You Put WHAT in My Wine?!

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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. 

Special thanks to Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits, & Bistro as well as Heyser Farms and Great Shoals Winery

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. 

Source: Barnivore 

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. 

Featured Wines 

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

Darn Good Dip 

Fresh basil dip served with organic vegetables and organic Tuscan bread.

Half-Baked Corn Salsa with Tortilla Chips

A seasonal, warm corn salsa with kick!

Kale Yeah! Bruschetta

French baguette spread with a cannellini bean paste and topped with kale and cherry tomatoes.

Sweet Potato Croquettes

Packed with sweet potatoes & black beans, crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside. Served with guacamole and spicy ranch dip. Gluten-free.

Mushrooms Stuffed with Faux Sausage

Sausage and cheese make this a savory delight!

Thai Inspired Tofu Satay

Thai spices will make you declare, “I can’t believe it’s tofu!”. Gluten-free.

Vegan Zucchini Brownies

Adults and kids alike love this gooey chocolate and zucchini treat! 

Compostable Disposables

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:

PlatesParty 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. 

What I’m Wearing 

If you like my orange Not Your Mom, Not Your Milk t-shirt, you can order one from GoVegan Tees

Lori Hill

Lori Hill

Lori Hill is a plant eater, trash picker upper, climate activist, wife, and mom to 2 human boys, 2 cat boys, and 1 dog boy. On a mission to do all she can to take better care of the planet, Lori created Sister Eden Media, a green lifestyle company, to inspire others to give a damn and live more gently on Earth. She shares tips on her YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and also frequently appears on television.
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