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January Newsletter

We start off new year with the month of Veganuary, and it seems that more and more people are participating in this every year.  Whilst it is great that so many people start thinking about eating vegan food, it is also good to remind people to drink vegan too, as this often gets overlooked. 
It is also necessary to keep double checking your drink of choice does indeed to continue to be vegan.  For instance, a large cider producer that did have a couple of vegan options, are now saying none of their products are vegan.
Obviously, here at Vegan Tipples, we do that job for you to ensure nothing changes in the production of the drinks we sell.

It has been reported in the papers recently that in the UK, we will now be allowed to sell wine in pint size bottles. As this only pertains to the British market, it remains to be seen how many companies adopt this new(albeit old) measurement. Certainly a few big producers in England have said they won’t be so far – but I guess it depends if it becomes trendy for a while.
There has also been news that the Court of Master Sommeliers has announced that it will no longer use the terms ‘Old World’ and ‘New World’ in its published materials or examination assessments from 2024.  They say that ‘this decision reflects the Court’s commitment to historical accuracy, reducing cultural bias, and acknowledging the growing difficulty in distinguishing between Old and New World wines.  The change also aligns with the evolving global wine production landscape, where traditional distinctions between European (Old World) and other (New World) wines are becoming less clear due to factors like climate change and the global spread of winemaking techniques from ‘new’ to ‘old’ and vice versa. I really enjoyed putting together the Christmas wine boxes and I hope that you all enjoyed the Vegan Tipples’ drinks you ordered from us over the festive period. I’ve already turned my attention to spring and the warmer months ahead. Although we’re currently right in the depths of midwinter, now we’re the other side of the winter solstice the nights will start to get noticeably lighter again very soon. It won’t be long before I’m able to share with you what we have on offer for the Vegan Tipples Spring Box! I really hope to see some of you at our February tasting. Until then...”Happy Drinking”.

And lastly, low alcohol wines. We have finally added low and no alcohol wines that I think are worthy of being included in our prestigious Vegan Tipples catalogue. I get asked a lot about the price of these wines and why they cost as much as their alcoholic counterparts. The answer is that the wine is produced in the normal way and then the alcohol is actually removed. So there is an additional process and therefore, these wines are definitely not any cheaper to produce. So if you are planning a ‘dry January’, please give some of the wines a try.

New wine alert - Casas del Bosque Reserva Carménère (Rapel) 2022 is a fantastic new addition to our Vegan Tipples catalogue. It pairs well with grilled vegetables and chilli dishes: “Deep red with a garnet hue. Aromas reminiscent of black cherries, plums and dry leaves with a hint of green bell pepper are complemented with tertiary notes of chocolate and spice. This Carménère is soft and plump, with supple tannins and good length only £13.99

Wine Tasting Evenings

We had a superb time hosting the fabulous festive Vegan Tipples Wine Tasting Evenings in December. We’re excited to get going again in the New Year with our winter and spring Wine Tastings planned for 2 February, 1 March and 5 April and can’t wait to welcome you along. The events are a great way to get together with friends or family for a different night out and will help you to enjoy and appreciate the wines you drink too! Imagine enjoying drinking wine even more than you already do?

Bespoke wine tasting events

In addition to the Vegan Tipples Wine Tasting evenings, we are also delighted to offer you a bespoke Wine Tasting event in your chosen location. This is a fabulous way to entertain your guests, enjoying and learning about some outstanding vegan wines, either in the comfort of your own home or at a venue of your choice. We'll be happy to outline all of the available options to tailor an exclusive event to your exact requirements. To discuss how Vegan Tipples can help you deliver an event that your guests will remember, please get in touch by e-mailing susan@vegantipples.co.uk

Burns night tipples.........Bobbie Burns Shiraz 2021
The Campbells story began in the mid-nineteenth century when John Campbell, a Scottish immigrant, went to work in the gold mines in North East Victoria. Realising that he might not make his fortune from gold, he turned to the land to make his living. By 1870, John had planted the Bobbie Burns Vineyard and established Campbells of Rutherglen. As the family business was passed down through the generations. It is still very much a family business, with a remarkable history to boot. “Dark plums and blackberry perfectly integrated with the more elegant characters of black pepper and aniseed, a hint of spicy oak sitting in the background. This wine is full bodied with mouth filling plum and mulberry fruit yet the palate is beautifully structured with layers of fine tannin and complementary characters of liquorice and cocoa.” £19.99

Kingsbarns Dream to Dram

The Scottish Wemyss family have had a longstanding passion for malt whisky and their connections with the industry date back to the turn of the 19th century when John Haig (founder of Haig's) built his first distillery on Wemyss land. “Kingsbarns Dream to Dram is light, intensely fruity, floral and balanced, with a rich colour coming from the high quality casks it has matured in. On the nose, there is banana, pineapple and summer berries, with a
slight herbal note. The taste is soft toffee, custard pastry and redcurrants with a finish of ginger syrup.”

