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11/21/2013

Vegan Vine is ready to answer all your holiday wine pairing questions! Holler!  »

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Vegan Vine, who makes super excellent vegan wines*, wants to hear your Thanksgiving pairing questions. Because if we listened to regular wine companies, we’d never get to drink red because we don’t dig on the meat, am I right? It’s like Vegan Vine says: 

Food/wine pairing suggestions from wine store clerks or on the back of bottles are generally all about what wines go best with animal flesh. You’re not going to find “try this wine with a seitan roulade stuffed with swiss chard and cashew ricotta” or “this wine pairs perfectly with raw zucchini pasta in sunflower seed pesto.”

So true! I asked for a vegan pairing suggestion to lead us off: Planning on apple pie or pumpkin pie? Try it with Chardonnay, they advise! I can do that. I will do that!

So go ahead and ask your questions (like what goes with Field Roast’s celebration roast??)! Questions can be posted on Vegan Vine’s Facebook page or on their Twitter page using the hashtag #veganwine.

Do you have any pairing questions for Vegan Vine? Have at it!

*If you aren’t aware, many wines are not vegan, for various reasons—and if they are, it’s difficult to find out! You can check with Barnivore for more info on specific wines…or just buy Vegan Vine and don’t worry about it! I totally am going to ask for a Vegan Vine wine club membership for xmas.

12/06/2011

It’s another wine from the Vegan Vine! This is their 2008 cabernet sauvignon, and just like the last one, I drank it with my parents, and collected their fancy-wine-drinkers’ notes.
My dad noted its “deep red color,” and said that it was “not overly oaky,” while he tasted “raisin and dried cherry, with a spicy finish.” He felt it would be a “great complement to leek soup and grilled pineapples.” My ma also liked the “very deep and rich” color of the wine. She got “oak on the nose, and cedar,” and tasted “cherries and blackberries.” She also found the tannins to be “nicely balanced.”
I thought it had a good strong flavor, and was dry without making your mouth pucker. Very good, would drink again.
Let’s remind ourselves why specifically vegan wine is a good thing: Because, as our beloved Barnivore has taught us, even the most innocent-seeming alcohol might have been  filtered through animal products, which is unnecessary and also totally  gross. Vegan Vine takes away the risk—you always know your drink is  cruelty-free, which is awesome.

It’s another wine from the Vegan Vine! This is their 2008 cabernet sauvignon, and just like the last one, I drank it with my parents, and collected their fancy-wine-drinkers’ notes.

My dad noted its “deep red color,” and said that it was “not overly oaky,” while he tasted “raisin and dried cherry, with a spicy finish.” He felt it would be a “great complement to leek soup and grilled pineapples.” My ma also liked the “very deep and rich” color of the wine. She got “oak on the nose, and cedar,” and tasted “cherries and blackberries.” She also found the tannins to be “nicely balanced.”

I thought it had a good strong flavor, and was dry without making your mouth pucker. Very good, would drink again.

Let’s remind ourselves why specifically vegan wine is a good thing: Because, as our beloved Barnivore has taught us, even the most innocent-seeming alcohol might have been filtered through animal products, which is unnecessary and also totally gross. Vegan Vine takes away the risk—you always know your drink is cruelty-free, which is awesome.

10/13/2011

This is the Vegan Vine's sauvignon blanc. I “made” my parents sample it with me; their two main hobbies are riding bicycles and drinking wine, so I figured their opinions would be interesting.
Why specifically vegan wine? Because as our beloved Barnivore has taught us, even the most innocent-seeming alcohol might have been filtered through animal products, which is unnecessary* and also totally gross. Vegan Vine takes away the risk—you always know your drink is cruelty-free, which is awesome.
My fancy parents and I enjoyed this sauvignon blanc quite a bit. My dad said he got “green apple, limeade, and a hint of citrus in the nose;” “lemon and green apple in the taste;” and he found its “bright, clean finish” that was “not too acidic” “very drinkable.” My ma got “citrus and Gravenstein apple” in the nose, “lemon and slight green apple” in the taste, and  she liked the “clean, bright, crisp finish” that was “not too sweet.”
I liked it too.
I did find it a bit too alcoholic, though; I prefer a higher alcohol content in my beer and a lower in my wine, and this one registers 14.5 percent, meaning the third of the bottle I drank was fairly intoxicating.
Vegan Vine has two more varieties, a cabernet sauvignon and a red blend. They sent them to me as well, and once I’ve tasted them, I’ll have opinions on them for you as well. Maybe even this week; wine does make an excellent dinner.
*Sorry, millennia of winemaking tradition, I got a B- in intro to viticulture and enology, that means I have knowledge.

This is the Vegan Vine's sauvignon blanc. I “made” my parents sample it with me; their two main hobbies are riding bicycles and drinking wine, so I figured their opinions would be interesting.

Why specifically vegan wine? Because as our beloved Barnivore has taught us, even the most innocent-seeming alcohol might have been filtered through animal products, which is unnecessary* and also totally gross. Vegan Vine takes away the risk—you always know your drink is cruelty-free, which is awesome.

My fancy parents and I enjoyed this sauvignon blanc quite a bit. My dad said he got “green apple, limeade, and a hint of citrus in the nose;” “lemon and green apple in the taste;” and he found its “bright, clean finish” that was “not too acidic” “very drinkable.” My ma got “citrus and Gravenstein apple” in the nose, “lemon and slight green apple” in the taste, and she liked the “clean, bright, crisp finish” that was “not too sweet.”

I liked it too.

I did find it a bit too alcoholic, though; I prefer a higher alcohol content in my beer and a lower in my wine, and this one registers 14.5 percent, meaning the third of the bottle I drank was fairly intoxicating.

Vegan Vine has two more varieties, a cabernet sauvignon and a red blend. They sent them to me as well, and once I’ve tasted them, I’ll have opinions on them for you as well. Maybe even this week; wine does make an excellent dinner.

*Sorry, millennia of winemaking tradition, I got a B- in intro to viticulture and enology, that means I have knowledge.

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