Vintners’ Alliance: Vegan Wine Review

21st May 2014

Vintners’ Alliance

Vintners’ Alliance has shut down permanently. (October 1, 2014)

We enjoy a bit of wine, but it’s not always easy to find confirmed vegan wines. Unfortunately in the production of beer and wine, some producers that still use animal by-products as fining agents (essentially a filtration process). Along with gelatin, some of the non-vegan fining agents are casein, albumen and isinglass (think dairy protein, egg white and fish bladder). Sure there are a lot of wines available today that are naturally produced in a vegan method, but most of them aren’t labeled as such – and equally those that aren’t vegan often aren’t labeled as such.

Vintners’ Alliance

Vintners’ Alliance makes finding vegan wines virtually effortless with their dedicated vegan wine section that includes a limited but high quality selection of vegan wines. Add to that, 1¢ (essentially free) shipping and Vintners’ Alliance makes getting your vegan wine an absolute breeze. The following five vegan wines were provided to us by VA as a sample.

about

Vintners’ Alliance was co-founded by Patrick J. Connolly and Ahin Thomas in 2009. They believed in doing so, they can make the process of discovering, purchasing, and enjoying wine better for everyone. They’ve curated a selection of wines that can’t be found anywhere else, including an extraordinary assortment of Vegan and Organic wines. VA offers an Absolute Satisfaction Guarantee: If a customer is not satisfied, for any reason, they replace their wine with something they love.

Read more about Vintners’ Alliance here or follow them on Facebook.

available in

View the assortment of Vegan Wines here. Prices range from $13 to $40 per bottle. VA also offers Vegan Wine Sampler at $70.

where to buy

They are available online here and shipping is only 1¢ for all orders. Please note that due to state and federal shipping laws they are unable to ship to every state. View the list of states that they can ship wine to at this time here.

Vintners’ Alliance

We tried a selection of five different varietals, all from Mendocino County in Northern California. All are available online here.

Girasole Vineyards

Chardonnay, 2011

Vintners’ Alliance

Price: $15
Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Chardonnay
Appellation: Mendocino
ABV: 13.5%
Production: Certified organic by CCOF, Vinted & bottled by Girasole Vineyards Ukiah, CA 95482
Bottle Description: “Girasole Vineyards (pronounced jeer-a-so-lay) wines are made from certified organic grapes grown at the headwaters of the Russian River on the rolling bench lands of the Mendocino appellation in Northern California. All of the grapes that go into our wines are hand-picked from family owned and operated vineyards that date back to the 1950’s. Our Chardonnay pairs nicely with a creamy pasta dish.” — Girasole Vineyards

 

VM Tasting Notes:
Sweet nose but only mildly sweet on the palate. Light and easy to drink with only the faintest notes of alcohol. We also used this in our pumpkin and fennel risotto with white elm mushrooms and the flavors of the wine balanced out the dish without overpowering it. A refreshing bargain wine.


Girasole Vineyards

Pinot Blanc, 2011

Vintners’ Alliance

Price: $13
Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Pinot Blanc
Appellation: Mendocino
ABV: 13.5%
Production: Certified organic by CCOF, Vinted & bottled by Girasole Vineyards Ukiah, CA 95482
Bottle Description: “Girasole Vineyards (pronounced jeer-a-so-lay) wines are made from certified organic grapes grown at the headwaters of the Russian River on the rolling bench lands of the Mendocino appellation in Northern California. All of the grapes that go into our wines are hand-picked from family owned and operated vineyards that date back to the 1950’s. Our Pinot Blanc pairs well with light fare, salads, and pasta primavera.” — Girasole Vineyards

VM Tasting Notes:
Sweet and refreshingly light wine with a floral nose and fruity flavor. This crisp, bright white wine is direct with an inviting nose and an equally enjoyable fresh flavor. This paired well with our leek, pea and oyster mushroom risotto with chives that we also used the wine in. Highly recommend Girasole whites for both cooking and drinking, especially during warm summer days.


