MyCityLife | 07 October 2019

Throwing a cheese and wine night? Lucky you! There’s no better way to celebrate the end of a working week than enjoying a glass or two of rosé accompanied by a delectable cheese board with friends. But uh-oh, a couple of your vegan friends will be joining you, making the task of accommodating them harder than you thought (did you know not all wine is vegan?). Never fear, a list of the best vegan products are here to ensure your next cheese and wine night will go off without a hitch.

Unbeknown to most, not all wines are vegan. Searching for the perfect vegan refreshment can make your afternoon trip to the bottle shop tedious and prolonged. This is where Poppy the Frenchie comes in. Named after the family’s French Bulldog, Poppy the Frenchie offers a refreshingly crisp rosé and a delicate Grenache. Paggy, the winemaker, handpicks the wines from hand pruned vines, making Poppy the Frenchie the ultimate home-grown wine.  After releasing their first bottle of rosé in 2017, they made the Hot 100 Wines of South Australia list. The best part? There’s no difference in taste with this vegan wine!

Cheese, arguably the most difficult vegan treat to master. Luckily, the stars have aligned, and Sprout and Kernel have perfected the recipe so you don’t have to! After taking over the company in 2015, Maria and her husband Ben have created a naturally sourced cheese made with minimal ingredients that boast a (surprisingly) cheesy taste. Sprout and Kernel offer five different cheeses to suit all; classic, aged, chive, peppercorn and herb. If you’re after a vegan cheese that tastes like the real deal, look no further.

No cheese board is complete without a dip. Wombat Valley has created nine vegan dips, and each one looks as good as the last. With their dips available in over 100 locations across Australia, the convenience paired with the price makes Wombat Valley dips a must. Six variations of pesto dip are on offer as well as a taramasalata, chickpea and coriander dip and a chargrilled vegetable dip. With options this good, you’ll be walking away with more than one.

What’s cheese without the perfect cracker? Mary’s Gone Crackers is one of many “accidentally vegan” brands that you’ll find in any local store. All bases are covered when it comes to Mary’s Gone Cracker’s products. They are vegan, gluten free and nut free – the trifecta. You’ll be able to get your hands on Original Crackers, Super-Seed crackers and their Real Thin Crackers, to suit all cheese and wine night attendees.

Poppy the Frenchie, Sprout and Kernel and Wombat Valley will all be exhibiting at Brisbane’s Good Food and Wine Show on the October 25 - 27, so grab your tickets here for a weekend of feasting.


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