Dry January

Giving up alcohol doesn’t need to equal giving up on taste or enjoyment! We’re delighted to have some absolutely amazing low and no alcohol wines in our Vegan Tipples catalogue. Here are a couple of our favourites......

Oddbird No Alcohol Spumante, Veneto, Italy

If you’re still celebrating into January (and why not?!) then this bottle of fizz is a perfect aperitif and is a great addition to a non alcoholic cocktail. “Using grapes from the Italian province of Treviso located in Veneto, commonly known as the Prosecco region, Oddbird Spumante is made with traditional methods and 100% Glera grapes exclusively from DOC and DOCG vineyards. The wine is matured for up to 12 months and then gently liberated from alcohol to preserve its natural character. With notes of nashi pear, elderflower, green apple and grapefruit.” £12.99

Dr Lo Riesling Alcohol-Free

“DR. LO Riesling has just wines... the right amount of fruitiness to balance the crisp acidity. On the palate it is clearly Riesling, but it walks the line between a fruity and drier style. The characteristic acidity of Mosel Riesling helps it finish fresh and clean. If shown blind it may not be recognized as alcohol-free.” £9.99

Budget beverages
Despite our best efforts, we probably all blew the budget in the build up to Christmas and over the festive period itself.  So this month we may well be attempting to watch the pennies.  At Vegan Tipples we have you covered with some incredible wines which won’t break the bank!

The Paparuda wines we offer are all very reasonably priced at just £9.50 a bottle. We offer a Pinot Noir, a Pinot Grigio and a Feteasca Regala,Banat 2022. The Paparuda range were name-checked earlier this year by none other than Oz Clarke as one to watch! We all know he knows a thing or two about good wine

Bella Modella, Pinot Grigio Rose, Colline Teatine, IGT, Italy,2022  “This delicate rosé has deliciously strawberry laced aromas followed by a seductive palate of crisp, juicy, creamy fruit. Ideal sipped chilled on a sunny day or coupled with lightly spicy foods.” £8.95

So what is it that makes a wine vegan?
It’s a question we get asked a lot and of course it’s a very straightforward answer.  We only sell 100% vegan wines and that means that they do not contain any animal products whatsoever.  Generally wines, beers and spirits can contain several animal products, often used during the wine-making process where the wine is filtered through ‘fining agents’.  The main animal-derived fining agents used in the wine industry include blood and bone marrow, casein (milk protein), chiten (from crustaceans), egg albumen, fish oil, gelatin and isinglass (fish bladder membranes).  Thankfully there are many vegan alternatives to the fining process, and here at Vegan Tipples we work tirelessly to source producers who are as passionate about making incredible wines, beers and spirits as they are diligent in ensuring that animal products are not used in the production of their beverages.  The fact a wine, beer or spirit is suitable for vegans does not have any negative impact whatsoever on the drink, of that you can be100% assured!  In fact, because of the care our producers demonstrate throughout their production processes, we find that the end products are of an exceptionally high standard!  Furthermore, they often come from vineyards /brewers where other ethical values such as biodiversity are championed, meaning that you are supporting a more sustainable and delicious tipple all round!

Our Vegan Tipples Wine of the Month is Malbec, Felino, Viña Cobos, 

In 1989, Paul Hobbs visited Mendoza for the first time.  Driving over the Andes from Chile with his longstanding friend Jorge Catena, brother of the famous Nicolas Catena, he fell in love, not only with the place and people, but also the potential to make great wine.   He began to work with the Catenas, firstly experimenting with wild ferments for Chardonnay and then with the variety that would become Argentina's calling card -Malbec. His first 10 barrel vintage of Malbec persuaded not only the Catenas, but also the American press of the potential with this grape.  Paul established his own winery, Vina Cobos, in 1998 and, over 30 years later, Paul continues to push viticultural and winemaking boundaries to the max. This is a beautiful accompaniment to any meal, but goes particularly well with hearty casseroles:  “A deep red color with inky black tones. Aromas of blackberries, cherries and red fruit. On the palate the wine is medium bodied, with juicy tannins, pure and very generous,” £15.99


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