5 Best Non-Alcoholic Wines to drink in 2020
Non-alcoholic drinks have stolen the spotlight over the last couple of years, with more non-alcoholic wine, beer and spirits choice than ever. As these drinks get more love, the makers keep refining their craft, producing more top-shelf alcohol-free beverages. So if you’re in the market for a new teetotalling tipple, now is a great time to make the switch.
Non-alcoholic wine is made in the same way as our favourite wine, then just before bottling it undergoes a special process of gentle de-alcoholisation where they are transformed into their glorious non-alcoholic beauties.
Not sure where to start? Fear not, we’ve got all your beloved drops covered; from your dry, full-bodied Chardonnay, to light 'n fruity Rosé and your Sparkling Italian Prosecco, plus all the big jammy reds like Cab Savs and Shiraz. We're doing all the tasting for you to make it easy to find the best non-alcoholic wines on the market.
If you’re looking to go lighter with your alcohol content or dabbling in the sober curious movement and are wondering what non-alcoholic wine taste like? Here are our picks of the top 5 to try this year.
1. The Non-Alcoholic Prosecco
So you’re passionate about Prosecco? This is your yes, please. Odd Bird only make alcoholic-free wines, so you can be confident they know what they’re doing. Far from an alcohol-free afterthought, this superfine Spumante, from Italy’s Veneto region, is made with purpose. Traditionally produced using 100% Glera grapes from the finest Italian vineyards, this beauty is left to mature for up to one year. It’s then de-alcoholised with a tried and true technique to uphold the character, flavour and aromas.
Expect delicious and delicate notes of white pear, green apple, elderflower and grapefruit. This is a crisp and cracking sparkling white. And with 4.6 kilocalories per 100 ml, it’s light as well as lovely. Keep several bottles in your fridge to bring out for any occasion; seafood, pasta and desserts make for peerless pairing.
2. The Non-Alcoholic White Wine
This is one of my personal favourites for Sunday lunch, after a few glasses and some good conversation, we actually found ourselves double-checking the label that it was really alcohol-free.
A choice for the more discerning drinker. The Santa Digna Alcohol-Free Sauvignon Blanc is from the acclaimed Torres brand which was recently crowned the most 'Admired Wine Brand in the World'. This no-booze-doozy comes from Miguel Torres in Chile’s Valle Central region. Specialising in environmentally friendly viticulture, this wine is 100% Certified Fair Trade by Fair To Life; easy to drink and friendly to the environment - thank you!
You can expect notes of tropical fruits, crisp apple and fennel, it’s a wonderful white that plays a buttery punch on your palate, bringing floral freshness with a long finish. The mindful de-alcoholisation method takes only the alcohol away, not the flavour or complexity. Drink chilled with fish, chicken and pasta for serious wow.
3. The Non-Alcoholic Rosé
If you like your wine easy and ahhhh, try this pretty pink from the Bodegas Torres SA winery. You’ll find this legendary Penedès wine-growing region in Catalonia, outside Barcelona. Made from a combo of Shiraz and Cab Sav grapes, the alcohol is removed gently by their state-of-the-art system.
What’s left are all the natural aromas, antioxidants, vitamins and mineral salts – sans alcohol. When you sip, taste a fruity flavour with a whisper of red liquorice that lingers long. And with just 30 calories per 100ml, it boasts less than half the calories of your regular white wine. Ace as an aperitif, this Rosé works best chilled and paired with Asian and rice-based dishes.
4. The de-alcoholised Big Red Aussie Shiraz
If you're mostly the red wine type (like me), this drop is for you. It is a big bold and ridiculously smooth Aussie Shiraz that's hard to tell it's actually alcohol-free.
This red wine, sans alcohol certainly makes a drink-worthy glass. Those smooth refined Shiraz grapes. The result? A delish, well-balanced red which sports a striking colour. Triple distilled retaining that rich, velvety mouthful and oaky flavour with caramel notes and hints of dark chocolate and plum. It goes great with meats, pasta and dishes with some spiciness.
5. The Non-alcoholic Sparkling Wine
Nothing short of a party in a bottle, this lively sparkling white wine from the Blue Nun brand hails from Germany and is an esteemed label with a reputation for taste and quality. A glass of Silver Edition is all about celebrating; from hip-hip to hooray. With the added dynamic of bubbles, this sparkling wine is fantastically fresh and fruity, with a brisk, bright flavour: think citrus. A go-to aperitif, sip this one on its lonesome, just because, or pair it with fish, pasta or dessert.
Choose your drink adventure; one of these 5 wines is sure to hit the spot and turn you into a devotee. And don’t forget the benefits of non-alcoholic wine. If you want to indulge in a complex drop without the next day head-ouch, sip on your pick of these quality bevvies or try them all. These aren’t wine substitutes; they’re something to celebrate in their own right. Bottoms up!