So far, November’s been rad: great reader response to this interview with a true leader personality; time to revamp BEAUTYCALYPSE pages… Let’s raise a glass!
A glass of vegan wine that is.
– you could ask, and you’d be right.
Vegans and allergy sufferers, listen up! A test!
What do you think could the wine in your glass have been filtered with?
b) Fish intestines
e) Yikes; it’s all of the above
f) None of the above, you must be kidding me!
Answer in a sec. Well, depending on how quick you’ll be reading. Let’s give some attention to something different meanwhile.
Wine, especially bubbly or red, is rich in histamine; and histamine intolerance is something that can affect any of us, but most likely those who already are allergic to that thing or other.
Histamine intolerance can lurk behind a huge variety of unpleasant bodily symptoms:
from skin reactions to digestive problems,
from headaches to dysmenorrhoea,
from sleep disorders to low blood pressure.
A simple prick test at your allergist will reveal a yes or a no. And if the answer is yes, you’ll have to exclude from your diet:
Walnuts and other nuts (cashews, hazelnuts)! See thee part, my vegan recipes.
Also any sort of pickles, cured/salted foods like smoked salmon, mustard, balsamic vinegar…
Question: what remains of a vegan hot dog if you’re allergic to wheat, soy, and pickles?
Answer: hot air.
If you have ever experienced digestive trouble or pain, headache, sudden rash or redness in your face, or a runny nose after you had just a glass of red (not the crazy Bridget Jones-y number of alcohol units, mind you, one glass), you should consider an allergy test.
But today I’m talking about wine that’s good for vegans and people suffering from allergies alike.
And why so?
Oh, you might have guessed it, the test answer e) is the good one. Don’t scroll!
It was “all of the above”.
Conventional winemaking uses fining methods to make wines clear or to fix the taste, and those methods can include casein and albumin, gelatin and isinglass. Or: milk and eggs; and gelatin from bones and from fish bladder. Those are by no means vegan. And three of them are potential allergens!
Vegan friendly wine producers today choose to use alternative fining agents (derived from clay and charcoal) or leave wines uncleared. Those smart people understand not only the ethics of being a cruelty-free gourmet, but also the added benefits of eliminating potential allergens from their fabulous wines. Chapeau! Votre santé 😉
Powered by my own histamin intolerance diagnose, I searched and found a German winemaker who went one step further and created gourmet wines that are vegan and low in/free from histamine. This is brilliant for us, my dear allergic vegans army!
There is an upcoming LOCALSPOTTER interview I conducted with the aforementioned lady, the beautiful Monika Maria Eller of Eller Finest Selections. Eller’s family runs two wine-growing estates in Rhinehessen, a famous German wine terroir, and produces finest whites, reds, rosés, and sparklings wines.
My purchase included a rich red Dornfelder (full bodied, with notes of plums and spices), a wonderful blanc de noir Spätburgunder (a very pale rosé, fruity and tangy), a 2012 prosecco (peachy flavours and gorgeously fine bead) and a Hugo mix (prosecco + elder flower extract); I was careful to select wines I would probably like following the in-depth descriptions on their webshop, and I wasn’t disappointed.
My next order? A case of brand new vegan, histamine-free and organic Merlot!
On an added note, Eller wines aren’t sulphite-free – another thing that allergy sufferers “adore” – but I know from a well-informed source 😉 that there’s something in development.