It’s a common misconception that all wines are vegan. We can understand why you’d think so- it’s made from a grape, which is a plant, and there aren’t any dairy products in it- but we’re here to tell you the truth. Not all wines are vegan and here’s why.
There are a handful of animal byproducts that are used during the winemaking process, and although they aren’t technically in the wine, their use does inherently render the wine unavailable for vegans. There is a part of the production process called “fining,” which uses byproducts like casein and gelatin, or even egg whites, to filter out the wine making it clear and less cloudy. These products also help tamp down the extreme effects of tannins, helping to create a smoother finish on the wine itself.
There are wines that have been fined with other additives that aren’t from an animal but they can be man-made chemicals or forms of natural substances that alter the flavor of the wine like Bentonite which is similar to activated charcoal.
Even if you aren’t a vegan, it may make you uncomfortable to know that animal byproducts are involved in your wine’s making, which is why the natural wine movement has been so successful. Natural wines mean there have been no additives or preservatives involved in the winemaking process, rendering the wines slightly cloudy and “unfined,” so you know there haven’t been animal products that have touched your wines.
This sounds pretty great, right? Well, yeah, natural wines are delicious, however they barely resemble the wine we’ve come to know. Because it’s unfiltered and unfined, the little pieces and particles that are formed during fermentation are still present. Think sour beer but made with grapes.
Orange wines are also part of the natural wine family, made by fermenting the skins of the grapes in the juice. These are becoming hugely popular as they come out with an intensely tannic fruit flavor that has a clearer pour.
Restaurants and bars all over New York are participating in this new movement of natural and vegan wines, creating an inclusive opportunity for wine drinks of all varieties to enjoy a beverage. There are also a ton of wineries online that sell their vegan wines, which means you can order them from anywhere.
Here are some tips for buying natural wines:
Oct 23 – 30, 2021
6 nights, 7 days
Milan, Barolo, Alba, and Turin
Join us for a Virtual Food & Wine Pairing with Brooklyn’s Kotti Berliner. Explore delicious döner kebabs paired with wine. Meet Kotti founder, Erkan Emre.
Join us for a Virtual Tasting with one of America’s leading importers of high-quality Portuguese wines.
Join us for a Virtual Tasting with the maker of the #1 selling Sicilian wine in the U.S.
Join us for a Virtual Tasting. The Kunde family has farmed an 1,850-acre estate in Sonoma Valley for 100 years.
Join us for a Virtual Tasting. Great wine starts in the vineyard.
Join us for a Virtual Tasting. Distinctive and hand-crafted wines produced from award-winning vineyards.
Be your own winemaker for a day — guided by a professional on Zoom video!
What’s better than great wine and artisanal pizza?
This tasting will be epic.
The New York Times described Ridge Monte Bello as “America’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon.”
Very special tasting. Don’t miss it!
Four Generations of Family Pride at Pedroncelli Winery, since 1927
The best rosé in the world comes from Provence.
Voted “#1 in America” in 2013 and 2015 by Open Table customers.
The New York Times described Ridge’s Cabernet Sauvignon as America’s greatest.
Visit the famous wine-growing region of Lodi County, California – virtually!
Visit Sonoma County – virtually!
Hudson Valley’s yummiest wine and food tasting event
Enjoy a winter getaway without even leaving the city.
Join RG|NY winemaker Lilia Perez, for a unique tasting and blending session.
Don’t miss the ultimate holiday wine tasting event in the Hudson Valley. Sales end Thursday, Dec 12 at 11:59pm!
Experience a global tasting in 2 hours with award-winning artisan cheese and charcuterie
® I LOVE NEW YORK is a registered trademark and service mark of the New York State Department of Economic Development; used with permission.
© Crush Wine Experiences 2023. All rights reserved.
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-analytics||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Analytics".|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-functional||11 months||The cookie is set by GDPR cookie consent to record the user consent for the cookies in the category "Functional".|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Necessary".|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-others||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Other.|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-performance||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Performance".|