About This Video
There isn’t any meat or dairy in wine, so it’s all vegan, right?! Think again. John and I hosted our annual wine tasting, but this year, it has a twist. All the wine we featured was vegan AND all the food we served was vegan, too.
Isn’t All Wine Vegan?
Brewmasters, winemakers, and distillers may include animal ingredients in their products directly, or in the processing and filtration. When making the product, dairy, honey, and other products are ingredients in the final recipe and when filtering, companies can use ingredients like isinglass (from fish bladder) gelatin, egg whites, and even sea shells. These products grab onto the impurities and make it easier to catch them in the filters, BUT there are many animal-free alternatives in use.
How Do You Know if Your Wine is Vegan?
If we are at a winery, we simply ask, but sometimes, the people pouring the wine may not know the answer for sure. In those cases, we follow up with an email or phone call.
A great resource we use is the web site Barnivore, a listing of over 27,000 beer, wine, and liquor products. We always aim to check here first, but just because a winery isn’t listed, doesn’t mean their wine isn’t vegan. It may may mean that they, or a member of the Barnivore community, hasn’t submitted the wine as vegan or non-vegan.
A great phone app is VeganXpress, an on-the-run guide to vegan beer, wine, and liquor and what’s vegan at fast food and chain restaurants in the USA and beyond.
With the exception of Chrysalis Vineyards in Virginia, all of our wine came from our home state of Maryland. #BuyLocal!
Boordy Vineyards, 2015 Pinot Gris
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, 2014 Chardonnay Unoaked
Black Ankle Vineyards, 2014 Grüner Veltliner
Elk Run, 2013 Gewürztraminer
Boordy Vineyards, 2014 Petit Cabernet Sauvignon
Great Shoals Winery, Chambourcin
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, 2012 Comus
Linganore Winecellars, 2013 Bacioni
Chrysalis Vineyards, 2014 Sarah’s Patio Red
Our all-vegan menu features dishes whose recipes you can find right here on Sister Eden, with the exception of the brownies which are from The Live In Kitchen.
Fresh basil dip served with organic vegetables and organic Tuscan bread.
A seasonal, warm corn salsa with kick!
French baguette spread with a cannellini bean paste and topped with kale and cherry tomatoes.
Packed with sweet potatoes & black beans, crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside. Served with guacamole and spicy ranch dip. Gluten-free.
Sausage and cheese make this a savory delight!
Thai spices will make you declare, “I can’t believe it’s tofu!”. Gluten-free.
Adults and kids alike love this gooey chocolate and zucchini treat!
When we entertain , we always aim to use dishware, stemware, and silverware (less waste!). But if we have a large crowd, we always use compostable disposables which we then put in our curbside compost. Important note: they won’t break down in backyard compost! Trust me! We’ve tried!
If you don’t have curbside compost, then toss it in your trash. It is going to break down much more quickly than plastics and will take less energy to break down vs. sending plastic to a recycling facility.
Products we used:
Plates – Party City carries a line of disposable paper products called eco party made from 100% biodegradable compostable sugar cane fiber. They are sturdier than paper plates, microwave safe, can handle boiling liquid, can be frozen and are oil resistant.
Cups – Party City also carries Greenware™ cups which are made from plants, not petroleum. They are available in many sizes and are just as strong as petroleum-based plastic, but will compost in a commercial facility in 50 days.
Cutlery – our local food co-op carries World Centric utensils which biodegrade in 120 days in a commercial facility. You can also find these at Whole Foods or just check the store locator on the World Centric web site.