Win Free Wine: The Thinking Vegan Giveaway, Courtesy of The Vegan Vine

By on October 21, 2013

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The Vegan Vine

We talked about these wines in August when we had the mother of all wine and cheese parties and we’re talking about it again because we’re hosting our first official giveaway. A lucky winner will receive two bottles of wine and two logo glasses etched with “wine with compassion” on the back. (See below for how to enter.)

Also, until the end of October, you can get 50 percent off all wines through The Vegan Vine website with the code here. I’m not going to tell you what to do, but Thanksgiving is coming, and so are holiday parties, Christmas and Hanukkah, plus New Year’s Eve. I’m figuring there might be a good reason to stock up on wine right about now.

To help vegans pair wines with their Thanksgiving feasts, and other inevitable wine questions that come up at this time of year, The Vegan Vine will answer questions about food/wine pairing and holiday foods starting November 15 on both their Facebook page and Twitter page using the hashtag #veganwine.

We chatted with vice president and proprietor Cheryl Murphy Durzy about vegan wining and dining.

Can you give us a hint about some do’s and dont’s for vegan food and wine?

A lot of vegans tell me they are intimidated by pairing wine with vegan food, because so many wine pairings are centered on the meat within a dish. The first thing to keep in mind when pairing wine with any type of food: if you like it, then it is good. If you don’t, then don’t do it again. Simple, right?

A lot of main-dish vegan proteins tend to take on the flavor of what they are cooked in, or the sauce. The richer the sauce, the richer the wine. Pestos are lovely with Sauvignon Blanc. Non-dairy cream sauces such as cashew or almond-based sauces work well with Chardonnay. For tomato-based sauces and more traditional-style gravies made with umami ingredients like miso and mushrooms, I would choose a Red Blend.

Vegans actually need to be more wary of vegetables when it comes to pairing because many big red wines will not work as well. Keep in mind the “texture” of the wine and food. Heavy, spicy food needs a heavier spicy wine. Subtle foods taste better with softer wines. Our Red Blend and Cabernet Sauvignon are a little softer in style, with light tannins, so they are perfect with mushrooms and eggplant in a spicy tomato sauce. Medium-bodied reds like these also pair well with pizzas, pastas and casseroles. And of course, for dessert, both wines pair nicely with dark chocolates.

Salads, greens, and other green veggies are perfect with Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. It doesn’t matter if they’re sautéed, steamed, roasted, or grilled – all are delicious. The one exception is asparagus! It typically does not taste well with any wine. And try Chardonnay with pumpkin or apple pie!

The new vintages of Vegan Vine Cabernet Sauvignon and the Red Blend are now for sale. Can you tell us how they drink? Are they similar to last year’s vintages?

2012 was a great growing year for pretty much all our varietals. We had nothing short of perfect weather throughout the growing season. In our estate vineyard, yields were up, but due to careful pruning techniques and other measures we take throughout the growing year to ensure grapevine balance, quality was fantastic. Although both wines are a little young, they are both very fruit-forward and, in my humble opinion, delicious!

When can we get our hands on the new vintages of Vegan Vine Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc?

2013 should be available in early summer. We just harvested it a few weeks ago.

Please talk about The Vegan Vine Wine Club. What is the advantage of joining and how can people sign up?

The Vegan Vine Wine Club is a great deal. We ship four bottles of Vegan Vine, four times a year, at a discount. Members also receive 15 percent off all orders, all the time. As we continue to build the brand, members will also receive exclusive invitations to events, dinners and other fun times.

How can The Thinking Vegan readers get their hands on your wines?

Visit www.theveganvine.com and click the “store” link. Don’t forget to use the coupon code for October.

 

To enter this contest:

Like The Thinking Vegan on Facebook.

Like The Vegan Vine on Facebook.

Leave a comment below telling us you want to win, and be sure to give us an email address you check regularly (your email is never published).

Winner will be chosen at random, and while you will not get extra points for being intelligent, snarky, or funny, spam comments will not count as an entry.

Due to restrictions on shipping alcohol, and the laws of common sense, this contest is open to continental U.S. readers age 21 and over.

 

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  1. Summer
    October 21, 2013

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    I want to win!

  2. Shannon
    October 21, 2013

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    I would love to bring some vegan wine to my husband’s family gatherings around the holidays. They are not vegan (I am) and I want to show them how tasty ALL vegan food/drinks are! Thanks!!

  3. Emily
    October 21, 2013

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    I want to win!

  4. Adrienne
    October 21, 2013

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    I’d love to win! What an incredible opportunity to share vegan bounty with non-vegans!

