Red, white and rose: 14 vegan wines you can enjoy this Christmas
We all know that the real joy in Christmas comes from being able to enjoy a glass – or several – every day in December without judgement.
Unless it’s the day after the office Christmas party when all bets are off.
But mulled wines present a dilemma for vegans.
Wine can unsuspectingly contain milk protein (casesin), egg white, gelatin or isinglass, which is made from fish bladders, so you have to be extra careful when looking for vegan friendly options.
Here are a few options you can choose from:
Beetle Riesling Trocken, £11.99, Vintage Roots
This organic German wine is full of freshness and fruity zing.
Riesling works well with spicy food as well as with plant-based dishes.
Rabl Gruner Vetliner, £9.50, Marks & Spencer
Refreshing and crisp, this fruity Austrian white is very easy to drink.
Make sure you get a few nibbles in with this one or you’ll have reached the end of the bottle before you know it.
Tesco Finest Picpoul De Pinet, £7, Tesco
With a sharp refreshing bite, this will definitely awaken your tastebuds.
Not sweet and not overly dry, it’s worth stocking up on as it is one of Tesco’s best selling vegan wines.
Le Meurger Roche De Bellene Vire Clesse, £17.99, Majestic
A clean, fruity yet ripe Chardonnay that pairs well with light mushroom-based dishes.
A little pricier, this is definitely one for a treat.
Waitrose Touraine Sauvignon Blanc, £6.99, Waitrose
A crisp French wine that is exceptionally refreshing and easy on the palate, this is a great one to share with friends over snacks and nibbles.
Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Languedoc Red, £6.25, Sainsbury’s
The intense notes in this French red goes well with nutty flavours, which is ideal if a nut roast is your Christmas centrepiece.
Tesco Beaujolais Villages, £7, Tesco
The warmth of this wine screams Christmas, but in a French accent.
Medium-bodied and fruity, this is a wine that will be enjoyed by everyone at the table.
Blossom Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, £6.75, Ocado
A reliable, easy to find brand that has several vegan-friendly wines.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is rich with a slight spice – would be brilliant mulled.
Cuvee Chasseur Rouge, £5.49, Waitrose
Juicy, fruity and surprisingly moreish, this affordable French wine from Waitrose is a great one to stock up on have to balance with more expensive wines.
This fruity Malbec is soft on the nose and palate and is light enough to enjoy several glasses.
Would pair well with a vegan cheese board, crackers and fruit.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, £10, Asda
With strong, deep flavours, a Chateauneuf-du-Pape would pair well with a mushroom or chestnut-based main course.
Les Richoises Syrah Rose, £5, Morrisons
You can get a cheap yet delicious rose wine as this budget bottle proves.
Floral but slightly earthy, this is one that goes well with fruit.
La Serrana Rose, £5.99, Majestic
This flavourful wine oozes the taste and aroma of berries.
A delightful wine if you’re after something light and palatable.
Tesco Finest Sancerre Rose, £11, Tesco
Delicate and fruity, this easy to drink rose will transport you back to warmer climes.
Would work well with a lighter dessert.
You can also search for wines via Barnivore although it doesn’t offer an exhaustive list – there’s a lot of wine out there.
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