We at Veggie Option love wine. And we are pretty sure most of you love wine too or know someone who loves wine as much as we do. Meaning, you will probably be just as excited, if not more, than we are for this week’s Product of the Week. We Insta-met Vegan Wine Company, the UK’s only vegan wine subscription club. Yes, you read that correctly, thanks to these guys, you can now get amazing vegan wines (and snacks!) delivered to your door. If you were after a good excuse to avoid going out this winter, here you go!
We asked the Team to give us a list of their 5 favourite wines of the moment. And here’s what they said...
Grape: Chenin Blanc Mother Rock is a collaboration between winemaker Johan Meyer and Indigo wine founder Ben Henshaw. Johan Meyer (aka Stompie) is making waves in the new South African wine scene. Stompie’s wines are all about low intervention and letting the fruit shine through. His grapes are sourced from a single vineyard on the Paardeberg Mountain. The wine is made organically with no chemicals sprayed on the vines. This white is fresh, fruity and interesting - it has a bit of a tang on the finish. This is our favourite at the moment and it’s well-priced. We think the bottle looks fab too.
Grape: Pinot Noir We couldn’t resist picking another Stompie wine. This time it’s JH Meyer Signature Elgin Pinot Noir 2017. Stompie fell in love with Pinot Noir while travelling in New Zealand and saw great potential for the grape in South Africa. Again this wine is all about letting nature shine through. There is lovely minerality with notes of cherry and red fruit aromatics. Natural and organic.
Grape: Sousón Tucked in the northwestern corner of Spain, just above Portugal, is Galicia region. Galacia is known as “green Spain” due to its green rolling hills. A unique microclimate created by the Avia river causes summers to be hotter than usual in Galicia, and winters to be mild and humid. Few winemakers produce red wines in Galaci - in fact, 95% of the wines made in this part of Galicia are white. Coto De Gomariz decided to buck the trend and make this beautiful red. This wine is fresh, fruity and vivid. A great wine at a great price.
Grape: Pinot Noir (60%): Pinot Meunier (10%): Chardonnay (30%) Ulrich Hoffmann has been a winemaker and consultant for over 15 years. He might have continued on his travels had he not fallen in love with both the Sussex countryside and his now wife, Birgit Rathbone. Together they have created a boutique wine business that is exclusively focused on quality. The grapes are sourced from four vineyards in the Sussex region, where the cool climate is perfectly suited to growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. This Classic Cuvée, a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier spends three years on lees giving it wonderful baked brioche aromas and a rich and creamy texture.
Grape: Riesling ‘Dajoar’ means ‘as it used to be’, and this single-vineyard Riesling by Andreas Bender is made in a style that calls back to the traditional way Mosel (a German wine region) wines would have been made. This wine is textured and rich, and just off dry, with complex spicy citrus fruit, and richer notes of melon, peach and honey. This is a powerful wine and reasonably priced. Beautifully detailed and textured, with hints of wax and quince.
Every month, the team curate a wine box worth over £40 for £30/month. Each box contains two bottles of wine, vegan treats (think dark chocolate, vegetable crisps, yummy sweets) and a handwritten guide explaining how to best enjoy the wines. They also collaborate with interesting independent artists each month to design their boxes.. You can find more info and sign up on their website, or Instagram and keep your eyes peeled for their big Christmas giveaway!! P.S. The Veggie Option team know what we’re putting on our Christmas lists this year!