Monday, February 1, 2010
If you are vegan, be on the alert. Oddly enough, not all wines are free from animal products. Many winemakers use isinglass (fish-bladder), gelatin, or egg whites in a clarification process called fining. These ingredients are added to the top of a vat of wine and slowly percolate through the wine, catching suspended particles and foreign bodies. They are then drained off from the bottom and the wine is bottled. There is a good chance that only trace elements of any of these fining agents would be left behind in the wine, but just the fact that it was processed with non-vegan item technically makes it non-vegan. So if you're vegan or are buying a bottle of wine as a gift for a vegan friend, look for "un-fined" wines or wines fined with bentonite (clay).
Posted by Jaclyn Stuart at 3:13 PM