Where to Shop for Vegan Wine in the UK
- Vintage Roots is an organic wine company with predominantly vegetarian and vegan wines.
- Vinceramos, an organic wine specialist, claims more than 80% of their wines are vegan.
- Humble Grape knows their vegan wines, but have yet to mark them on their website.
- Tanners Wine Merchants have stores in the Northwest and West Midlands, and can be ordered from online.
- Majestic Wine is a well-known UK wine chain with over 200 branches across Britain. Wines are marked vegan on the website but not instore (they can print you a list, however).
- The New Zealand Cellar is a most excellent Kiwi wine merchant with a small shop and wine bar in Brixton, London.
- Aldi supermarket has a few vegan wines on their list (and are a surprisingly good source for some quality wines).
- Sainsbury’s maintain a list of products suitable for various diets, and include some wines on the lists.
- Marks & Spencer provides a vegan supermarket list with some vegan-friendly wines included.
- The Co-operative supermarket chain sells several vegan wines that you will find in all shops, and they are clearly marked on the label.
- Waitrose also have a decent selection of vegan wines.
- Tesco maintain an frequently updated vegan list. This one is valid through February 2017.
- Oddbins have branches in many major UK cities in England and Scotland, and have a small vegan wine list.
Where to Shop for Vegan Wine in Canada
*A note about prohibition-like alcohol buying situations in Canada: More than a few Canadian provinces are still experiencing what can feel a lot like prohibition on a Sunday afternoon when you just need a bottle for the Sunday Night Sads. Most provinces have a government controlled distribution system, and if you are lucky, your province also has private stores that can bring in much, much more interesting selection and generally have staff who are passionate about, educated about, and most importantly, helpful (they will know how to find your vegan wine!). If you live in Alberta, congratulations! All stores are privatized, there are gazillions of them, the prices for wine are great, and the selection is fabulous even in the most unassuming little prairie towns. BC, like many provinces, has both private and commission stores, and the private stores in high end areas of Vancouver will feel like the most cosmopolitan liquor buying excursions ever, with very knowledgeable staff, but you will pay for it. Ontario lives under the iron fist of the LCBO, but it’s Ontario, which is synonymous with “big” in Canada, and they bring in a lot while their stores are fancy looking. Everything in life is made just a big harder and more expensive in Quebec. The rest of the provinces/territories are mostly provincial store-saturated but selections vary. For example, the Okanagan is one of the best wine regions in North America, but here in Nova Scotia, I can’t get anything west of Niagara. Welcome to a big country seemingly still dabbling in temperance. Do note that wineries, cideries, breweries, and distilleries can and usually do hold licenses to sell their own products, and you will be supporting the winery without a gigantic cut to the middle man. Also, a winery will be able to tell you if yes, they did indeed use fish bladders in their wine.
*Every government-run commission will have a vegan list available, more likely found poking at the head offices, but should be available in stores. They won’t be very up to date.
- Liquor Connect (Alberta) – Giant database listing products you can get in AB, where to get them, and even offering guidance on how to get them if not listed!
- Natalie Maclean: A national treasure! The “other” Maclean (you hosers know who I mean). She wrote a book called Red, White, and Drunk All Over so what’s not to love? She has a wine pairing tool on her site and occasionally writes about vegan wines.
- Provincial/territorial liquor boards: BC, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Liquor Marts (controlled stores in Manitoba), Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Newfoundland, Nunavut
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Websites & other online resources
These are some of our favourite wine related books, ranging from short and sweet to coffee table atlases.
Wine Folly is one of the best wine resources on the web, and author Madeline Puckette’s publication Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine is no less outstanding. We reckon she would be a riot to hang out with and love that she has no qualms posting silly snaps of herself with her favourite bevvie.
Wine: A Tasting Course is a colourful, non-nonsense visual wine resource packed with meaningful illustrations and written in language that is easy to understand but not condescending.
The World Atlas of Wine is co-written by Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson, another well known wine writer, and is a hefty and authorative text all about our favourite tipple. Its 400 pages pack in plentiful maps, labels, and facts pertaining to wine-growing regions, grapes, climate, and more. Wine is a geography lesson, so if you love wine then you should own this volume.
The Oxford Companion to Wine is a nearly 3 kilo compendium of information about every wine related detail you could want to know, from maps and geographical references to science, historical, and culture. Its 900-some pages will keep you busy for awhile, until the next update (they are frequent).
Jancis Robinson is a prolific wine writer with a killer palate who could easily write those of us with lesser skills out of her world, only she doesn’t. The 24 Hour Wine Expert is recommended to anyone who wants to learn the basics of wine, or for old hats who need a top up in basic knowledge.