Vegan Wines at the Corkscrew

| April 07, 2011
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- Justin Fox Burks

Finding vegan food in Memphis restaurants and grocery stores is a piece of (egg-free, dairy-free) cake. But locating decent vegan wine is another story altogether. Many wines are clarified with animal byproducts, like egg albumin or gelatin, and most wines that are free of animal products aren't clearly labeled "vegan." Asking a wine store employee for help isn't always fruitful, as many don't realize that most wines aren't vegan. But on a recent stop by the Corkscrew, manager Scott Vincent not only knew about vegan wines, he was able to point to a brand that proudly displays its vegan friendliness on the label: Our Daily Red from Orleans Hill Winery. Since my visit, the shop has ordered two other varieties from the California winemaker: Cote Zero (a Rhône-style red blend) and Alexandria (a white blend). All three bottles are a steal at less than $10 each, and they're organic. Bonus: Our Daily Red and Cote Zero are also sulfite-free. — Bianca Phillips

The Corkscrew, 511 S. Front (523-9389)

corkscrewmemphis.com

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We're featuring another vegan wine, Broadbent Vinho Verde, from Portugal, at the Garden's "Green is Groovy" wine tasting next Tuesday. Will let you know how it tastes...and would love to hear how the two new ones at Corkscrew were!

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Posted by memphisbotanic on 04/19/2011 at 10:02 AM

Vegan wine? Please. Fundamentalism comes in different forms, doesn't it? I'm just glad veganism isn't a political ideology, 'cause who knows what kind of extremism it would spawn.

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Posted by M_Awesomeberg on 04/19/2011 at 3:43 PM

With you on this one Mart. Vegan wines? Why stop there; let's go for vegan beer and vegan water too. The obsession is no different than the Southern Baptists, it's only the subject of the obsession that differs.

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Posted by Packrat on 04/19/2011 at 3:57 PM
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