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How Is Wine Not Vegan

How Is Wine Not Vegan

Are you a wine lover and a vegan? You might be surprised to learn that not all wine is vegan! In fact, it's a common misconception that all wines are naturally vegan. But don't worry, we've got you covered. In this article, we'll dive into the world of vegan wines and explore how some wines are not considered vegan. So, grab a glass, get comfortable, and let's start our journey into the world of vegan-friendly wines.

Why Some Wines Are Not Vegan

Wines, in their purest form, are made from fermented grapes, which are naturally both plant-based and vegan. However, the wine-making process involves several steps that can include the use of non-vegan ingredients. These are mainly used during the fining process that most wines undergo.

Understanding the Fining Process

Fining is the process of clarifying wine by removing suspended solids, proteins, and other impurities. It helps enhance the wine's stability, appearance, and taste. Although it's possible to let the wine self-clarify through aging, the fining process speeds up the clarification, allowing winemakers to get their products to market more quickly.

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    Animal-derived Fining Agents

    Fining agents work by binding to the particles in the wine, forming larger particles that can be easily removed. Winemakers worldwide use various fining agents, and not all of them are vegan. Animal-derived fining agents include:

    • Albumin: A protein derived from egg whites, used primarily in red wines.
    • Casein: A milk protein, often used in white wines to remove bitterness and reduce astringency.
    • Gelatin: Derived from animal collagen, extracted from animal skin, bones, or hooves. It's used in both red and white wines.
    • Isinglass: A type of collagen obtained from fish swim bladders, primarily used in white wines and sparkling wines.

    These animals-derived fining agents can remain in trace amounts in the final wine, which is why they render it non-vegan.

    Vegan Fining Agents and Vegan Wines

    Luckily for vegan wine enthusiasts, there are vegan-friendly fining agents that serve the same purpose as their animal-derived counterparts. These include:

    • Bentonite: A natural clay made from volcanic ash, often used for fining white wines.
    • Activated Charcoal: A byproduct of burning plant materials in a controlled environment, suitable for use in both red and white wines.
    • Plant-derived proteins: Fining agents made from wheat, peas, and other plant-based proteins are becoming more popular as wines become increasingly eco-friendly and inclusive.

    In addition to using vegan fining agents, some winemakers allow their wines to self-clarify through aging without any fining at all. Wines that use vegan fining agents or undergo no fining process are considered vegan.

    How Is Wine Not Vegan Example:

    Imagine you're attending a wine tasting event hosted by the Black Wine Club. As you're sampling different wines, you come across a wine labelled as vegan. Upon enquiry, you learn that the winemaker used bentonite, a vegan-friendly fining agent, during the wine-making process. This assures you that no animal-derived products were used, and you can continue enjoying your vegan wine without any concerns.

    Now that you know how some wines are not vegan, you can make more informed choices when selecting wines to enjoy and share with your friends. Don't forget to explore other fascinating wine-related guides on the Black Wine Club, where we strive to celebrate wines in all their delicious diversity. And if you find this article helpful, please share it with others who might also find it useful. Cheers to discovering new wines and expanding our knowledge - together!

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      About Basil Tant

      Basil Tant, a highly revered wine connoisseur and sommelier, brings over 15 years of expertise to Black Wine Club. He holds a deep understanding of the art and science of wine, built on a lifelong passion for viniculture. Known for his astute palate and deep knowledge of international varietals, Basil has curated renowned wine collections globally. His intricate tasting notes and insightful commentaries have earned him a well-deserved reputation in the wine world. With his engaging style, Basil brings to life the world of wine, providing readers with invaluable knowledge on tasting, pairing, and collecting. Let Basil be your guide on this journey through the captivating universe of wine.

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