7 Best Non-Alcoholic Alternatives to Champagne
So, you’ve recently decided to reduce your alcohol intake, or cut it out of your life completely and are struggling to find non-alcoholic alternatives to your favourite drinks.
If champers is your drink of choice, search no more! I've put together a list of the absolute faves when it comes to non-alcoholic alternatives for those who love champagne and sparkling wine for all occasions. Bottoms up!
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What is non-alcoholic wine?
Also known as dealcoholised wine or alcohol-free wine, non-alcoholic wine is, you guessed it, wine without the alcohol. What most people don’t know is that non-alcoholic wine does contain trace amounts of alcohol. If a wine is dealcoholised (made with alcohol, then the alcohol is removed) it is impossible to remove every single bit of alcohol from a formerly alcohol-based product.
However, in order for a wine to be legally classed as “non-alcoholic” it must have an alcohol volume of less than 0.5%. In most cases, dealcoholised wine actually contains less alcohol than freshly squeezed orange juice. Wild, right? I know. So, unless you’re drinking bucketloads of the stuff, your alcohol intake will remain undetectable.
What is sparkling wine?
Sparkling wine is wine with a little something something added to make it fizzy and fun. That little something is carbon dioxide – which can happen naturally or be added as a craft. Traditionally, sparkling wine consists of a mix of pinot noir, chardonnay and meunier grapes. Winemakers tailor the amounts of each grape variety in order to create their own house blend, or they just throw tradition out the window and write their own sparkling rules.
Sparkling wine or champagne?
Both please! Now, the main difference between these two is that all champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is champagne. In fact you can not label a sparkling wine as champagne if it’s not technically champagne. The technicality? It must come from the Champagne region of France. So, there you have it – technically, champagne must hail from its namesake, but other varieties of sparkling wine do exist and should be referred to as sparkling wine, not champagne.
How is non-alcoholic sparkling wine made?
As mentioned, there are different varieties of sparkling wine, each with their own distinct taste, ingredient list and aroma. When it comes to making sparkling wine, the methods can vary slightly between winemakers, but the same basic principles apply…
- Go through the wine making process as you would any other wine.
- Remove the alcohol from the wine before bottling using the distillation method (which removes the alcohol through low heat in a vacuum) or filtration.
Ok, it sounds simple when you put it like that, but it’s actually quite an involved process and requires a real fine art, but you get the gist.
What does non-alcoholic sparkling wine taste like?
Non-alcoholic sparkling wine doesn’t have the best rep when it comes to taste. Many complain that it doesn’t hold up to its alcoholic counterparts. These complaints have been taken into consideration in recent times though, and innovative wine makers have come up with innovative solutions, altering the non-alcoholic wine making process in order to preserve that full-bodied, fresh flavour of alcoholic sparkling. The wines we’ve suggested here are the best of the best, and almost indistinguishable from the real thing!
What are the BEST non-alcoholic alternatives to champagne and sparkling wines?
Amanda Thomson wanted to create a non-alcoholic version of her drink of choice (a delicious, champagne-style, celebratory sparkling) that was not only fun but offered significant health benefits in comparison to alcoholic sparkling and kept the pizzazz and all-round flavour of the real deal.
Noughty became nice when Amanda perfected her recipe that is vegan, organic, low in sugar (only 3g per 100mls) and holds all the magnificent qualities of a great sparkling chardonnay, due to the patented flavour-saving dealcoholisation method used.
This wine is fit for anyone who loves a delicious sparkling…and we mean anyone! Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, on-the-clock professionals, Febfast, Ocsober or Dry July participants – anyone.
If you don’t know who Richard Juhlin is, you’re about to find out! He’s kind of a big deal in the champagne world so pour yourself a glass while we give you the rundown.
Richard is a highly respected writer, known by champagne connoisseurs worldwide for his amazing palate and his tasting notes/critiques. He has written multiple books on champagne and let me tell you, they are bloody fantastic! “A Scent of Champagne” was even labelled the BEST wine book in the world. He’s pretty much a god amongst men (in the champagne world, at least).
