About Wines: Most commercial wines use pork based fining [clarifying] agents in their production and are unclean. Our dear sister Constance with help from our friends has been doing some research on finding wines suitable for Passover.
Enquire for local availability; best bets are Vegan and Health stores. There may be border restrictions on wines; please inquire from the vendor if wine may be sent to Canada or to your country state before purchasing online.
James, here is the info on wines,
I listed several wine companies that sell vegan wines online. There are a few states that do not allow liqueur to be sold through the mail. People would need to check first with the company to see if they ship to their state. I was able to order a bottle that is delivered via Fedex, the only requirment is that the one ordering it is over 21 and he or she needs to be available to sign for it when it is delivered.
Here is some information regarding the use of animal products to make wine:
“The majority of people are unaware that wine, although made from grapes, may have been made using animal-derived products. During the winemaking process, the liquid is filtered through substances called “fining agents.” This process is used to remove protein, yeast, cloudiness, “off” flavors and colorings, and other organic particles. Popular animal-derived fining agents used in the production of wine include blood and bone marrow, casein (milk protein), chitin (fiber from crustacean shells), egg albumen (derived from egg whites), fish oil, gelatin (protein from boiling animal parts), and isinglass (gelatin from fish bladder membranes).
Thankfully, there are several common fining agents that are animal-friendly and used to make vegan wine. Carbon, bentonite clay, limestone, kaolin clay, plant casein, silica gel, and vegetable plaques are all suitable alternatives. You can check your local organic or health food stores, local organic winemakers, and co-op’s, and most regular wine/liquor stores will order vegan wines upon request.”
In its pure form, wine is simply grape juice combined with a special variety of yeast and allowed to ferment. Unfortunately, many winemakers speed things up by using a small amount of animal ingredients to capture sediment in the wine. This practice of using foreign ingredients to capture sediments is called fining.
Animal Products Sometimes Used in Winemaking:
Isinglass (from fish bladders)
Gelatin (from boiled cow or pig body parts)
Albumin (egg whites)
Casein (animal milk protein)
Fortunately, many winemakers use either vegan fining ingredients, or they skip the fining practice entirely by giving the wine some time to settle before decanting it into bottles.
Annoyingly, winemakers do not disclose fining ingredients on the label. But luckily, you can use the Internet to look up the status of most of the top brands. Just visit Barnivore, which has researched and cataloged vegan alcohol of all types. If you come across a wine that isn’t listed in Barnivore’s database, you can email the vineyard and ask.
Some popular vegan-friendly wines:
Charles Shaw (red wines only)
Red Truck Wines
Yellowtail (red wines only; not white or rosé)
DISTRIBUTORS IN THE U.S. & Canada for Vegan Wines ~ Frey Wines
Here are the names and phone numbers of wine Distributors that readers can call to get more information and find out where the closest stores are in their areas that sell these wines. At the bottom are three located in Canada.
