Vegan Wine Part 1- Badger Mountain Vineyards

11 Sep

I’m not really a fan of alcoholic beverages—the smell is too sharp and stings my nose and I always find myself wanting something fruity. Basically, since turning 21, I’ve avoided alcohol. It took a year for me to buy a bottle of wine. It is almost like I celebrated my 21st a year late. Oh well.

Part of the reason I did not have any wine is due to the tricky un-vegan qualities of many wines. Filtering (or fining) agents like isinglass and gelatin turned me off to drinking wine. Z did some research and discovered a list of wines that were vegan, or carried vegan versions. However, no one anywhere was talking about what the wines tasted like—that’s where I come in.

Badger Mountain Merlot

Badger Mountain Winery is a certified organic vineyard located in Columbia Valley, Washington. One of the local health food stores—Mama Jean’s—carries a selection of the wines. The Badger Mountain selection I’ve seen there includes: Merlot, Riesling, Syrah, and Port. I will be doing short reviews on one red wine- the Merlot and one white wine- the Riesling.

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After waiting about a week after purchasing the wine, Z and I decided to have it with a quick pasta we made one evening. Using very large goblets made from recycled glass,  I poured us what I thought to be small servings.

The thing about red wine is, it is strong. If you aren’t a wine-drinker and want to start, I do not recommened beginning your journey as a vegan sommelier with red wine. However, that is what I did.

I found the Merlot to be rather strong for my vestal palate, wishing with every sip that it was instead a glass of organic grape juice. The next few glasses (over the next few days, not in the same night) were better, but I found myself still too new a wine drinker to claim the Merlot as a masterpiece. Bottom line: I found it a little strong and a little bitter.

The truth of the matter is, I will have to compare the Badger Mountain Merlot to others, so after reviewing other vegan wines, you will see me refer back to this post.

Badger Mountain Riesling

First thing I noticed about the Riesling—the smell. The Riesling had a much more fruity smell than the Merlot.We had our Riesling with some sort of vegetable stir fry and it was wonderful.

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Perhaps it is due to my being a new wine drinker or perhaps I’m just more of a white wine person, but the Riesling tasted much better to me: fruity, sweet, and without a strong aftertaste of alcohol. I will definitely be willing to go out of my way for another glass 😉

Coming Up

  • Vegan Ice Cream and Blondies
  • Stir-Fry 101
  • Vegan Raw Food Bars
NOTE: I was thinking of doing a sort of challenge like I see so many bloggers doing, but I know I just don’t have the time to think one up or even participate myself. This post will be the last post for awhile that will not be scheduled.

On another note, I have updated my Spiced Walnut Muffins recipe. Check it out!

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2 Responses to “Vegan Wine Part 1- Badger Mountain Vineyards”

  1. VeggieGirl September 12, 2009 at 12:17 am #

    As a MAJOR fan of baking blondies, I’m definitely looking forward to that coming up 😀

  2. aredcardigan September 13, 2009 at 3:52 am #

    hehe I’m not a wine drinker but interesting read:)

    Someone’s gonna be a wine connoisseur soon!

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