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Christopher Strong – Bicycle Gourmet’s Vegan Wine Vine – Part Three

Christopher Strong – Bicycle Gourmet’s Vegan Wine Vine – Part Three


Christopher Strong – Bicycle Gourmet’s Vegan Wine Vine – Part Three

In this post I toured you around some great organic wines. Then I continued our virtual tastings with Bio wines.

Now it’s time to thrill my “only eat green stuff” readers with a marvy selection of VEGAN WINES.And what, exactly are Vegan wines? How are they – if they are – different from their organic and bio cousins?

My “always ready to raise as glass” pals at avenue des vins have the answers:

Winemakers and wine growers often use specific products to produce a “glue” (wine jargon) used to eliminate the yeast residues and particles suspended in the wine. In the wine growing universe, this process is called “clarification”.
A large number of animal origin products are used to create the glue, such as, egg white, fish glue, or even casein, a particle that is found milk.
The workaround is to use a vegetable glue developed from vegetable-based proteins such as peas, wheat or even potato. This is the basic difference in the Vegan wine process.

NOTE: As you’ll discover, I’ve concentrated on pinot this time around. As it usually doesn’t get as much attention as the other heavily promoted varietals.

OK – let’s get down to (liquid) business:

Veganite No. 1 is : 2019 Girasole Pinot Noir 



This Pinot Noir is all about delicacy. Rich, candy apple red in color with aromas of ripe cherries that are accented by rose and white oak. Bright summer strawberries and raspberries make their way out of the glass to deliver a true palate pleaser.

Varietals: 97% Pinot Noir, 2% Zinfandel, 1 % Petite Sirah


Veganite No. 2 is : 2014 Maysara Asha Pinot Noir


A jeweled glassful of garnets, Asha dances onto your palate with amarena cherries, pine nuts and a tantalizing wisp of a far away campfire.. Completely elegant and silken tannins have integrated perfectly to form a structure that allows the richness of the vintage to glow brightly, while still allowing for age-ability.

Asha is an ancient Persian Word describing one who has a clean conscience for good thoughts, words, and deeds with a pure demeanor and performance.

Finally, saving (one of) the best for the last..bringing up the maximum enjoyment rear is :

2019 Lunaria BIB Pinot Grigio


Ok – It’s not as cool/groovy and mouth watering in appearance as the preceding glistening treasures, but with it’s Copper color, the nose is intense, floral with yellow fruits, hints of ethereal; the palate is fresh, intense, and fruity.( Not to forget you’re getting the equivalent of 4 palette pleasing bottles here!) Certified Biodynamic by Demeter. Made with certified organic grapes.

Winemaking: Grapes are sent to a pneumatic press for soft crushing, then the must is fermented with the skins and with their indigenous yeasts at low temperature in stainless steel tanks.

Alc: 13.5%

3 L (3000 mL, or four standard 750 mL wine bottles)


AAAAAlrighty then….this wraps up my “wine for smarties” tour of Organic,Bio and Vegan Wines. With a few bon mots re: their characteristics, differences,etc.

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