The nay-sayers will tell you that alcohol-free wine is just grape juice. The nay-sayers are wrong. So very wrong. Anyone who has tasted our fine non-alcoholic wine knows just how close they are to the alcoholic varieties. Let’s find out why…
5 Non-alcoholic Wines that taste like Wine
There’s nothing worse than popping a bottle of non-alcoholic wine that just doesn’t do it for you. You’ve had a long day at work. All you want is a glass of rich red or crisp white alcohol-free wine to help wind down whilst keeping your head. Take note and head over to the Sans Drinks online store to fill your wine cellar with these delicious drops, sans the alcohol.
What is a non-alcoholic wine?
Non-alcoholic wine is a wine with little to no alcohol contained within the final product– simples! I say “little to no alcohol” because wines can contain up to 0.5% ABV before they are legally no longer allowed to be classed as “non-alcoholic”. Now, 0.5% alcohol volume is highly insignificant and is actually less alcohol than you’d find in freshly squeezed orange juice or ripe bananas. Suffice to say, feeling any alcoholic side effects from a few glasses of non-alcoholic wine is simply not possible. Alcohol-free wine is also known as alt-wine, dealcoholised wine, non-alcoholic wine along with a few other aliases. Whatever you call it, it’s a safer, healthier alternative to your favourite regular alcoholic wine.
What types of wine can be dealcoholised?
I’m glad you asked! Honestly, pretty much any type of wine can be dealcoholised - Rosé, Chardonnay, Sparkling, Merlot, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Prosecco, Muscat and the list goes on!
Which non-alcoholic wines taste best?
Now, I don’t like to play favourites so I’m going to start by saying that I don’t stock wines in my store that don’t taste like their alcoholic counterparts. That being said, the non-alcoholic sparkling wines are virtually identical to the real thing in terms of classic taste, smell and mouthfeel.
White wines and Rosé come in at a close second as they’ve proven to be quite easy to reproduce when using the right winemaking process.
I love a good non-alcoholic red, but I will say that these can sometimes fall slightly short of what a classic red tastes, smells and feels like. They’re still delicious and they are a fantastic substitute for the real thing, but you may find that they’re a little different from what you’re used to. Also, important to note, they’re generally best served chilled - Except for the Newblood Shiraz, which I still love at room temp.
How is non-alcoholic wine made?
Again, this is quite dependent upon the winemaker, but the main method of dealcoholisation calls for the wine to be made just the same as an alcoholic wine of the same variety. The difference is, just before the wine is bottled, the alcohol is removed using distillation (removal of alcohol through steam) or filtration (removal of alcohol using reverse osmosis).
The exception to this rule is brands that make their non-alc wine without alcohol from start to finish. For example, DeBortoli’s Fizzero range uses 100% bacterial fermentation (fermented grape juice and premium green tea) to produce the complexity of alcoholic wine, rather than alcohol formed as a by-product as in yeast fermentation. This makes Fizzero a true 100% alcohol-free alternative to wine.
Top 5 non-alcoholic wine alternatives that taste like the real thing?
Now, this a non-alcoholic red wine that gets insanely close to the taste of the real thing it’s almost impossible to tell that there’s little to no alcohol involved. NEWBLOOD’s secret is to leave the grapes on the vine a little longer to extract a more flavour. This then helps the wine maintain its classic red wine taste throughout the triple distillation process.
This baby is Aussie-made, vegan and contains the rich oaky aroma and flavour you’d expect from a delicious red. Earthy tones and notes of dark chocolate and blood plum also break through to provide a soft, juicy palate and a smooth, velvety finish.
Expertly crafted in the Hunter Valley right here in Australia, this gorgeous pink drop has a dry, rather than sweet finish with subtle grapefruit, strawberry, sweet fruit, and rose petal vibes. It is dalcoholised to 0.0% ABV and contains lower calories than a regular McGuigan Rosé, but still retains the signature quality McGuigan products are known for.
With no artificial sweeteners or flavours and no added refined sugar, it’s easy to see why this is one of our best-selling non-alcoholic wines. The McGuigan Zero Dry Rose also comes in a 200ml Piccolo size
Masterfully produced in the Languedoc-Rossuillion region of Southern France, this wine hails from only the best Certified Organic vineyards. The winemakers paired up with the esteemed wine connoisseur Richard Juhlin to create a fine blend of Merlot and Shiraz grapes that truly emulates the flavour, mouthfeel and emotive response that any great red wine holds.
This non-alcoholic red is best served at a temperature of 15-18oC and is the perfect aperitif or accompaniment for a steak or Italian themed dinner.
Go McGuigan! Back at it again with the great wines! There’s a reason this brand is featured twice on our list of top 5 wines that actually taste like wine – it’s because they’ve mastered the art of winemaking to a T!
From their well-established winery in the Hunter Valley of NSW, McGuigan meticulously craft both alcoholic and alcohol-free wines that are known across the world for their amazing tastes, mouthfeels and aromas. Their non-alcoholic wines are made using the exact same process as their alcoholic ones, just with an extra step added in to remove the ethanol at the end. That’s why this dry Sauv Blanc is superbly true to taste!
It’s not just the pink hue of this non-alcoholic wine that resembles a typical rosé. The taste, aroma and mouthfeel are all almost indistinguishable from the real thing. As with a classic rosé, this wine is perfectly paired with appetisers, desserts, salads and sweets and is a great accompaniment to a day by the pool or a BBQ catch up with friends.
The scent of fresh fruits and juicy berries pair up to make this one delicious drink without the hangover or embarrassing drunken vibes.
Have you tried any of these non-alcoholic wines yet? If so, which is your favourite? If not, you’d best head over to our Sans Drinks store and pick up a bottle or six to try. I can vouch for all these wines as tasting just as good (if not better) than their alcoholic counterparts. No joke. They’re tasty as all heck.
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