Two Latin entrepreneurs, Jessica Contreras of Fuego Fino, Inc, and Frances Gonzalez of Vegan Wines, come together to create vegan wine and spirits more accessible to consumers.
“Plant-based and planet-friendly is a powerful combination, not to mention the fact that we are two Latin women who are finding ways to work and build with one another. This is a win-win for our respective communities — and for female-founded ventures as a whole. It shows that when we come together, we can bring opportunity and change to the market,” says CEO Jessica Contreras.
AREN’T ALL WINES AND SPIRITS VEGAN?
No. The primary reason why wines and spirits are not vegan has to do with the way that producers clean up the product’s appearance, which normally entails the usage of gelatins from creatures, milk, and fish proteins. This process is called”fining.” Typically, producers use the animal-based proteins to act like magnets and pull in the muddy elements in young wines to easily eliminate them. The most typically used fining proteins are gelatin (animal protein), casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), and isinglass (fish bladder protein).
ABOUT FRANCES GONZALEZ OF VEGAN WINES
Frances is originally from New York, NY and is a seasoned professional from the wine industry. As a vegetarian wine expert, she currently serves as President of Vegan Wines, a completely vegan-friendly wine bar. Vegan Wines was founded in 2017 and concentrates on providing members with advice on the flavor, fashion, quality, and area of each hand-picked wine, in Addition to the history and winemaking process according to the vineyard owners a