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Wait…vegetarian wine? But wine is made of grapes! True, but like white sugar, wine can go through some processing that involves animal products. With wine, the troublesome ingredients come into play during the “finishing,” or the steps that stop the fermentation. The animal-based fining agents are:

  • casein – a milk protein
  • isinglass – made from fish bladders
  • gelatin – made from cow bones
  • animal albumin – egg whites and sometimes dried blood powder

Not all wines even require fining, and there are vegetarian clarifying options, like bentonite clay. Luckily, there are loads of companies that keep the animal products out of the finishing process. Here is a great list for tracking down a vegetarian bottle!

Of course, if you want to be really certain that wine is animal free, you can always make your own bottle.

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By Becky Striepe, Green Options

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12:59AM PDT on May 9, 2014

thanks for sharing... Veg wine?

4:32AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Thank you

1:46AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Thank you for sharing :)

7:11AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012


1:07AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Intresting post.

4:57PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012


6:13PM PDT on May 7, 2012


9:42PM PDT on May 6, 2012

WTF! I didn't know some wines weren't vegetarian!!

7:57PM PDT on May 3, 2012

Check out Barnivore! I can't wait for their iPhone app. No this isn't advertising, I love these guys!


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Thanks for the helpful tips.

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