Do you like red wine but not red wine that was filtered through fish bladders? Check out my top three vegan wine picks for under $20!
You know what’s sort of a bummer about having an app to tell me if the wine I like is vegan? I get to learn that many wines are not vegan.
The list of vegan below is going to seem short. There are three wines on there. But let me tell you: this is the result of lots of awkward time spent standing in the wine aisle looking up wines on the Vegaholic app. It also represents drinking a few bottles that were not so delicious.
Long ago, my friend Cody and I were members of a now-defunct club called Wine Brats. Wine Brats was all about enjoying wine that you like with food that you like. The founders of this group grew up in California wine country, and their mission was to make wine as accessible as beer by taking the snoot out of wine.
What I learned from my time with Wine Brats was that you don’t need to be fancy when you talk about wine. I don’t talk in-depth about what’s in my glass. I don’t care about a wine’s legs. What I do care about is finding wine that doesn’t use any animal ingredients between grape and glass.
I like my reds to toe the line between sweet and acidic. Sweet wines – I’m looking at you, Trader Joe’s! – are not my thing. As you read the red wine list below, you’ll see that my descriptions are on the simple side.
Top 3 Vegan Wines Under $20
1. Groundswell Table Wine, $6.99
I must have a thing for table wine, because two of the three wines on this list fall into that category. Table wines are blends, and they can be super delicious. Groundswell’s California Table Wine is nice, mellow, and very, very affordable.
2. Our Daily Red, $9.99
Another table wine! I think this might be my favorite vegan wine right now. It’s nice and mellow, organic, and easy to find even at the grocery store. My favorite qualities in a wine!
3. Cline Red Zinfandel $18.99
Don’t confuse red zin with the white zinfandel that my Nani Dorothy used to drink with two ice cubes. I’m not judging if you like pink wine, but red and white zinfandel are very different wines. Red zinfandel is my favorite variety of red wine, and Cline makes a nice bottle. If it weren’t for the price point, this vegan wine would probably beat out Our Daily Red, but I’m a woman on a budget, y’all.
Do you have a favorite vegan wine? I’d love to try it! Tell me about it in the comments, so that I can track it down. For research.