Bottle of Wine and Two glasses Gluten Free Alcohol


The following links are alcoholic beverages that are gluten free; however, manufacturers do change their ingredients, so be sure to read the label and check with the manufacturer.



Ale and Beer 

 The festival is over, but their site is still up and you can view the comments the judges made  on the taste and quality of each  
  beverage that was submitted for judging in the festival.


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   Brandy    Glass of WIne and Bottle of Wine

Brandy is distilled from pears, raspberries, cherries, peaches and other fruits.

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Wine and Champagne    Glass of White Wine and Grapes

Generally all wine is gluten free, but it is best to check with the manufacture to make sure that there are no glutinous additives incorporated
into the wine and to also ensure that they were stored in gluten free storage tanks. Some wines are aged in barrels that once contained
another substance that could have held a glutinous product. This is rare, but can happen. Also you will want to avoid Wine Coolers. Wine Coolers are NOT Gluten Free, because they contain barely malt.

There is also some concern with cross contamination with wines that involves the practice of sealing the barrels with a flour/water paste
 that is common with European Union barrel manufacturers. Most US based manufactures currently use a neutral food grade paraffin to
seal the barrels during the construction process, but there are some manufacturers that import and use the flour/water based barrels. I
spoke with  the Kendall Jackson winery regarding this subject and what the risks of cross contamination might be when U.S. wineries use imported barrels from Europe and the consultant I spoke with, stated that all barrels used for storing wine go through a cleaning  process
in which  the barrels are cleaned using a high pressure test with hot water to remove any flour prior to filling.  I personally believe any loose
flour would be removed but not all of the hardened paste mixture, therefore, I am hesitant to recommend any brands of wines, except the
ones I have confirmed do not use this process of sealing their barrels. Wines that are almost always made without barrel aging are Whites: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, Italian Pinot Grigio, Bag-In-The-Box wines; and Reds: Bag-In-The-Box wines. Below is a list
of wines that I have confirmed are gluten free. The more expensive a wine is the more likely it is barrel aged and that is where you could find gluten.


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     Cognac   Wine Barrel, Graped, and glass of WIne

Cognac is generally made from white grapes. The grapes are pressed and then placed into vats to ferment. Cognac is typically distilled
twice in copper pots, this is called Chauffes. It is then transferred to wooden casks, usually made of oak and then allowed to age.

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Cider is an alcoholic beverage made primarily from the juices of specially grown varieties of apples. Cider generally has a stronger
alcoholic content than typical beer, usually over 5%. To produce cider, apples are washed and mashed, pressed and then fermented in
oak vats using natural or added yeasts. Not all Ciders are gluten free, because many manufacturers add barley to them.

Drink Mixers Lemon Rind




Jose Quervo


Coco Casa

Coco Lopez

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Grappa  wine glasses

Grappa is made from pressed grapes

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Mead   Mead

Mead is also known as honey wine. It is created from fermented honey. Honey wine can be traced to 1600 AD

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Ouzo     Ouzo

Ouzo is created using aniseed, fennel seed and other aromatic plants. It is a considered a traditional drink of Greece. The traditional
way to drink Ouzo is 1 part Ouzo and 2 parts water, but it can also be mixed with other types of cocktails

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Rum    Beach

Most Rum is made from Sugar Cane. Make sure to check with the manufacturer.

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Sake is made from rice, it is milled to remove the husk and then polished to remove the exterior protein. It is polished to at least 70 %
of its original size. It is then washed and steeped to remove all traces of iodine. The Sake is then steamed and Koji and enzyme is added.
You need to always check the source of Koji, it can sometimes be derived from barley. It takes 2 - 9 months to brew Sake. Always check
with the manufacturer, true traditional sake contains no gluten, but some companies trying to make a cheaper sake add rice syrup and
other flavorings that could contain gluten.

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Happy/Sad Faces

Tequila is made from the blue agave plant. The blue agave plant is a part of the lily family. It takes 7 to 9 years for this plant to mature.
Make sure you check with the manufacturer if you are not sure. Some cheaper tequilas are not made the traditional way and could
contain gluten. Mescal is not the same thing as tequila.

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Vodka made from potatoes, tends to have a smoother taste, than vodka made from grains. Always check with the manufacturer, most
vodkas are made with grain. The ones listed below are made with potatoes.

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