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Is Champagne Vegan?

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Is Champagne Vegan?

written by Kourtney Linebaugh


Is your Champagne flute ready to toast the New Year? If, like many others, you are preparing with this bubbly celebratory drink, you should know that it may not be vegan.

Bon Appetit explains that the base for Champagne is typically a dry wine made from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, or a blend. Many wines, including Champagnes, go through a process that uses fining agents to clarify their product. These fining agents can include:

  • isinglass (bladders of fish)
  • gelatin (animal protein from the skin and connective tissue of pigs and cows)
  • carmine (the bodies of dried cochineal beetles)
  • casein (a protein derived from milk)
  • chitosan (made from crustaceans)
  • egg albumen (egg whites)
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Angel Flinn

Angel Flinn is Director of Outreach for Gentle World a non-profit educational organization whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making the transition.


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12:33PM PDT on May 15, 2013


6:53AM PDT on May 10, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

3:17AM PDT on May 10, 2013

It's not just wine and it's not just vegans - the potential ingredients listed are not vegetarian either and it is both wine and "real" beer that are affected. You can buy vegetarian wine, but as it is far from mainstream, there will be very little decent stuff available.

6:15PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Hadn't got around to thinking about alcohol (now I've take the Vegan road); so glad to know about champagne...thanks for this info.

3:38AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

thanks i never know it

6:40PM PST on Jan 20, 2013

Wow gross

12:13PM PST on Jan 13, 2013

For God's sakes, you Puritans. In what way are you different from the old Puritans who frowned on everything. Get a life!!!

6:52PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

Very good info. I know someone who is (mainly) vegan, but doesn't believe that wine isn't vegan, so I can pass this info on.

8:56PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

OMW! Never knew that! Thanks

9:51AM PST on Jan 6, 2013


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