier 2017 (13%) £12.99* Majestic. Peaches and cream in wine form. Pair with chicken korma. *mix six price.

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 26th January 2020

 

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