Dear wine enthusiasts, welcome to this extensive blog entry that is going to deal with wine and rum. I am thankful to be part of an amazing project called Illustrative Drinking, hosted by two good friends of mine. Check out their facebook page here to stay updated and get inspired to discover new and lovely designed bottles of wine, beer, rum, gin etc.
“The peoples of the Mediterranean began to emerge from barbarism when they learned to cultivate the olive and the vine.” (Thucydides, 5 B.C.)
♥︎ ✌︎ [COLLABORATION] ✌︎ ♥︎
– ILLUSTRATIVE DRINKING –
Wine, Rum & Food.
So, I am going to guide you through the challenge of finding vegan wine. I always thought that wine is vegan, it technically is but most companies use gelatin to clarify wine, which is kind of gross. Don’t you worry, I found some yummy organically grown alternatives at Denns, Graz. They have a quite broad selection of vegan wines, easily distinguished from the rest because of the very familiar vegan label. I am really thankful to be provided with 3 bottles of really delicious wine. I was very positively surprised since I usually get wine hangovers right after drinking just a tiny bit. This time, nothing. Happy wine times. Vegan organic wine is a whole new experience. No sour side taste, no headaches. Very light, very smooth but still strong in taste.
„So this is what wine is actually supposed to taste like.“ me.
I am a big fan of Winzerhof Allacher: 3 siblings producing incredibly delicious organic wine in Burgenland. Trying and succeeding in preserving the nativeness and originality of wine. No usage of herbicides, no synthetic chemical pesticides, no tartrate stabilization, no gelatin, no histamin and literally no fructose. Oh my. What else there is to say? Go give it a try!
VEGAN FOODS TO SERVE WITH WINE
Fruit: such as grapes, strawberries, pineapple and more.
Pane Guttiau: One of my favorite wine snacks, a yummy crispy and thin bread from Sardinia.
Carbs: grissini, bread, pasta… You know where this is going.
If you are planning to host a sweet evening with friends, I might have some very easy, inexpensive and sophisticated dishes for you and you most definitely don’t have to be vegan to enjoy & share them. So go check out some of my recipe suggestions below, such as Fresh Rosemary Bruschetta, Thyme Roasted Almonds and Chocolate & Mint Covered Strawberries & FRANGRIA.
– MOUNT GAY-
But first Rum. For all those of you who are just not that much into wine, there is a yummy alternative. Rum. Mount Gay. From the Caribbean, because everything else just doesn’t feel right. We discovered this piece of art last year on our one month lasting Barbados trip. My favorite Rum and the one with the most beautiful label ever is called Black Barrel. It is a small batch, handcrafted blend made of matured double pot distillates and aged column distillates. In a process called finishing, the blended rum is then matured for a second time in deeply charred Bourbon oak barrels. This unique process releases spicy aromas that are at once balanced and bold. I usually enjoy it the way it is. Pure and strong. You can add some ice cubes or make yourself a incredibly delicious Bajan rum punch. Check out the official Mount Gay recipes here.
Aromas: Complex notes of spice, roasted wood, followed by fruit
Taste: Bold Spice balanced with oaky vanilla and sweet caramel
Body: warm medium body with long finish
– FRESH ROSEMARY BRUSCHETTA –
– THYME ROASTED ALMONDS –
Check out the recipe here.
– CHOCOLATE & MINT COVERED STRAWBERRIES –
Check out the recipe here. (Check out the recipe here.)
– FRANGRIA –
Check out the recipe here.