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Everything You Need to Know About Vegan Wine

There's something magical about wine. Experts take the simplest ingredients (grapes!) and transform them into one of the world's most iconic, crowd-pleasing beverages.

But for ethical eaters, it's important to know that not all wine is vegan. Lots of wineries still use animal ingredients as refining products including casein (milk protein) and albumin (egg whites).

To get a little more info on this topic that's near and dear to our hearts, we spoke to the folks at Vigna Madre. They make bio-vegan wine varieties out of Abruzzo, Italy, which means they're both organic and vegan.

"The wines with double certification -- organic (bio) and vegan -- represent the products that nowadays are more in line with the expectations and needs of the consumer of the third millennium, and are produced ensuring the greatest respect for the environment, people and animals," says Sandra L. Vaucher, founder of Nobile Imports, LLC.

No manure is used in the vineyards due to the antibiotics, growth hormone and steroids used in intensive animal farming. These can then seep into the soil. "Instead we fertilize with seaweed and use the green manure of the leguminous plants which through their radical apparatus fix the atmospheric nitrogen and release it into the soil."

The result is the highest quality, healthiest, most eco-conscious wine you can buy. There are currently four varieties of Vigna Madre Vegan wine available in the United States that will be debuting at Seed! These include Cerasuolo d’ Abruzzo, described as "the red drinker's rose," Pecorino, a white variety with a slight sweetness; Trebbiano d’ Abruzzo, a white with hints of fruit and floral notes; and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, a pale red with medium body and berry flavors.

And if you're wondering how and when to drink your bio-vegan varieties, Vaucher offers some food pairing suggestions. Bon appetit!

Pecorino: Soybean spaghetti with cauliflower

Trebbiano: Savory vegetable pie

Cerasuolo: Vegetables Tempura

Montepulciano: Soy stick with Shiitake mushrooms and green beans; lentil soup

(You can follow Vigna Madre on Facebook and Instagram @bioveganwines)

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