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Non-alcoholic Wines: The Best Drops With All the Taste, But Not the Hangover

Wine without alcohol – isn’t that like coffee without caffeine? It has a decent taste but lacks a little flavour? Well, not anymore.

The world of non-alcoholic wines is no longer slim pickings. We all know a good wine has long been a handy partner in social situations. The perfect companion to a cheese night on the couch or the kickstarter to a celebration.

The incredible rise of non-alcoholic wine now means you don’t have to give up the joy wine brings even when you’re giving up the booze. And, the best part? Non-alcoholic wine is usually made with the best quality and most expensive grapes.

Those giving alcohol a break, or giving up for good can now enjoy a glass of the best. Whether you’re taking on dry July or simply searching for a healthier drop – you’re now spoilt for tasty alternatives. Here are some top-notch choices, that will have you thinking it’s the real deal.

How is it made?

The process for the perfect drop is much the same as with any other, wine which does include alcohol. It takes on the same fermentation process – the same ageing process – meaning, the same alcoholic outcome.

So, what is the difference? The alcohol in the wine goes through a process where it is removed – and, this is not easy. The removal of the alcohol from the fermented juice is a challenge – to ensure no taste, balance or quality is sacrificed.

Like all wine juicy grapes are chosen based on the wine variety being made for its flavour profile. These grapes are harvested by the winery, crushed and fermented. This is when the sugar in the grape juice is converted to alcohol and the result is wine (including the alcohol).

Once the wine is primed and ready for the bottle, the alcohol needs to be removed via three methods. The first – distillation, the second – evaporation and the third – filtration, allowing the creation of non-alcoholic wine.

The taste? As with all wines, it depends on your palette. The growth of the market means wineries have stepped up their game to offer more choices to the consumer. So, whether you enjoy a Rose or love of good-quality Shiraz – you can rest assure there is now no-alcoholic alternative substitute for you – no matter how snobbish a wine drinker you are.

The best non-alcoholic wines

Plus & Minus

Plus & Minus Pinot Noir and Shiraz are both made with only the highest quality grapes from South Australian vineyards – two wines varieties, offering premium taste without relying on artificial sweeteners for the flavour; plus all the antioxidants – minus the alcohol, of course.

Pinot Noir

All the iconic deep and savoury taste of a complex red with a touch of sweetness. Herbs and spices mix with natural fruitiness for a complementary flavour.

Shiraz

The Plus & Minus Shiraz is characterised by a palate of vibrant dark fruits, a touch of sweet fruit and a thin weave of tannins before ending with medium concentration; the perfect pairing with a nice steak or hearty pasta.

Domaine de la Prade Merlot & Shiraz

This wine from Southern France is crafted with a blend of smooth full-bodied Merlot grapes and crisp Shiraz. The result is a palette of balanced oak and acid, aromas of stewed fruit, and toffee. The aromatic red wine pairs well with roast vegetables and lightly spiced dark meats.

Le Petit Chavin Chardonnay

An elegant French Chardonnay in a golden-yellow hue with notes of stone fruit, lychees and tropical flowers. A dry, nicely balanced and well-rounded white wine great for accompanying salads, fish and white meats. This non-alcoholic Chardonnay is also certified vegan, and halal-certified.

Newblood Shiraz

The shiraz is Newblood’s best selling wine with comparisons to a true big Barossa Shiraz. This voluptuous, vegan, Shiraz has a full-bodied flavour; an attractive bouquet of blood plum, dark chocolate and earth with hints of oak. The palette is soft and juicy with a rich and velvety finish. 

Funky Monkey Blanc de Blanc

Legendary winemaker Corey Ryan, created its Blanc de Blanc using high-quality grapes from dry-grown South Australian vineyards. The vibrant wine features notes of citrus and apple topped off with a sweet fruit twist. The perfect drop to celebrate with, the Funky Monkey Blanc de Blanc provides a good mouthfeel with a cleansing acid finish.

Ara Zero Sauvignon Blanc

A classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with a crisp, dry finish. This refreshing drop features notes of tropical fruit with layers of passionfruit and pineapple filling the palate. It’s a lighter style wine that is balanced between fruit sweetness and the dry finish. The perfect pairing with some cheese or a light seafood dish.

If you’re not much of a wine drinker but still want a decent non-alcoholic drink, have at some Champagne alternatives or Sober Truth: 8 of the Best Low No-alcohol Free Beers. And, if you do enjoy a glass of a good-quality traditional wine, have a look at the most expensive red wines ever sold.

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