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Vintage Vegan

All this year’s Prairie Moon wines except one (Honey Moon Red) were rated as vegan-friendly by, the ultimate authority on vegan beverages.

Very few wines are vegan-friendly because most are filtered with animal products such as isinglass (sturgeon bladder), egg whites, gelatin, and casein (a milk protein).

Vegan purists say this renders them unfit to drink. Nissen substitutes cellulose for animal products.


Cyd Koehn’s Ice Wine Enhancer

1 cup ice wine
2 cups agave nectar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
8 ounces fresh organic lavender

Combine ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a slow simmer over medium heat. Strain through a sieve to remove lavender; let mixture cool.

Use in drinks with a splash of sparkling water, drizzle on lemon cupcakes before frosting, or mix with fresh fruit and a splash of the ice wine for a refreshing dessert drink.

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Writer Jim Duncan learned everything he considers worth knowing about food, cooking, and gardening from his grandparents.

Photos ©istockphoto/Digital Paws Inc., and courtesy Prairie Moon Winery.
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