Never heard of veganuary? Well, neither had I until last week. It’s pronounced (vee-GAN-uary) and as you can probably guess, it’s a New Year’s resolution to eat only plant-based foods for the month of January. Why did you decide to go vegan?
Giving a vegan lifestyle a try for a month can demonstrate some true health benefits, and low alcohol wine in moderation can also be an integral part of your pledge. Studies have shown that having a diet without animal products can apparently help the environment. A recent study published in Climatic Change, states that adopting a vegan diet can cut your personal greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by just 50%. Whatever your reason for adopting a vegan diet we’ve got your Low Alcohol Vegan Wines for Veganuary covered.
I bet you’re thinking, what is vegan wine?
As per our article back in August 2018 – Where can I find vegan wine? – ‘Wines that are suitable for vegans’ is in a basic term, alcohol (in this case wine) that is free from any interaction with animals. The fact is that eggs, milk, fish bladders (otherwise known as fining agents) and sometimes even Gelatin are used in the process of alcohol production. There is no requirement for nutritional labels on the back of wine, or any alcohol product, sometimes making it hard to know how the wine is processed and what ingredients may have been used in production.
Veganuary is a concept started here in the UK by husband and wife duo Jane Land and Matthew Glover. What started as an idea in 2014 has grown every year. According to the Veganuary charity,
To date, over 250,000 people from 193 countries have taken our month-long pledge to try veganism. By the end of January 2019, we are expecting a further 300,000 people to have joined us in their journeys towards adopting a plant-based diet. Veganuary 2018 was the biggest year yet with 168,500 registered participants from 165 countries.
Our Low Alcohol Vegan Wines for Veganuary
47 Anno Domini Prosecco DOC NV
One of our most popular wines of 2018 the 47 AD Prosecco is a corker!! Youthful straw- yellow colour, with flecks of green. Rich in mouth-feel with vibrant, persistent bubbles, and fresh orchard fruit aromas. Great balanced acidity, and crisp citrus and delicate floral characters to finish. We sampled this wine when camping, and it really broke down the strong flavours – it’s a great all-rounder!
De Stefani Prosecco DS Brut Millesimato 2017
I just love this bottle – it’s stylish, seriously delicious, and well priced! This stunning Prosecco has a delicate, floral nose which is a touch tropical. Typical gentle pear, guava, lychee, subtle fruit. Bright, high acidity and clean minerality. Finishes with pear and touch of aniseed, persistent but soft bubbles.
Domaine Le Roc Ambulle Negrette Pet Nat 2017
A new wine to the Pull The Cork portfolio, and definitely a wine to shout about!! The Ribes Family (winemakers of Roc Ambulle) have serious respect for nature, which follows nicely in-line with the vegan situation. The Ambulle Negrette Pet Nat has a nice mousse and oozes sweet cherries, raspberries and pear drops. This pet nat is dark pink and discernibly sweet.
Lectores Vini Pomagrana 2017
One of my personal favourites of 2018 the Pomagrana!! The farming used at the vineyard is guided by organic principles without the use of pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides. The Lectores Vini Pomagrana is a fresh and mineral wine. Aromas of tart raspberry, cranberry, and pomegranate fruit… almost a deep rosé.
PolOpuesto Qué Grande sos! Vino Criollo 2016
This is a chameleon wine because it can drink like a white, a red or rosé, and so is quite versatile for food pairing. This is a great wine to drink without food, with low alcohol and a water-like drinkability, it goes down easy and doesn’t bring you down with it.