Parducci Wine Cellars Reserve

Grenache, 2010

Vintners’ Alliance

Price: $27
Vintage: 2010
Varietal: Grenache
Appellation: Mendocino
ABV: 14.5%
Production: Produced and bottled by Parducci Wine Cellars, Ukiah, California
Bottle Description:
“Each harvest, Bob Swain, head winemaker, looks for a small number of select lots that are remarkable representations of both a given varietal and the Mendocino appellation. While he does not find these every year, when he does, they become a Parducci Reserve wine, the best of the best. These wines are intended to be elegant today and age with grace.” — Parducci Wine Cellars

 
 
VM Tasting Notes:
Sweet with slight dryness that doesn’t linger on the palate. Can detect a bit of heat from the higher alcohol content that also gives this wine some serious legs. The flavors, mild tannins and heat make this medium-bodied wine ideal for pairing with a meal, certainly a slow drinking wine that is not too challenging but enjoyable.

“This Estate Grown and Bottled Grenache is such an example. Awash with the color of ripe red cherries and a nose of sweet raspberries, this wine is medium bodied with a long finish.” — Bob Swain, Head Winemaker


Parducci Wine Cellars

Pinot Gris, 2012

Vintners’ Alliance

Price: $14
Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Pinot Gris
Appellation: Mendocino
ABV: 13%
Production: Produced and bottled by Parducci Wine Cellars, Ukiah, CA
Bottle Description: “Acknowledging the diverse heritage of the Pinot Gris grape, we select individually-vinified small lots of premium varietal Pinot Gris grapes to blend a wine of delightful, bright character and lively flavors As a family-run winery with an 8-year legacy of winemaking, we are committed to protecting the health of our vineyards for future generations. To produce our legendary wines, our carbon neutral winery runs on 100% green power and uses sustainable wine-growing practices that forge deep roots.” — PWC

VM Tasting Notes:
While the other whites we tried were on the sweeter side, this one had more mineral and earthy notes along with the fruity almost honey-like sweetness. The depth of flavors made this our favorite among all the wines we tried. Great value for any occasion.


Paul Dolan Vineyards Potter Valley

Pinot Noir, 2010

Vintners’ Alliance

Price: $30
Vintage: 2010
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Mendocino
ABV: 13.5%
Production: Certified organic by CCOF, Produced & bottled by Paul Dolan Vineyards, Ukiah, CA
Bottle Description: “The vineyards that produced this Pinot Noir are located on the remote, southwestern outskirts of the Mendocino National Forest. Here the soils are rich and deep, imparting flavors that hint at the nearby wilderness. Medium-bodied, this wine is a harmonious blend of flavors: wild berries, luscious cherries, and the spicy vanilla of toasted oak. This wine is the unique expression of a carefully nurtured piece of land, made manifest in each bottle. We do without conventional pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, treating the soil as a living, life-giving system. Our wine growing practices create special wines, while sustaining our environment, the place where we live and the people who live here.” — PDV

VM Tasting Notes:
Fruity with a bit of spice and notes of vanilla. Mild tannins and not overly dry. Nice wine to pair with a meal. Color was edging towards brick, giving this wine a lovely appearance.

 

Vintners’ Alliance

the verdict

It’s nice to find an online wine merchant making that extra effort to identify and label their vegan wines, we can all appreciate when a company helps us out and removes any doubt as to whether something we’re purchasing is vegan. 1¢ shipping is available on all orders, with no minimum. So even if you just want the one bottle of wine, it’s still only 1¢ shipping! If you aren’t already convinced to try Vintners’ Alliance, just check out their ‘Absolute Satisfaction Guarantee.’ Their guarantee is outlined on their site and also included on your receipt: “If you are not satisfied with any of the wines you buy through us, we will find you one that you love at our expense.” What’s not to love about that? Vegan wines, 1¢ shipping and satisfaction guaranteed.

We loved the wine we received and thoroughly enjoyed the variety, ease of ordering, and overall customer experience with Vintners’ Alliance. We look forward to seeing further additions to their vegan wine lineup because so far we’ve been pleased with the results and we will certainly be ordering again in near future.

Do you have a favorite vegan wine? What is your favorite type of wine: red, white, rose or sparkling?

Disclosure: Samples were kindly provided to me for review. All reviews are my own personal opinions, I have not been compensated to provide any feedback positive or otherwise. If I receive a product complimentary of the company, it will be stated so in the post, otherwise, all products are purchased myself for my own personal use. This post contains affiliate links, which means that we earn a small commission if you click and make a purchase. We only link to products that we trust and recommend.

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