Check your local wine shops for vegan wines. The store managers should have the information you’ll need to be sure the wines are vegan/vegetarian. You can also find wines on-line.
Ventura Chardonnay (Vegan) 2008 — From Chile, this is for the Chardonnay lover. It has aromas of tropical fruit and flowers, and a creaminess on the palate with butterscotch and hazelnut on the finish. Pair this will mac and cheese with tofu and broccoli. Non-vegans can pair with lobster bisque or grilled scallops over lemon risotto.
Chiusa Grande Trebbiano D’Abruzzo DOC (Vegan) 2008 — This Italian wine has a golden color with soft notes of flowers and alfalfa. It has ripe stone fruit flavors and a light almond note on the finish. It is moderately light in body and will pair well with pasta dressed in traditional olive oil and garlic.
Holmes Sauvignon Blanc (Vegan) 2008 — This New Zealand wine won a Silver Medal at the 2008 Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Traditional aromas of fresh herbs and ripe melon and it has a crispness to it with peach, gooseberry and a nice touch of minerality. Pear with pea risotto. Non-vegans can pair with seafood bisque, frittata.
Holmes Pinot Noir (Vegan) 2006 — From New Zealand this Pinot Noir is aged in French oak barriques. It has savory spice, plum and oak aromas with flavors of raspberry and cherry with just a hint of violet and spice. This pairs with tofu with seared sesame kale. For non-vegans pair with grilled or poached salmon or lamb.
Organic Vintners Pinot Noir (Vegan) 2007 — From the Redwood Valley in California this is the perfect food friendly Pinot Noir. It has a sweet spiciness on the nose. On the palate, earthy, black fruit and smoky spice flavors. Pair with portobello burgers. Non-vegans pair with grilled salmon, tuna.
Organic Vintners Merlot (Vegan) 2007 — This Merlot from California has tea, roses and berry aromas. It has ripe prune and plum with baked cherry fruit, spice and herb flavors. Pair with spinach lasagna and vegetable soups.
SPARKLING WINES FOR EVERYDAY AND SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS
Giol Prosecco IGT (Vegan) 2008 — A semi-sparkling Prosecco from Italy is just right for everyday drinking. It has aromas of green apple, hints of peach and apple blossom. This wine is crisp and light which makes it a great match for herb risottos, spinach crepes. Non-vegans can pair with shellfish and seafood, smoked salmon appetizers.
Can Vendrell Cava Brut Reserva (Vegan) NV, Penedes — Spanish Cava is the perfect celebratory wine. This cava has notes of floral and citrus. It is lively and fresh with creamy lemon and peach that is accented with a nuttiness and yeast notes on the finish.
Fleury Fleur de l’Europe Brut (Biodynamic, Vegan)NV, Champagne — Celebrate with Champagne. This is a full bodied and complex Champagne with aromas of yeast, toast, apple and floral. It has a creamy palate, with yeast and nutty flavors and layers of ginger, berry and a hint of coconut on the finish.