  5. Tracey
    October 21, 2013

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    I would LOVE to win some vegan wine for the holidays.

  6. Mark Hawthorne
    October 21, 2013

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    Great contest. Had some of their delicious wine over the weekend. Would love 2 more bottles!

  7. Melissa
    October 21, 2013

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    I was just recently pointed in your direction via The Thinking Vegan, and would love to win a bottle of vegan wine for the holidays. 🙂

  8. Ashley
    October 21, 2013

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    I would love to win! I am always looking for new vegan wine options to share with friends and family!

  9. Ashley
    October 21, 2013

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    I would love to win! I am always looking for new vegan wine options to share with friends and family!

  10. Alicia
    October 22, 2013

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    Yum! Vegan wine just in time for the holidays, thanks so much for the chance to win! 😀

  11. Alicia
    October 22, 2013

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    Yum! Vegan wine just in time for the holidays, thanks so much for the chance to win! 😀

  12. Kelly G.
    October 22, 2013

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    I wouldn’t mind some vegan wine for the holidays! (Which pairs best with pizza?)

  13. Kelly G.
    October 22, 2013

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    I wouldn’t mind some vegan wine for the holidays! (Which pairs best with pizza?)

  14. Sara Floyd
    October 22, 2013

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    Thank you I would love to win some vegan wine! I liked both on facebook.

  15. jade
    October 23, 2013

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    Its hard finding Vegan wine where I live this would be amazing!

  16. jade
    October 23, 2013

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    Its hard finding Vegan wine where I live this would be amazing!

  17. Denise Glover
    October 23, 2013

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    I like wine!

  18. Deirdre
    October 23, 2013

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    I want to win because I’m vegan and I like wine!

  19. Deirdre
    October 23, 2013

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    I want to win because I’m vegan and I like wine!

  20. Alyson
    October 23, 2013

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    I’d love to win and share your wonderful wine with my monthly wine tasting club members.

  21. Maria Wolfe
    October 23, 2013

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    I’m Vegan and Love Wine so I’d love to win some Vegan Wine. Can you tell I don’t like to keep things ‘bottled up’? 😉

  22. Maria Wolfe
    October 23, 2013

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    I’m Vegan and Love Wine so I’d love to win some Vegan Wine. Can you tell I don’t like to keep things ‘bottled up’? 😉

  23. Alex estrada
    October 23, 2013

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    I want to win because I want to impress my girlfriend. I know nothing about wine and she is a pro. Surprising her with wine guarantees me some bf points.

  24. Cynthia A
    October 23, 2013

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    I would love to win vegan wine. Vegan wine for me, please.

  25. Cynthia A
    October 23, 2013

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    I would love to win vegan wine. Vegan wine for me, please.

  26. Ginny Messina
    October 23, 2013

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    I desperately need some vegan wine to serve with my Thanksgiving Tofurky. And to drink while I’m cooking the Tofurky. (great contest!)

  27. Jenni
    October 23, 2013

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    Thank you for introducing me to vegan vine! I’d absolutely love to win some vegan wine! =) thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  28. Jenni
    October 23, 2013

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    Thank you for introducing me to vegan vine! I’d absolutely love to win some vegan wine! =) thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  29. Jason Thompson
    October 23, 2013

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    I need something to drink with my tofurkey dinner on Christmas!

  30. Jason Thompson
    October 23, 2013

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    I need something to drink with my tofurkey dinner on Christmas!

  31. Ian
    October 23, 2013

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    I want to win 🙂

  32. Ian
    October 23, 2013

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    I want to win 🙂

  33. Amanda T.
    October 23, 2013

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    I would love to win because I am expecting a baby boy in December and intend to celebrate his arrival with a congratulatory glass of wine.

  34. Carolsue
    October 23, 2013

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    I followed you both on Facebook as Carolsue Anderson
    I’d love to try this wine cause I’m always up for trying new things and this sounds excellent!

  35. Carolsue
    October 23, 2013

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    I followed you both on Facebook as Carolsue Anderson
    I’d love to try this wine cause I’m always up for trying new things and this sounds excellent!

  36. Lisa
    October 24, 2013

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    I got a bottle of Cabernet 2008 as a gift and it is FANTASTIC!

  37. Melanie
    October 29, 2013

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    Would love to win!

  38. Melanie
    October 29, 2013

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    Would love to win!

  39. Melissa
    October 29, 2013

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    I WANT WINE FROM VEGANS.

    😉

  40. Melissa
    October 29, 2013

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    I WANT WINE FROM VEGANS.

