Thursday, May 22, 2014

Vintner's Alliance - Wine

Since 2013, Vintners' Alliance has been serving the online community with an exceptional wine selection.  But, what caught my eye was that they recently expanded their portfolio to include an exclusive selection of vegan wines! For a regular website that is not a vegan-specific website to offer this is pretty unusual and gets me excited about the future of the vegan wine market.

Vintners' Alliance sent me three wines to try -- two from Girasole Vineyards and one from Parducci.  The Girasole Chardonnay was probably my favorite. With hints of golden apple and ripe pear, this $15 bottle is a steal and would be perfect for a summer picnic.

The Girasole Pinot Noir ($18) and Parducci Grenache Reserve ($27) were medium-bodied reds that would best complement heavier meals like a pasta or casserole.

I usually view online wine buying as a pain in the butt mostly because of shipping fees. What makes Vintners' Alliance great is that they offer one-cent shipping. Yep, just a penny! And there is no minimum number of bottles to purchase. So you can just buy one bottle, if you choose, for just one-cent shipping.

They recently partnered with select producers to offer an outstanding assortment of vegan wines. What makes a wine vegan?  Well, a lot of wines use animal-derived ingredients in the filtering or fining process. This process removes tiny particles such as grape skins, stems, and yeast from the wine. Examples of products used in this process are egg whites, gelatin, and isinglass (fish bladders). Wines that are unfiltered are usually vegan as are those that are certified vegan or labeled vegan as were the wines they shipped me.

Additionally, they also offer an organic wine selection. To view both vegan and organic wines, go to their website and scroll down to the lifestyle heading on the left-hand side and make the appropriate selection.  I, for one, am excited to see that they are selling vegan wines and hope this new area of business really takes off for them.  Now for a glass of wine...!

Full Disclosure: Although the wine was provided to me for free to review, that in no way influenced my veracious opinion.

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