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Frances Gonzalez, Founder 

 

Frances Gonzalez, the founder of Vegan Wines, chooses wines that are free of animal products from the soil to the glass for her wine clubs. But she wants people to know that her specially selected wines are for all wine drinkers – not just vegans.

 

Everyone can enjoy, benefit from, and make a difference by choosing to drink vegan wine. Frances has strict guidelines for the wines featured by Vegan Wines and those bottles with her happy, wine-drinking cow logo.

 

When selecting a wine for her clubs, the very first rule is that the wine must taste exceptional. Vegan or not, as a friend in the restaurant industry says, “The juice must taste good.” After a tasting, she arranges meetings to visit, research, and learn more about the winemaking process to help her decide what she’ll bring back to the Vegan Wines team. Wine labels rarely disclose ingredients, like egg whites, fish bladders, or milk proteins. After she has vetted a wine to ensure that it’s not only vegan, but also ethically and environmentally conscious, the team must experience the wine together before the bottle finally makes it to the wine portfolio. They must genuinely feel that the wine tastes great, learn about its winemaking process and the vineyard where the grapes are grown, and decide that it will be suitable for enough palates before introducing it to Vegan Wines.

 

Vegan Wines features wine made from grapes grown with the theory that “less is more.” Frances visits every vineyard to research and learn about the overarching “story” of the wine, from the grape to the glass. Vegan Wines partners with farmers who use natural fertilizers, like green manure (also known as cover crops) which add nutrients to the soil beneath the grapevines without the use of animal products. These farmers and grape growers pay close attention to the soil and understand that they must do their part to fight against climate change.

 

Vegan Wines also says no the use of manure as a fertilizer, because oftentimes, manure comes from farm factories in which the animals contain chemicals and antibiotics which are transferred in their manure to the soil and then onto the grapes, the wines, and our bodies. Frances looks for grape growers who refrain from using animal products in the fertilization process, as she, like many, believes this leads to harvesting better grapes and creating a better overall product.

 

Vegan Wines has a portfolio of just over 40 wine varieties. Vegan Wines features wine made from grapes grown with the theory that “less is more.” Frances visits every vineyard to research and learn about the overarching “story” of the wine, from the grape to the glass.

 

Vegan Wines partners with farmers who use natural fertilizers, like green manure (also known as cover crops) which add nutrients to the soil beneath the grapevines without the use of animal products. These farmers and grape growers pay close attention to the soil and understand that they must do their part to fight against climate change.