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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Food and Drink: Vegan Wines at Aldi Perfect for Easter



Enjoying wine is becoming even easier for vegans thanks to Aldi.  When I first decided to avoid the animal products often used in wine-making such as gelatin, albumin, casein, isinglass, fish oil, honey, and other fining agents, it used to be a challenge finding out which wines where suitable for vegans (SFV) and which were not.  I whiled away many an hour of wasted drinking time searching Barnivore for suggestions.  Aldi now has a dedicated vegan wine page featuring all their vegan options making it easier to find the SFV wine for you. If you're looking for vegan wine to enjoy this Easter read on for my suggestions:


Sparkling




My standard tipple is a sparkling wine.  I love the crisp dryness, the bubbles fizzing in my mouth and the celebratory "POP!" as a bottle is opened, indicating that the party has started.  I tend to be safe and reach for a trusty bottle of vegan Cava or Prosecco which I know will always go down well between myself, my mum and sisters so I decided to try something new-"Exquisite Cremant du Jura" a French dry sparkling Chardonnay.  It went down nicely and would make a great aperitif at Easter alongside some vegan canapes while the roast cooks.


Exquisite Cremant du Jura (£7.99, 75cl)

Made from 100% Chardonnay this delightfully crisp and elegantly bubbly wine has stimulating fresh citrus notes and a lovely length.

Organic Prosecco (£7.99, 75cl)

This fantastic eco-friendly Prosecco is not only suitable for vegans, but is also carefully produced in line with strict guidelines which prevents the use of no pesticides or herbicides – perfect for those looking for those looking for a more organic diet. It has fresh pear and green apple flavours, with notes of acacia flowers and honeycomb. Perfect for light starters or as a superb aperitif.

Contevedo Cava Brut Gold


  • £ 4.99    
This fresh Cava has flavours of crisp apple and subtle peach. Serve it as an aperitif or accompanying a vegan roast, rice and pasta dishes.

White Wine




When it comes to white wine I always choose dry and usually go for French and Italian varieties.  I was eager to try this South African Project Sauvignon Blanc which I've heard lots of good things about.  Perhaps partly because I sipped this on a sunny, springtime day but this zesty drink felt perfect for enjoying outside in the garden with friends on a bank holiday.


The Project Sauvignon Blanc (£5.99, 75cl)

The Project is an exciting collaboration between self-confessed wine nerds, Duncan Savage and Thys Louw. This Sauvignon Blanc exhibits intense grapefruit flavours with a hint of pineapple for a deliciously tropical taste.



Cambalala South African Chenin Blanc (£3.89, 75cl)

From vineyards in the Western Cape of South Africa, this refreshing Chenin Blanc combines ripe tropical fruits with zesty lime, melon and crisp green apple.

 
Castellore Pinot Grigio Venezie (
£ 4.19, 75cl)
 Fresh white stone fruit together with hints of crisp, citrusy lime and minerality combine to create this stylish Italian Pinot Grigio.



Red Wine



I am very picky with red wines (so usually stick to dry white and sparkling)  and have never found a "house red" for under £6 that I have enjoyed until now.  The Exquisite Argentinian Malbec tasted of celebrations and drinking with friends.  I usually reserve red wine for a hearty lasagne but this would certainly go down well with a vegan roast this Easter.


Exquisite Argentinian Malbec (£5.99, 75cl)

This Bright and intense ruby-red Malbec with youthful purple tints and aromas of fresh fruits is the jewel in the crown of the high altitude Argentinian vineyard plots.

Toro Loco Superior (£3.89, 75cl)

This mouth-wateringly fresh and fruity wine is full of strawberries, redcurrants and black cherries. Hints of white pepper complement the fruit, together with powerful silky tannins which lead into a long finish.


Castellore Chianti DOCG (£4.49, 75cl)


Red berries, black cherries and pepper spice combine to create this wonderful Chianti with its typical Tuscan elegance.

Rose

I'm not so keen on rose wine but know my mum and sister  would both enjoy.

Toro Loco Spanish Rosé (£ 3.89, 75 cl)

Toro Loco means 'Crazy Bull' and this wine is certainly full of life, capturing the essence of Spain. 100% Bobal - a typical grape of the Utiel-Requena region.



I think it's great we can now enjoy a plant-based diet with wine, without compromising on quality or flavour.  I would like to see more wine labels printing a suitable for vegans symbol on their wines so it's easier to find different wines to try in store.  It would also be great to read suggested vegan food pairings too.


With everything from eco-friendly prosecco and sumptuous red wine to fresh, crisp whites and roses on offer, Aldi has something for everyone, starting from only £3.89. Here is a list of all the vegan wine available at Aldi:


Vegan Wines
       
         Sparkling

  • Exquisite Cremant du Jura (£7.99, 75cl)
  • Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut (£10.99, 75cl)
  • Contevedo Cava Brut Gold (£4.99, 75cl)
  • Organic Prosecco (£7.99, 75cl)
        
         White

  • The Grape White Pinot Grigio (£5.99, 75cl)
  • Cococciola (£4.99, 75cl)
  • Cambalala South African Chenin Blanc (£3.89, 75cl)
  • Cambalala South African Sauvignon Blanc (£3.89, 75cl)
  • Castellore Pinot Grigio Venezie (£4.19, 75cl)
  • Chardonnay IGP Languedoc (£4.79, 75cl)
  • The Project Sauvignon Blanc (£5.99, 75cl)
  • Organic Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie (£5.99, 75cl)
         Rosé

  • Toro Loco Spanish Rosé (£3.89, 75cl)
         Red

  • Plan de Dieu Château La Diffre (£6.49, 75cl)
  • Toro Loco Organic Red (£4.99, 75cl)
  • Cambalala South African Pintoage (£3.89, 75cl)
  • Exquisite Argentinian Malbec (£5.99, 75cl)
  • Castellore Chianti DOCG (£4.49, 75cl)
  • Toro Loco Reserva (£5.29, 75cl)
  • Toro Loco Superior (£3.89, 75cl)
  • Exquisite Ribera Del Duero (£6.29, 75cl)
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée 13(£8.99, 75cl)

Visit Aldi Vegan Wine for more information and to view special offers.  Cheers!

What's your favourite tipple at Easter?

Aldi sent us a selection of vegan wine for purporse of review.   All opinions are our own.  (Hiccup!)

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