Specialty Imports Inc. 907 563-9100 AK
Johnny Greenseeds Wine 205 706-1186 AL
Glazer’s of Arkansas 501 955-2903 AR
Southern Wine & Spirits 602-533-8790602-533-8790 AZ
Mountain People’s Wine Dist. Toll-free 866 850-9463 CA
Also, check out their Store Locator
Chez Suze 303 499-1025 CO
Organic Vintages 800 877-6655 CT
Constantine Wines Inc. 410 309-9463 DC
Constantine Wines Inc. 410 309-9463 DE
Regal Wine Imports 856 985-6388856 985-6388 DE
Tree of Life Contact Bruce at 941 928-4118 FL
Quality Wine and Spirits 404 367-9463 GA
Paradise Beverage 808 678-4000 HI
Iowa Wine Wholesale Ltd. 319 358-7050 IA
CSBeverage, Ketchum 208 726-0766 ID
CSBeverage, Boise & eastern Idaho 208 378-0550 ID
Southern Wine & Spirits, Coeur d’Alene & most of Idaho 208-746-0114208-746-0114 ID
Wein-Bauer Distributing 847-678-0685847-678-0685 IL
Marketplace Selections IL 309/ 589-0575309/ 589-0575
Stern Beverage 309 787-2337 IL
National Wine & Spirits 317 636-6092317 636-6092 Ext. 1285 IN
Heidelberg Distributors 859 980-0900859 980-0900 (ask for Jimmy Carpenter), KY
Glazer’s Distributing 318 683-2610 LA
Winebow/Boston Wine Co. 617 666-5939 MA
Constantine Wines Inc. 410 309-9463 MD
Chartrand Imports 207 594-7300 ME
NWS Wine World/Merchants 734 324-3000 MI
Johnson Brothers 651 659-2825 MN
Glazer’s Midwest 816 231-1188 (ask for customer service) MO
NSH Wines – Susan Wingart 662 563-7195 MS
Summit Beverage 406 541-3900406 541-3900 ext. 450 MT
Tryon Distributing Co. 704 334-0849 ext. 8153 NC
Republic Beverage of ND 701 282-0985 ND
Republic National Dist. Company 402 599-8280 NE
Perfecta Wine Company 603 645-1234 NH
Regal Wine Imports 856 985-6388 NJ
Organic Vintages 800 877-6655 NJ
Southern Wine & Spirits of New Mexico 505 246-3130 NM
Southern Wine and Spirits 702 876-4500702 876-4500 Las Vegas NV
Southern Wine & Spirits 775 355-4500 Reno NV
Organic Vintages 800 877-6655 NY
Natural State Wines 614 543-0080 OH
Glazer’s 405 943-3833 OK
Mitchell Wine Group 503 517-0350 OR
Penn. Liquor Control Board 274 800-332-7521 PA
Advintage Wine Distributing 843-225-2005843-225-2005 SC
Horizon Wine & Spirits 615 320-7292 TN
Glazer’s/Prestige Wine Cellars 214 823-9272 TX
Utah Dept. of Alcoholic Beverages 801 977-6800 UT
International Cellars 703 918-6333 VA
Select Wines, Inc. 703 631-8100 VA
G. Housen – North 802 773-4707 VT
Young’s Columbia 425 251-9300425 251-9300 ext. 26926 WA
Southern Wine & Spirits 877 532-2987 WA
BreakThru Beverage Wisconsin 800-242-7900800-242-7900 FREE (ask for customer service) WI
Wine & Beverages Imports 304 723-1720 Weirton WV
The Bomb Sommelier, Zack Padilla 303 960-8573 WY
DISTRIBUTORS IN CANADA
ph: 604 739-7804
British Columbia, Canada
ph: 905 828-6695905 828-6695
Saskatchewan Liquor L.G.A.
produces organic wines available in liquor stores in British Columbia and widely in North America.
No Sulfites Added
Due to the reactive nature of free sulfites, most join with other substances in the wine, becoming “bound” sulfites. Once bound, sulfites can’t be tasted or smelled, except at high levels. Any added sulfite that does not react with the wine remains “free”. It is these free, reactive molecules that can be smelled and tasted and react with sinus tissues to cause a sulfite reaction.
Sulfites are measured in parts per million, or ppm. Following is a brief overview of maximum amounts of sulfites allowed in different classes of wines.
Three Common Myths About Sulfites and Wine
Myth: Organic Wine contains added sulfites.
Fact: Under the USDA National Organic Program, wines labeled as Organic Wine can have no added sulfites.
Myth: Sulfites added to wine are a natural ingredient.
Fact: Added sulfites are a synthetically produced, industrial ingredient.
Myth: Sulfited wines keep better than non-sulfited wines.
Fact: Organic red and white non-sulfited wines can last as long as sulfited wines if properly made. We recommend storing them at the same temperature as all wines are stored, room temperature or below. We also recommend that our red wines be consumed within 7 years.