Most of us have experienced the pain of a hangover, but what if there was a way we could drink wine to help reduce the risk?
While exessive drinking will almost guarantee a hangover, there could be a way you could prevent the severity. While consuming less will always help, there is a type of wine that will reduce the strength of your hangover - and that is, vegan wine.
But vegan wine is not just for vegans - as the trend continues to grow due to its wide selection of benefits. And to best explain them, BWS Learning Partner, Simon Wilson is here to help:
"Many people are opting to drink vegan wines in a bid to lead a healthier lifestyle and be environmentally conscious," Simon details. "Whether the decision to gravitate towards a vegan diet is made out of choice or necessity, people are starting to be more aware of what ingredients are in the alcohol they are drinking."
And while vegan wine has a variety of benefits across multiple platforms, one of its strongest drawcards is its lack of sulfites - a chemical found in regular wines that can create stronger hangovers.
While all wines can contain some traces of natural sulfites created in fermentation, vegan wines have a much lower levels as most regular winemakers add extra sulfite chemicals to stabilise and enhance flavour.
But if you're thinking that vegan wine won't taste as good, you'd be wrong.
"Many vegan winemakers choose to have a 'minimal-intervention' approach and treat the grapes very carefully in the winery, and do not use any fining agents at all" Simon explains.
"A misconception is that vegan wine tastes significantly different. However, the taste of wine is predominantly down to the region, quality of grapes and the skill of the winemaker!", he adds.
In fact, Simon says that by not interferring in the wine process can benefit the taste of the wine. As he says, "The quality or flavour is not altered or impaired because a wine is vegan – it can often have a more fruit forward and vibrant taste."
And as Simon says that matching the delicate flavours of vegan wine with vegan food does require thought, he does the work for you: "Raw vegetable dishes work better with lighter whites and heartier lentil dishes work well with a richer vegan red," he reveals.
If you want to get on the vegan wine bandwagon, here are some bottles to start with:
The Vegan Wine Project Shiraz
Be eco-friendly while enjoying The Vegan Wine Project Shiraz. This vegan-friendly beauty blends flavours of wild berries & plum with a touch of chocolate and exotic spices. Soft and silky with fine tannins, the finish is full of lingering fruity notes.
Wild Lands Red Field Blend
Wild Lands Red Field Blend Riverland lives up to its name with its bright and vibrant colour. Sourced from multiple varieties which are hand selected and co-fermented, this vegan-friendly wine is perfect to enjoy with delicious homemade meals.
Yalumba Y Series Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigio is an Italian white wine style that's the new kid on the block in the Aussie white wine scene. This Yalumba Y Pinot Grigio is full of sass and spice and a great one to match with a wide variety of food styles.
Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne NV
Bright, fruity and elegant, Moet Chandon Brut Imperial is one of the world's most loved Champagnes. Popping the cork on a bottle of Moet is the ultimate way to celebrate in style. It also makes the perfect gift for a loved one or host.
The Indigo Organic Grape Growers Collective Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromatic and deep red in colour, Indigo Organic Growers Cabernet Sauvignon offers a juicy palate of sweet berry flavours with an earthy underside. Finished with a fine yet firm tannin, this wine is great for pairing with your favourite steak.