    😉

  41. Michelle
    October 29, 2013

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    I would love to win and get a chance to try wine from the Vegan Vine. I’d pair it with a vegan meal, of course : )

  42. Michelle
    October 29, 2013

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    I would love to win and get a chance to try wine from the Vegan Vine. I’d pair it with a vegan meal, of course : )

  43. Shirley Belec
    October 29, 2013

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    I would love to try a great vegan wine, especially white wine! Since going vegan, I haven’t had any wine, which is 2 months. Please help me out 🙂

  44. Shirley Belec
    October 29, 2013

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    I would love to try a great vegan wine, especially white wine! Since going vegan, I haven’t had any wine, which is 2 months. Please help me out 🙂

  45. Shirley Belec
    October 29, 2013

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    oops please delete my entry, I’m Canadian 🙁

  46. Shirley Belec
    October 29, 2013

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    oops please delete my entry, I’m Canadian 🙁

  47. nicole
    October 31, 2013

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    I love this wine. Since I have been out of work I have not enjoyed it too much. best wine so happy they take the work out of looking for a vegan wine!

  48. nicole
    October 31, 2013

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    I love this wine. Since I have been out of work I have not enjoyed it too much. best wine so happy they take the work out of looking for a vegan wine!

  49. Kate
    October 31, 2013

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    I want to win, but moreover my :family: wants me to win. I’m far more pleasant after the second glass. You know?

  50. Kate
    October 31, 2013

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    I want to win, but moreover my :family: wants me to win. I’m far more pleasant after the second glass. You know?

  51. Jennifer
    October 31, 2013

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    Mmm. Vegan Wine. I would love to win some.

  52. Nia Castro
    October 31, 2013

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    I want some vegan wine!

  53. Nia Castro
    October 31, 2013

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    I want some vegan wine!

  54. Marie Coria
    October 31, 2013

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    I am a vegan. I love wine. Pick me.

  55. Marie Coria
    October 31, 2013

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    I am a vegan. I love wine. Pick me.

  56. Jim Mcandrew
    October 31, 2013

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    I want to win!!!!!

  57. Jim Mcandrew
    October 31, 2013

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    I want to win!!!!!

  58. Jon Rife
    October 31, 2013

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    I am a dedicated Vegan that drinks wine daily and would really like it to be Vegan!

  59. Jon Rife
    October 31, 2013

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    I am a dedicated Vegan that drinks wine daily and would really like it to be Vegan!

  60. Ashley
    October 31, 2013

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    It would be lovely to win some vegan wine because a glass at night helps take the (butcher knife’s blade) edge off of how much it sucks to wake up every morning in a carnist culture. Cheers!

  61. Ashley
    October 31, 2013

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    It would be lovely to win some vegan wine because a glass at night helps take the (butcher knife’s blade) edge off of how much it sucks to wake up every morning in a carnist culture. Cheers!

  62. Michael "Hell" Farmer
    November 1, 2013

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    I wanna win! I <3 wine! I <3 veganism!
    Side note – would love to feature your wine in my forthcoming pub hopefully opening its doors in 1-2 years. Will contact then about distribution in the Washington DC area. I've seen it here at a point!

  63. Michael "Hell" Farmer
    November 1, 2013

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    I wanna win! I <3 wine! I <3 veganism!
    Side note – would love to feature your wine in my forthcoming pub hopefully opening its doors in 1-2 years. Will contact then about distribution in the Washington DC area. I've seen it here at a point!

  64. Gayle
    November 2, 2013

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    I would love to win! Living in a small town, I can only find one vegan wine! Winning it would provide a great opportunity to further discuss vegan wine on social media! I bet more than a few people don’t even know what’s behind the process of clarification.

  65. Gayle
    November 2, 2013

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    I would love to win! Living in a small town, I can only find one vegan wine! Winning it would provide a great opportunity to further discuss vegan wine on social media! I bet more than a few people don’t even know what’s behind the process of clarification.

  66. Amber G.
    November 2, 2013

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    I would love to win so that I could share the bottle of wine with a friend I cater with after a long busy night in the kitchen. Thanks! from karmakaytlyn(at)yahoo(dot)com!

  67. Amber G.
    November 2, 2013

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    I would love to win so that I could share the bottle of wine with a friend I cater with after a long busy night in the kitchen. Thanks! from karmakaytlyn(at)yahoo(dot)com!

  68. sarah
    November 2, 2013

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    I would love to win this! Any and all wine is good wine!

  69. Alexandria
    November 14, 2013

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    I’d love to enjoy this vegan wine in my tiny town at 9,000ft elevation in Colorado! 🙂

  70. Alexandria
    November 14, 2013

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    I’d love to enjoy this vegan wine in my tiny town at 9,000ft elevation in Colorado! 🙂

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