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Does Alcohol-Free Wine Taste Like Wine?

Does Alcohol-Free Wine Taste Like Wine?

There’s a specific moment in Spring when the sun feels hot for the first time in a long time (we're talking, a warm breeze). The immediate response to this is an undeniable thirst for a chilled wine spritzer and an assortment of picky snacks in little bowls, and dining al fresco with a glass of red.

So. Designated driver, parent-to-be, conscious drinker, *insert whatever reason for not drinking alcohol at this moment - all are valid*, what are you reaching for? Hold the Schloer, the wine world gifts you - alcohol-free wine.

Picture a crisp, refreshing glass of sauvig-non. Come to think of it, there’s a rabbit hole here for naming the best alternatives to your favourite grape, think pi-not, chardon-nay, picpoul de pi-not – we might be onto something.

Let’s dive into and answer some of your questions:

  • What is non-alcoholic wine?
  • What does alcohol-free wine taste like?
  • How do I drink alcohol-free wine?
  • What are other alternatives?

What is non-alcoholic wine?

Non-alcoholic wine, as the name suggests, resembles traditional wine but contains little to no alcohol. Using a process called dealcoholisation, the alcohol content is significantly reduced or removed entirely. However, this doesn't have to mean sacrificing the rich flavours and aromas that make wine so enjoyable.

When made well, non-alcoholic wine retains the essence of traditional wine. One common method is to halt fermentation before the alcohol levels reach the standard percentage. This allows the grapes' natural sugars and flavours to shine while keeping the alcohol content at a negligible level.

Another method involves removing the alcohol from fully fermented wine, ensuring that only the delightful characteristics remain. Techniques such as vacuum distillation, reverse osmosis, or spinning cone columns help eliminate alcohol while preserving the taste profiles.

What does alcohol-free wine taste like?

If you’re on the hunt for a non-alc wine that actually tastes like wine, it’s good to know that non-alcoholic wine comes in various styles, reds, whites, rosés (remember when Kylie released hers?) to sparkling wines. Whether you prefer the rich, velvety notes of a Merlot or the crisp, citrusy characteristics of a Sauvignon Blanc, there's a non-alcoholic wine for every occasion.

So, what can you expect when you taste non-alcoholic wine? To be honest, flavour profiles that mirror regular wine, such as:

Fruity and refreshing: White non-alcoholic wines often have light fruit flavours such as green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, and hints of stone fruits. These wines are known for their crispness and acidity.

Smooth and velvety: Red non-alcoholic wines can offer a range of flavours, from ripe berries to dark cherries, with notes of vanilla, chocolate, and even a subtle touch of spice. These wines may have a smooth, velvety texture that coats the palate.

Delicate and elegant: Rosé non-alcoholic wines showcase the delicate balance between red and white wine characteristics. Expect flavours of fresh berries, floral undertones, and a refreshing finish.

Bubbles and celebration: Non-alcoholic sparkling wines can showcase flavours of citrus, crisp apples, floral notes, and some toasty undertones.

Just like the endless wine aisles in your supermarket, individual non-alcoholic brands will have their own flavour profiles, so explore different labels on the shelf and try the ones that best match your taste preferences or sport some good reviews.

How do I serve non-alcoholic wine?

As a general rule, the best way to serve white non-alcoholic wines is slightly chilled, around 8-12°C, while alcohol-free red wines can be served at a slightly cooler room temperature, around 14-18°C.

Summertime means spritzers are on the menu - so you can always top your wine with a chilled tonic, soda or lemonade. After all, it’s your drink - your choice.

How to make a cocktail with non-alcoholic wine

You can use Crossip to add a twist to your non-alc spritz and enjoy a alcohol-free wine cocktail with added depth and flavour:

Pure Spritz
25ml CROSSIP Pure Hibiscus
25ml Rhubarb & Raspberry Cordial
100ml Soda / alcohol-free Sparkling wine

Dandy Spritz
25ml CROSSIP Dandy Smoke
25ml Apple & Plum Cordial
100ml Soda / alcohol-free Cider

Fresh Spritz
​​25ml CROSSIP Fresh Citrus
25ml Elderflower Cordial
100ml Soda / alcohol-free sparkling wine

Explore the Crossip range

Don’t forget to have fun pairing non-alcoholic wines with food, both on the table and in your cooking.

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