LVB’s guide to Vegan Wine

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Surely Wine is just grapes, right? Oh dear, how we have been duped over the years. Unfortunately not. During the wine making process, the liquid is filtered through “fining agents” to remove the protein, yeast and other nasties. These fining agents can come in the form of bone marrow, fish bladders and gelatine among other delights. So some wines are not even vegetarian!

The good news is that there are many non-animal derived fining agents meaning that finding a great vegan wine is getting easier.

The website vegan wines online is a great resource and they also have an online shop.  http://veganwinesonline.co.uk

Another good tool when you’re out and about is the ibarnivore.com app. Just type in the brand name of the wine (or any other alcoholic beverage) you are looking at and it immediately tells you whether contains animal products. Unfortunately, although this is an extensive list, not all wines are listed but this is a good first stop. http://www.barnivore.com

Supermarkets are getting slightly better at vegan friendly labelling but it’s still a bit of a minefield.  Here’s some picks from the UK’s leading stores:

Marks and Spencer 

Not easy to find but product is labelled individually.

http://www.marksandspencer.com/l/food-and-wine/wine-shop/wine-beer-and-spirits

Tesco

Not the best online system as not many of the wines are labelled vegan even if they are. Best bet is to check against this list. http://realfood.tesco.com/media/docs/vegan-list-march-2014-2a5b40bb-0c52-439d-b9ef-8ee908fb0665-0.pdf

http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/browse/default.aspx?N=4294792557&Ne=4294793660

Ocado 

Here, you can actually search for “vegan wines” and an extensive selection appears. Magical!

https://www.ocado.com/webshop/getSearchProducts.do?clearTabs=yes&isFreshSearch=true&chosenSuggestionPosition=&entry=vegan+wine

Majestic Wine 

Another good search facility using the term ‘vegan’ and approximately 42 varieties to choose from.

https://www.majestic.co.uk/vegan-wine

I would love to know you you’re favourite vegan wines.

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LVB Interview: Clea from Veganuary

It is nearly that time of year again. No, not New Year’s but Veganuary. The annual campaign to encourage the average joe to eat vegan for the month of January.

Clea Grady, Veganuary’s  engaging and passionate Marketing Manager, was kind enough to answer some of my questions:

How did Veganuary start and why?

Veganuary’s founders, Jane and Matthew, knew that month-long pledges were not unusual, but felt that it could be done differently, and perhaps more successfully, by focusing on the month of January; a time for resolutions and new beginnings. Veganuary is dedicated to changing public attitudes, while providing all the information and practical support required to make the transition to veganism as easy and enjoyable as possible.

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What is your personal story?  What brought you here? 

I became vegetarian at 12 because I loved animals. In my teenage years, being veggie was very much a part of who I was. I was the girl with the hippy skirts. Present day. I’m Veganuary’s Marketing Manager and can say, hand on heart, that taking part and going vegan has completely changed my life. My only regret about being vegan? That I didn’t find my way here sooner.

How many people signed up last year and how many people do you expect to sign up for 2016?

12,800 in 2015, a fourfold increase on the 3,300 of 2014. Hoping to do the same again so are aiming for 50,000 this year!

Any famous celebrity fans signing up?

Vivienne Westwood has been announced so far. http://www.veganuary.com/vivienne-westwood-is-taking-part-in-veganuary-2016/

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Do you have an idea of how many people remain vegan after January?

We survey twice a year, once immediately after January and again six months later. In 2015, 51% of survey respondents said they were staying vegan, and 49% confirmed they have remained so in the follow-up August survey.

What are your favourite recipes/meals?

I have a load of my own recipes on Veganuary.com http://www.veganuary.com/recipe-authors/clea-grady/and I love the ‘Isa Does It’ cookbook!

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What are your top tips for being vegan in a pretty much non vegan world? 

I wrote the whole of our Vegan Starter Kit, which is brand new for 2016, so that would be my recommended first place to start! http://www.veganuary.com/starter-kit/. A sense of community is really important I think, so if you don’t know any vegans locally then get involved with a friendly group online. Our Facebook group is one of the nicest! www.facebook.com/groups/veganuary

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How do you keep the momentum going after January? 

We move into our ‘Try Vegan, Stay Vegan’ phase, where we support the participants who wish to remain vegan, and provide support to anyone interested in veganism during any month of the year.

As a vegan, what can we be doing to spread the message? 

Share, share, share! We rely 100% on our support network to share our messages on social media, and grow momentum for each yearly campaign.

What is up next for Veganuary and the team?

We’ve merged with Animal Equality so that’s really exciting! http://www.veganuary.com/veganuary-and-animal-equality-join-forces/ Continuing to grow Veganuary and become a recognised voice for social change. Our ultimate aim is to make veganism a social norm, so everything we do is a step towards that. J

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Thank you so much, Clea for taking the time to answer my questions.

If you want to know more and maybe even sign up, check out their website: http://www.veganuary.com or follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Veganuary

Let me know if you’re planning on taking the pledge this January.

Thanks for reading.

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Although the weather seems to be forgetting it’s about to be Winter, I’m pretty sure those chilly days are not too far away.  It’s much easier than you may think to find vegan friendly clothing on the high street and beyond. Here’s my top vegan winter fashion finds:

Sweaters

Coats

Shoes

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London Vegan Bird Gift Guide

T’is the season to spend with your loved ones whilst trying not to spend all of your money. Here’s my vegan gift guide to suit all budgets, for those special people in your life:

For Her

 

For Him 

I would love to know your gift ideas for the holidays.

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LVB’s Winter Running Essentials

As pretty much everyone who knows me, knows that the cold is really not my favourite thing. Therefore, if I want to maintain my love for running (and possibly train for that marathon next year), I need to deck myself out in the warmest running gear I can find.  Here are my favourite finds to make stepping out of the door on that chilly day that little bit easier.

 

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Sweaty Betty Thermal Run Leggings £70

http://www.sweatybetty.com/clothes/bottoms/leggings/black-thermal-run-leggings/

 

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Nike Thermal Full Zip Running Top £33

http://www.sweatshop.co.uk/nike-thermal-full-zip-running-top-ladies-450915?colcode=45091524

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Ronhill Pro Gloves £11.99

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ronhill-Pro-Gloves-Fluorescent-Medium/dp/B00F5OVIHK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449427268&sr=8-1&keywords=womens+running+gloves+thermal

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Sweaty Betty Reversible Neckgaitor £25

http://www.sweatybetty.com/clothing/accessories/ski/grey-reversible-expedition-neckgaitor/

 

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Adidas Response Long Sleeve Top £25

http://www.sweatshop.co.uk/adidas-response-long-sleeve-top-ladies-456911?colcode=45691118

 

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Nike Dri Fit Glove and Headband £19.99

http://www.runnersneed.com/nike%20women’s%20running%20dri-fit%20glove/headband/nike-armwear/running-specialists/fcp-product/9195

What are your Winter Running Essentials? I would love to know.

Thanks for reading.

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