Lots of people care about the environment and the well-being of animals, and that's great, I'm definitely one of them.
When I was younger I managed to be completely vegetarian for one full year because of my love for all living creatures until one day I noticed that my body craved meat, so I had to start eating it again. I do believe in cravings as a signal of what my body needs so I tend to respect them.
Nowadays I eat smaller quantities of meat, and only of the organic type, so that I can still have the illusion of respecting the animals a little more (and yes, I know it's just an illusion because if I wanted to respect them 100% I would become a vegan...)
So all my admiration goes to vegans: they do something I'm not capable of doing in spite of how much I'd like to from a moral point of view.
RESPECT, dear vegans! I love the fact that you try as hard as you can to avoid anything that has been made with animal-derived products and that you succeed in doing that. Well, you do MOST TIMES.
Why not always? Because if you are wine lovers and buy vegan friendly wines you usually think you're consuming vegan wines while that's not the case.
I'm very sorry for you, my darling vegans, but vegan wine does NOT exist.
Usually wine that has been clarified with substances other than egg white, gelatine and casein (which are all animal originated substances) is labelled as "vegan" but people tend to forget all the little spiders and insects that are crushed together with the grapes when making the wine...
So I'm very sorry to drop the bomb but, as I said, vegan wine is just - lovely - animal-friendly wishful thinking. :)
Dear vegans, don't hate me for telling you this. I very much hope that after reading this post you'll still be drinking wine, otherwise you would also have to stop walking to avoid killing ants and other tiny critters! :)
So raise your glass to the well-being of all living creatures, enjoy a generous swig of wine made with good, vegan fining agents and don't worry too much about its "label"!
Your truth-loving Sommelier,
P.S. the photo comes from this site