Non-alcoholic wines for pregbots
Question from Lauren: I’m a serious lover of wine but won’t be drinking it for a while as I’m pregnant. Could you recommend any worthwhile non-alcoholic wines?
In a nut shell: I’ve got some great news for you. There has been a lot of talk of late about non-alcoholic wines becoming the next big thing as they still contain all the antioxidant heath benefits that alcoholic wines do (well actually more I guess as there’s no alcohol so you can drink till your hearts content). But does non-alcoholic wine stand up to the taste test?
In a clam shell: So the good news is that when alcohol is removed from wine those delicious antioxidants remain meaning that a few glasses of non-alcoholic wine is a very good thing (for more on the cardiovascular health benefits of wine see my recent blog post here).
The bad news? The aromas of non-alcoholic wine don’t really compare to those of alcoholic wine you love so much. Unfortunately when alcohol is removed from wine the key aromas and texture that we associate with alcoholic wines are also removed. And just so you know how important aromas are when drinking wine, next time you take a swig, hold your breath. Your wine will become very boring – just like non-alcoholic wine unfortunately.
The other characteristic that’s missing in a non-alcoholic wine is tannins (that astringent dry-mouth feeling you get after a sip of Cabernet Sauvignon). Although some people don’t like the bitterness that tannins bring, without them wine lacks some serious body. If this is hard to imagine try a non-alcoholic wine and you’ll get what I mean. It’s missing that je ne sais quois.
But, I totally understand your predicament. You can’t drink alcoholic wine but at dinner parties it’s a little boring to sip on mineral water all night. So if it’s between a glass of water or a glass of non-alcoholic wine, non-alcoholic wine wins hands down. It’s just a shame it can’t taste like the real deal.
I’ve been taste testing of late and here are a few non-alcoholic wines you might like to try. Remember that when trying them, what non-alcoholic wine lacks in tannin it makes up for in sugar so be prepared for something a little sweeter than the wine you’re used to.
My fav (which is, yep, sweet but not sickly sweet like many on the market) is Maggie Beer’s Sparkling Ruby Cabernet, refreshingly bubbly and made from early harvest cabernet grapes this yummo drop is best served cold and in a champagne flute.
But wait, there’s more, Maggie just keeps on delivering. She’s also just release a Sparkling Chardonnay, which is just as good as the Ruby Cabernet – crisp and dry – think passionfruit, lime and mango. Love your work Maggie!!!!
If a heavy red is more your style my fav is Robinvale Biodynamic Red Grape Juice. You can only order this one online. It’s not actually a dealcoholized wine, it’s just good old grape juice but it’s got big bold red grape flavours.
Edenvale Sparkling Cuveé – crisp and refreshing flavours
Ariel Blanc – made from Chardonnay grapes this white wine is crispy and slightly sweet
Ariel White Zinfandel – a medium-dry rose from Paso Robles, California
Blue Nun Alcohol Free Red Wine – light, fruity and smooth, perfect for red meat, pasta or barbecues
No, this blog post is not sponsored by Dan Murphy’s but if I listed wines from my local independents you peeps on the south side would be mighty annoyed that me so I’ve gone with Dan’s here because you can all get to one. If however you would like to shop independent see my blog post on Melbourne independents here.