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Vegan Wineries in France 
2nd-May-2013 09:34 am
I'm going to be in France in late August, and was wondering if anyone might know of vegan wineries that one can tour or do tastings at. Any french wine drinking info would be useful - My partner has only become vegan in the past 12 months, and was a bit into the fancy wine stuff before that, so I know they would feel at least a little bit dissapointed if we went to paris and they didn't get to drink some french wine (I'm guessing fresh french vegan cheese will be a bit harder to acquire). Thanks!
1st-May-2013 11:52 pm (UTC)
Answering your subsidiary question, the most awesome Vegusto cheese is made in Switzerland so I'm pretty sure you'll be able to get it in France. Er, somewhere in France. Not sure whether you'd count it as fresh, but I think I would - they ship it refrigerated.
2nd-May-2013 01:06 am (UTC)
Maybe this will help you:

I am afraid in most cases, the only way to be sure it's vegan, is to explicitly ask. And just in case you don't already know (when you most likely do): vegan translates to végetalien / végetalienne in French, but I think the term vegan / vegane is now also being used. :-)
6th-May-2013 03:21 am (UTC)
Thankyou, very helpful!
2nd-May-2013 05:31 am (UTC)
I've just got back from Paris, two days ago. I actually didn't drink any wine whilst I was there but I DID find some veg*n restaurants with wine lists so I reckon they might be a good place to start... go to the restaurant, see what's on their wine list and marked as vegan then get in touch with the winery?

I used www.happycow.org to find my restaurants, Loving Hut was nice! I didn't make it to Gentle Gourmet or Le Potager du Marais but I saw them from the outside and they both looked decent..

I don't know about vegan cheese specifically, but the Natralia chain of stores stocked a really good range of vegan and health food and all I went in had chilled sections, so especially the larger ones I reckon you'd be able to get it there. It was definitely on the menus of the restaurants so it must exist in france!

There was a super looking bakery (that was also closed when I went there - I was too early in the morning) called Vegan Folie's on Rue Mouffetard. I'm sad I didn't get there because I read good reviews of their cupcakes. Also I didn't get to eat a vegan croissant whilst I was there, because I didn't find any. I reckon that vegan bakery might be the place to get one if you're after vegan versions of the French classics.

Edited at 2013-05-02 05:39 am (UTC)
6th-May-2013 03:21 am (UTC)
Croissants aren't something I had thought about, but that does sound excellent!
2nd-May-2013 08:58 am (UTC)
A vegan friend who visits France regularly has told me that as a rule of thumb you have better luck getting vegan whites than reds in France. This website might be useful:

There was a vegan B&B in Paris called "Gentle Gourmet"- they now just run a bistro and cooking classes and probably can point you in a more specific direction- http://www.gentlegourmetcafe.com/en

Also check out the Paris Loving Hut- excellet crepes and quiche there!
6th-May-2013 03:20 am (UTC)
Super useful, thankyou!
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