Most everyone is aware that ALL of the wines that we create at BHV are "UNFILTERED" Wines. They are "NEVER" filtered in any way! This enables us to retain all the 'Taste, Flavor and Bouquet' of the grape and the fruit. We are proud of this distinction and display "Unfiltered' on the front label of every bottle of wine that we make. As we know, wineries that Filter their wines Never tell us that their wines are 'Filtered'.
Well, we should care very much.
There is a very clear distinction between the makers of 'Unfiltered' and 'Filtered' wines. The makers of most 'Filtered' wines blend their wines for consistency of color and filter their wines for clarity (clearness). Then, after the filtering process, most add "Hints" and "Notes" of various flavors to their wines. The 'Stuff' that most makers of 'Filtered' wines use to filter their wines are called "Fining Agents".
Below, for the first time, we are going to list some of these 'Fining Agents'. The first list are Fining Agents that are commonly used. The second list of Fining Agents are the alternatives that could/should be used and are animal friendly.
These are the "Fining Agents" that are commonly used:
* Dried Blood Powder
* Egg Whites
* Animal Albumin
* Casein & Potassium Caseinate (Milk Proteins)
* Gelatin (Derived from Bones)
* Isinglass (Derived from the Swim Bladders of Fish)
* Chitin/Chitosan (Derived from the Shells of Crabs or Lobsters)
These are the "Fining Agents" that could/should be used:
* Bentonite Clay
* Kaolin Clay
* Plant Casein
* Silica Gel
* Vegetable Plaques
Since wineries that Filter their wines never tell us that their wines are Filtered, there is no easy way to tell which list of Fining Agents that they are using.
So, as you can see, there is a very clear distinction between how "Unfiltered" wines are created and how "Filtered" wines are made. If you are a "Vegan/Vegetarian" or a patron of fine wines, your choice is simple. "Unfiltered" wines are Always..."Vegan/Vegetarian " approved and, should be, the first choice for us all!
Salute and Happy Days.....