These 3 wines are together on the shelf of most Co-op stores; however one of them is different to the others – can you guess which one?
It may not be obvious, but the difference is that the Finca Las Moras Argentina Pinot Grigio is a vegan wine.
The Co-op stocks a large range of vegan wines and the only way to spot this is the ‘suitable for vegans’ label on the back.
Most people won’t know the difference but to a vegan customer, checking labels is a key part of food shopping. Veganism is a ‘way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing and any other purpose’.
Yet what makes wine vegan?
Its part of the final process, where the wine goes through ‘fining’ to clear any impurities and produce a crisper colour and flavour. Some fining agents are made with gelatine (collagen from animal skin, bones and fish bladder) whilst others use egg whites but our two vegan wines use Bentonite, a form of clay to clear the impurities. Some producers leave the wine for longer to settle any sediment naturally. Victoria Moore from The Telegraph visited a winery in Rioja, Spain and explains this in more detail in this article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/wine/10801226/The-rise-of-vegetarian-wine.html
Overall, The Co-op stocks over 130 vegan wines, beers and spirits and is the majority of the vegan products available. So why not enjoy a glass along with a bowl of our vegan friendly TI Sweet Chilli crisps.