Just In Case You Thought Your Wine Was Vegan
on 01/05/15 at 10:20 amWine
However, many people who adhere to a vegan diet refrain from consuming any food or drink that is processed using animal products as well as the animal products themselves. Unfortunately for vegans, some wines are processed using animal products.
The culprit: a process called fining.
The fining process, when it is used, allows wine makers to remove unwanted compounds from wine either before or after the juice is fermented. There are several reasons that a wine maker might elect to fine his wine, according to Jim Law, the owner and wine maker of Linden Vineyard in Virginia. One reason is to clarify the wine. Another reason might be to fine-tune the taste or correct an imperfection. There are other reasons, but most fining is done to address these two issues.
But before getting into the whys of fining, it’s helpful to know what the fining process does.