Q&A with Amanda Thomson, founder of Thomson & Scott
When they launched their non-alcoholic sparkling, Noughty, shortly after, its delicious ripe apple scent and sultry sweetness meant that bottles were being snatched from the shelves in droves. Now, everyone (it's certified B Corp, vegan, organic and halal) can enjoy a healthy alternative to sparkling wine, even if they can't (or don't wish to) consume alcohol for whatever reason.
Even wine critic Jancis Robinson's is on board, stating
hands down the best alcohol-free sparkling wine
Amanda Thomson, founder of Thomson & Scott, is a lifelong advocate for healthy, ethical lifestyles but she certainly doesn't mind a cheeky wine or two when there's a call for celebration.
We spoke with Amanda about her journey from wine lover to wine maker, chatting all things Noughty, with a surprise connection to one of our most crushed-on silver foxes, George Clooney.
Pour yourself a Noughty and put your feet up as we delve into the world of Amanda Thomson.
Q. What was it that first prompted you to delve into the world of non-alcoholic beverage making?
A. The idea of bringing the party (Champagne-style!) but without the alcohol.
Noughty is just that. She's well-dressed in a gorgeously designed bottle. She's bubbly and bright and lights up the room. BUT she doesn't wake up the next day feeling like it's the end of the world with a clanging headache.
Q. What was the inspiration behind the name Noughty?
A. The playful idea that alcohol-free didn’t have to be sanctimonious and the cool bar order; “Noughty please!”
Q. What 3 words would you use to describe Noughty?
A. Delicious. Moreish. Celebratory.
And isn't that exactly the qualities we all love to see in a glass of sparkling wine? Plus, it only has 3g of sugar per 100mL, making it half as sugary as most alcoholic sparkling wines on the market. It's no wonder people all across the globe keep coming back for more and featuring this drink in their celebrations!
Q. Where do you see your brand in 5 years’ time?
A. Having shifted the global drinks industry to a Noughty way of being.
Amanda sure knows how to aim high, but she and the Thomson & Scott team are well on their way to achieving global domination. Their wines have been featured in an array of articles and received glowing reviews from The Times, The Guardian and Cosmopolitan. More people than ever are turning towards non-alcoholic wine as an alternative to the hard stuff and Noughty really is at the forefront of the industry.
Q. Do you have any works in progress that you can share with us?
A. If we told you, we’d have to kill you! They’re super exciting, let's put it that way.
[Don't worry, we'll be the first to know!]
Q. What do you love most about the impact your wine makes on the world?
A. That we make people happy without the hangover.
From every soon-to-be mum, designated driver and hangover hater out there - cheers to you, Amanda Thomson.
Q. What are the additional benefits of being Organic?
A. Eradicating nasty chemicals from the wine world.
In order to be classed as a fully organic wine, the winery must meet with strict requirements and grapes must be grown without herbicides, pesticides or other artificial or synthetic chemicals. Noughty are 100% natural, baby!
Q.What made you decide to choose fully recyclable materials for all your products?
A. It was the only way. Consumers demand it now. And so they should! Caring for planet Earth is everyone's responsibility. Utilising recyclable materials and being ethically sound in the production of both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages should be of a much higher priority within the industry.
Q. What is your favourite moment from the Thomson & Scott journey?
A. Being voted one of the coolest people in food and drink by Business Insider alongside George Clooney. The iconic Business Insider Australia "100 coolest people in food and drink" list? The list that included not only George Clooney but Anthony Bourdain, Daniela Soto-Innes (the world’s best female chef for 2019) and David Chang of Netflix's "Ugly Delicious" fame? Yep, Amanda is an absolute legend.
Q. Your products have so many glowing reviews. How do you feel when you read them and see the love people have for the products you create?
A. Happy. And in the party mood!
Us too, Amanda. Us too.
Q. What do your team enjoy most about working with Thomson & Scott?
A. That we are now demonstrating we can actually change the global drinks industry from within.
A covert mission. I like it.
Q. What would you say is the main thing that makes your non-alcoholic sparkling wine stand out from the rest?
A. The taste. When famous wine writer Jancis Robinson’s website called it the best alcohol-free sparkling wine hands down, maybe the best alcohol-free overall, she wasn’t kidding.
Dry, with decent, crunchy, ripe-apple fruit. It was very frothy when poured, but the bubbles were fine and lively and it wasn’t uncomfortably frothy in the mouth. It is, hands down, the best alcohol-free sparkling wine I have ever tasted, and one of the best alcohol-free wines I've tasted overall.
Q. What is your favourite non-alc cocktail recipe?
A. Noughty Bellini: Noughty and peach puree. Heaven. Dreaming of brunch already!
Oh, this one's easy. Just pour yourself a tall glass of Noughty, add a few spoons of peach nectar or peach puree and there you have it: a delicious, non-alcoholic Noughty Bellini!
Bonus: serve with strawberries and organic yogurt on the side for a delicious mid-afternoon treat, or for more recipes check out our non-alcoholic cocktail library.
So, what do you think? Will you be jumping on board the Noughty train? Pick up a bottle of Noughty bubbly goodness on the Sans Drink site before it's all gone!