Lots of customers ask me for advice on choosing the perfect non alcoholic white wine. And with the festive season upon us, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a guide.
So, Here are my top three tips for choosing the perfect white wine, every time.
Consider the occasion
Before you choose your wine, think about when you’ll be drinking it. Is it in celebration of something? Is it for sharing with friends or family? Or is it for you to unwind after a long day?
Different white wines are suited for different occasions. Consider what you love to drink if it’s just for you. If it’s for a social gathering, consider a non alcoholic sparkling wine as nothing sounds more celebratory than the pop of a cork.
If you’re looking for a wine to complement a meal, consider Riesling to enjoy as an aperitif, chardonnay to accompany light dishes and sauvignon blanc with cheese.
Look at customer reviews
One of the best ways to find your perfect alcohol free wine is by looking at our customer reviews. Honest and unbiased reviews will give you an idea of the flavours, taste, and popularity of a wine.
Guided by this, you can pick the wines that will be best suited to you.
Similarly, reviews can help you decide when you’re torn choosing between two similar wines. They can take the guesswork out of it, especially for those occasions when you want to try something new.
Read the label or description
Reading the label on a bottle of wine (or the description, if you're shopping online) can help you decide if it’s the perfect one for you. Look for flavour descriptions and combinations that most appeal to your taste preferences.
If you like citrus flavours, you’ll enjoy a chardonnay, if raspberries and plums tantalise your tastebuds a pinot noir could be your tipple. Riesling is a good choice for lovers of apple, pear, and peach flavours.
Unlike alcoholic wine, non-alcoholic wines list the sugar content on the label. So, if you’re looking for a healthy and satisfying alternative the wines in our low sugar wine and low calorie wine sections are a great place to start.
What to look for: A good quality non alcoholic Sauvignon Blanc should feature aromatic guava, passionfruit, and citrus with a distinct herbal edge, sometimes freshly cut grass, asparagus or nettles.
We recommend: Wolf Blass Zero Sauvignon Blanc
The taste: A crisp refreshing flavour with hints of tropical and citrus fruits and an underlying sweetness.
What customers are saying: "Crisp, dry and extremely morish!"
What to look for: non alcoholic Chardonnay is another grape variety that comes in a whole bunch of styles with cool climate examples having citrus and floral aromas with more melon and tropical fruits from warmer climates.
We recommend: Le Petit Etoile Chardonnay
The taste: Refreshing and crisp with a touch of acidity and complemented with notes of vanilla and citrus.
What to look for: A good non alcoholic Pinot Gris should be gently aromatic with distinct pear and subtle floral complexity.
We recommend: Giesen 0% New Zealand Pinot Gris
The taste: Delicate stone fruit, lychee and red apple combine with notes of apple and pear for a palate pleasing wine.
What customers say: "I had high hopes for this one as I am a big fan of the Giesen Sauv B. I was not disappointed. It tastes exactly how I remember NZ Pinot Gris."
What to look for: A good non alcoholic Pinot Grigio should be light weight and crisp with subtle citrus, floral and nutty fruits.
We recommend: 1920 Wines Alcohol Removed Pinot Grigio
The taste: This Pinot Grigio features a dry flavour profile with notes of Nashi Pear, apple and lemon. 1920 also has a full mouthfeel and satisfying finish.
What customers say: "At the first sip I could have sworn it was a regular alcoholic Pinot Grigio. It could taste all the beautiful flavours of Nashi Pear, apple and lemon but I also detected a wonderful honey note too. It’s a beautiful wine and would pair perfectly with a fresh summer salad. What a treat!"
What to look for: A good non alcoholic Riesling should be perfumed lime, citrus and florals with zesty acidity.
We recommend: Jacob's Creek Unvined Alcohol Removed Riesling
The taste: Fresh and bursting in flavour, featuring hints of lime to perfect a crisp finish.