Every two weeks, Gluten-Free Living taste testers sample a batch of new gluten-free foods and beverages and share their first impressions on Facebook Live. During the latest Facebook Live event, they tried a variety of different wines and even a couple interestingly flavored sakes.
And – yes – wine is naturally-gluten free. However, wines with added coloring or flavoring, like dessert wines or wine coolers, may contain gluten. If you’re ever in doubt, be sure to contact the manufacturer. Stay tuned on Gluten-Free Living social media for more live product tasting events. All wines sampled arrived courtesy of Vine Connections.
Crafted in Mendoza, Argentina this wine is a Malbec by La Posta, specifically, the Pizzella Family. It’s a full bodied, well-structured wine that La Posta, which means “the tavern”, says is best enjoyed with food and friends.
This wine features aromas of black cherries, dark fruits, dark chocolate and baker’s spice. On the palate, it shows dense, dark berry and plum flavors along with hints of sandalwood and spice, and even a hint of violets in the finish.
Tozai – Living Jewel
This sake from Tozai is called Living Jewel. It’s described as a light and easy drinking sake and is named after the colorful koi fish that represent good fortune and luck.
There are aromas of white grape, anise, and a hint of sweet rice. On the palate you will find citrus, white pepper, and fresh herbal notes with a long, clean finish.
Another Malbec, this wine is also from Argentina made with grapes from the Uco Valley. This wine features notes of black cherry and dark berry with hints of violet, vanilla, and mocha. It is deep and dense on the palate with round tannins.
Tozai – Snow Maiden
This sake is named after Hanako, or “flower maiden”, the most famous Japanese koi fish. Flower Maiden lived for 226 years in the icy waters at the foot of Japan’s Mt. Ontake.
This wine is bright and fresh with a lovely ricey and fruity combination. There are flavors of honeydew melon, raw pumpkin, and radish. It has a creamy texture and a full body.