Product Review: Co-operative Sicilian Red Wine: Nice, Spicy, Not Vegan
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Dammit, I've given it all away in the title now, haven't I? Well, I will try to elaborate a little further, in the hope of providing the fullest and most informative product review for this really quite acceptable vinous product possible.
Co-operative Sicilian Red Wine is a red wine that is part of the own brand range offered by the supermarket side of the Co-operative group in the UK. It is a red wine. (No! Fancy that!) Wait 'cause there's more. Its percentage proof is twelve per cent, which is quite respectable if your main aim is getting cheaply bladdered. (Although if that's the case you should really be searching for thirteen or fourteen per cent. Or cheap sherry that will give you the godawfullest hangover on god's green earth.) I said cheaply, right? This is one of the cheaper wines in the Co-operative range: well under four quid. In a recession you need to save money: in a recession you probably need to get, ahem, a little ethanolic mood assistance more than ever before.
One aspect of buying wine from the Co-op that I truly appreciate, compared to most retailers, is the full and detailed nature of their product information labelling. This includes all kind of bits and bobs – recyclability, allergy advice, filtration methods – but, most importantly for a vegan or anyone who loves/lives with one, information on any animal contents and suitability for vegans and vegetarians. (And the things you get to know this way about possible wine ingredients and methods of filtration of sediment. I mean, eggs in wine? Why? How? When? And fish... well, it's a fact (in some cases.) I just don't want to think about it too much.
The important point: is Co-operative Sicilian Red Wine suitable for vegans? No it ain't! Don't forget it, and if you're buying for a vegan then bear it in mind!