Best Vegetarian Wines

Surely all wine is vegetarian? Not quite. Some winemakers use animal products for clarifying their vino, and current laws don’t compel them to list their fining agents. These days, filtering the wine using options such as bentonite (clay) allows producers to label their wine as suitable for vegetarians. You could also look for ‘unfiltered’ or ‘unfined’ on the label. Ahead of National Vegetarian Week starting tomorrow, Majestic, Co-Op, Waitrose and M&S all have decent selections, but try my wine of the week from Aldi for a total steal ‒ it’s even vegan friendly.

Loved & Found Castelão 2019 (13.5%), £6.99, Waitrose. A Portuguese bargain for your first barbecue, spicy and deeply scrumptious.

Yalumba Y Series Sangiovese Rosé 2021 (11.5%), £8.25, Terrific firm and fresh rosé. Serve with tuna steak for maximum impact!

Étoile de Timberlay Crémant de Bordeaux (12%), £9, M&S. This bright fizz bargain is a strawberry glitterball packed with fruity finesse.

Domaine Lombard ‘Azalée’ 2020 (13%), £14.95, A floral red with balletic nimble cherry nuances, irresistible for its elegant delight.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 15th May 2022 – Prices, stockists and vintages correct at time of publication.

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