Blanc de Blancs is dry and crisp, with slight hints of sweetness reminiscent of citrus, honey and apple. The secret to this great tasting non-alcoholic sparkling is all in the patented dealcoholisation method used by Richard and his partner company Odd Bird. You get all the sass, elegance and celebration of a traditional sparkling without the consequences of alcohol. What’s not to love?
[EDIT: This drop has had some supply issues recently, so we have worked hard to find a most excellent alternative for you at a great price, it is from Barton & Guestier and it's from France!]
This Aussie-made dry sparkling is the home-grown hero we all need in our lives. McGuigan are known for their international award-winning alcoholic wines, now they’ve stepped up their game and allowed non-drinkers everywhere to get in on the good stuff.
Dry with hints of pear and apple, this white sparkling is made from delicious wine grapes and contains no added sweeteners or flavours. The low alcohol content also makes it lower in calories than its alcoholic counterparts. Tasty and good for me? Don’t mind if I do.
Now, this fizzy alternative is a little different to the others we’ve included here on our list. This bold beauty is actually made without any alcohol at all. It’s not dealcoholised, rather it is crafted with fermented grape juice and premium green tea to imitate (very well, I might add) the classic flavour of a delicious sparkling white wine.
It’s highly refreshing, well-balanced and contains zero alcohol and zero nasties. It’s a truly innovative drop that’s perfect for health-conscious sparkling lovers out there. Fill your flute with this delicious alternative and cheers to good health!
Keep a bottle of this highly seductive mistress in your fridge for every occasion. This is a true party in a bottle with enough fizz to bring life to any celebration!
The best part? It’s just $11.95 on the Sans Drinks online shelves. It may be our best kept secret yet. But we’ve decided to spread the word and share this bubbly babe with champagne and sparkling lovers everywhere. Crisp bubbles, tangy citrus notes and an overall fruity flavour will keep you coming back for more – which is completely fine considering the major bargain price tag!
Speaking of Odd Bird, they’ve crafted their own alcohol-free sparkling, a wonderful spumante prosecco. This variety of wine is a great accompaniment for desserts of all kinds. Spumante is known for its extra fizzy body caused by natural fermentation, rather than carbon dioxide being added to the bottle.
True prosecco can only be crafted in certain areas within the Friuli Venezia Giulia and Vento regions using only Glera (aka Prosecco), Verdiso, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio or Pinot Noir grape varieties.
Tastes of gooseberry, honey melon, white pear, grapefruit and green apple lend the delicious flavour of a regular spumante prosecco to this alcohol-free version. It is best served chilled so stock your fridge – you never know when you’ll need to celebrate a special occasion.
Firstly, let’s talk about how seriously pretty the design of this bottle is. I absolutely love the watercolour birds and butterflies with the elegant Lindeman’s gold trim. Stunning.
Now, let’s talk nitty gritty. Lindeman’s, located in NSW wine country, is a top-tier Aussie wine brand that’s known for its high-quality delicious variety of wines. You’ll be hard pressed to find an Aussie venue that doesn’t have Lindeman’s on offer, or a wine drinkers’ fridge for that matter. They take 175 years of wine making tradition and pour it into each and every wine they craft, including this non-alcoholic sparkling.
Dry, sharp bubbles come together with a tantalisingly tart flavour notes to provide Chardonnay lovers everywhere with an alcohol-free option to their drink of choice.
[Edit] This beauty is hard to keep in stock, so we have found a fantastic new Aussie sparking for you from the latest non-alcoholic brand Plus & Minus: Plus & Minus Blanc de Blancs NV
Which cocktails are made with champagne or sparkling wine?
All of these delicious bubbles can also be made into non-alcoholic cocktails (mocktails) for us off-the-wagon winos. Here are some of my favourites:
Peach Bellini (add peach purée)
Mimosa (add orange juice)
Black Velvet (add a stout beer)
Add one 1 part Lyre's non-alcoholic Absinthe
If you’ve tried any of these sparkling alternatives to regular champagne, which one did you enjoy most? Let me know below!