Out of all of the alcoholic beverages, wine tends to have the most ardent and informed aficionados. So when it comes to creating fine non-alcoholic wines, winemakers have to step up their game to satisfy those picky drinkers that have decided to go booze-free.
Though non-alcoholic wines can come close to the experience of sipping on a classic red or bubbly Champagne, it’s tough to replicate a fine, alcoholic wine.
NA wine is regular wine that has gone through some processing to remove the alcohol. And often, those methods can strip the wine of other important, flavor-enhancing ingredients like tannins and floral aromas, which can end up making for a flat and bland beverage.
“Luckily, the polyphenols, the antioxidants found in red wine, remain intact even when the alcohol is removed,” said Krista Maguire, RD, and senior nutrition manager at BODi. “A 2012 study in Circulation Research showed that non-alcoholic wine might also benefit heart health.”
Also, by taking away the alcohol, you lose the aromas that define most wines because those smells are carried to your nose by the alcohol evaporating off the vino’s surface. That doesn’t happen with the non-alcohol versions.
But there are a few wineries out there that are getting pretty good at making a passable faux-vino. We picked some of the best non-alcoholic wines on the market, from sparkling to red, that still retain some of that authentic flavor and taste and may still satisfy the snobbiest of wine drinkers.
1. Chateau de Fleur Non-Alcoholic Champagne
Though on the sweet side, this is a passable Champagne for those special occasions where you need a little pop and some bubbles. It’s well carbonated and brings some nice apple and peach flavors that pair well with a celebration.
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2. St. Regis Nosecco
Prosecco lovers who are on the wagon, rejoice! This sparkly, bubbly beverage is a tasty alternative for those looking for a sweet but sharp sip. Try mixing into mocktails for a buzzy boost.
3. Fre Alcohol-Removed Sparkling Brut
Those who are looking for a faux-bubbly that is on the drier side will love this refreshing Brut. Aromas like pear and apple come to the nose while drinking the sparkling beverage brings a slight strawberry taste.
4. St. Regis Shiraz Rosé
Finding a great, full-alcohol Rosé can be tricky in a market saturated with the summery sip, so discovering a satisfactory alcohol-free version like this one is a treat. Notes of strawberry and melon will make this light-bodied beverage a warm weather hit.
5. Fre Alcohol-Removed Chardonnay
When you need to unwind after a long day, lots of wine lovers reach for a crisp glass of chardonnay. For those who need a NA version, this one should fit the bill: It’s a fruity pour that drinks tart and crisp.
6. Leitz Eins Zwei Zero Riesling
The Germans have been experimenting with non-alcoholic wines for decades, and this delicious Riesling is a testament to their prowess. Crisp with a slight dryness, it offers citrus and apple flavors with a nice mineral finish.
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7. Chateau Diana Zero Red Wine
This robust blend of merlot, Sangiovese, and cabernet sauvignon varietals will be sure to please most red wine aficionados. The fruit-forward NA wine brings aromas of plums and tea, while taste notes skew heavily toward berries.
8. Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon
It’s always nice to have an oak-aged cab on hand for any impromptu steak dinners, and this non-alcoholic version is a good choice for teetotalers. Notes of chocolate, cherries, and blueberries make this dry faux-vino a satisfying substitute.
9. Lussory Premium Non-Alcoholic Merlot
Made from 100% Spanish merlot grapes, this NA version of the classic quaff offers hints of blackberry and plum, with oaky notes and a dry finish. Pairs well with roast beef, lamb, and blue cheese.