Piers Morgan’s favourite vegan winesBy Seren Morris
Vegan Champagne: Piers Morgan approved, (actually).
Despite angrily typing “Vegan wine???!!! What fresh hell is this?!!!” followed by two vomiting emojis in response to a tweet by Taittinger advertising their vegan Champagne, it turns out that Piers Morgan is quite the fan.
Product marketing manager for the London International Vintners Exchange (Liv-ex) and fellow Twitter user, Sarah Phillips, delved into Morgan’s Instagram only to discover that, actually, he seems to quite like vegan-friendly wine, especially of the sparkling variety.
Perhaps a little counter-productive to his ‘vegan resistance’ movement, he has apparently been enjoying vegan-friendly wine all this time.
So from Champagne to rosé, let’s take a closer look at the wines that Piers Morgan didn’t realise were vegan-friendly.
Moët & Chandon
Morgan enjoyed this classic Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Champagne over lunch in the glamorous Beverly Hills, California.
The popular Champagne house’s Ice Impérial expression is produced using Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, and has a fruity aroma of tropical fruits, stone fruits and raspberry, and a round and fresh palate of fresh fruit, caramel, grapefruit and ginger, according to the brand.
The Moët & Chandon range is entirely vegan-friendly, with the company confirming that no animal products are used in any of their wines.
Veuve Clicquot Brut
Morgan indulged in Veuve Clicquot Brut at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in May last year.
Using all three Champagne grapes, this expression has tasting notes of white peach, anise, biscuit and kumquat, with a smoky finish, according to the producer.
It uses grapes from as many as 60 vineyards, and uses mineral products, such as bentonite, for clarification, and fining agents are never used in the process. This means that Veuve Clicquot doesn’t use any animal products in its production process, making it entirely vegan.
Petit Balthazar Cinsault Rosé
Last May, in London’s Kensington and Chelsea, Morgan enjoyed a beautiful day with a Petit Balthazar Cinsault Rosé.
This wine has a lower alcohol content at 11% and a fruit aroma of fresh strawberries and blueberries, and a balanced, round and fruity palate, according to the brand.
Pierrick Harang, the wine producer, comes from a long line of winemakers and uses scientific techniques to develop his own style.
None of the production process involves animal products, making this rosé vegan-friendly.
In this throwback to 2001, on the BA Concorde flight to New York, Piers sipped on vintage Krug, in blissful ignorance of its vegan nature.
While it is unclear which vintage Piers is enjoying in this photo, all Krug is vegan.
Vegan wine, anyone?
Although a lot of wines aren’t vegan due to the use of fining agents which are often derived from animals, such as gelatine, casein, bone marrow, egg whites and fish bladders, many winemakers use mineral and plant-based fining agents, such as bentonite clay, silica gel and plant casein. Or, they miss out the fining process altogether. The result? Wine that everyone can enjoy, omnivores and vegans alike.
To drink like Piers this Veganuary, take a look at our vegan wine guide, with red and white, rosé and sparkling, there is something for all tastes, and all dietary requirements.