Katherine Cole - Vegan Wine Picks

Here are the Holiday Vegan Wine picks from wine columnist Katherine Cole who writes for the Oregonian and MIX magazine!

2010 Ponzi "Tavola" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($23): Katherine enjoys second-generation vintner Luisa Ponzi's smooth and elegant winemaking style. The "Tavola" is a delicious red for food matching, with notes of fresh red cherry and raspberry. A quarter of the wine aged in new French oak barrels, which means that there's just a hint of vanilla rounding out this well-priced pinot. And it's unfined, which means that no animal products were used in its production. Go to ponziwines.com for more information.

NV 2010 R. Stuart & Co. "Rosé d'Or" Oregon Sparkling Wine ($35): Katherine loves R. Stuart & Co.'s web site because it clearly states which of its wines are vegan. And what better way to celebrate the holidays than with a gorgeous sparkling rosé? This creamy and luxurious bubbly is 70 percent pinot noir and 30 percent chardonnay, sourced from two excellent organically farmed vineyards. It can carry your meal from aperitifs all the way through the dessert course; and the festive label makes it a great gift. Go to rstuartandco.com for more information.'

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