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by Erin Bates July 08, 2020
While we may be beer geeks here at Grüvi, we also have a special appreciation for non alcoholic wine and new growth within the category. While non alcoholic beer reigns supreme in the NA world, some exciting innovations are being made within the non alcoholic wine category too. Though NA wine is still a bit far from the true alcoholic version, there has been significant improvements, and we only forsee better products continuing to be released.
Currently, there isn’t a massive variety of NA wines, but we rounded up a few of our favorites that we’ve tried within the last year. If you aren’t a huge beer drinker, or if you’re a fan of all things wine, read on to see which wines we think are the best we could find.
Hill Street’s entire lineup is pretty impressive, but our top choice is their non alcoholic Merlot. While many other NA red wines tend to be overly sweet, this merlot holds true to the “drier” side of a red wine. The grapes are actually matured in stainless steel barrels, a method numerous wine makers utilize. The body definitely retains a lighter mouthfeel, with notes of dried fruit and blackberry. We recommend sipping this wine with a slight chill, as it tends to enhance the flavors more.
Yes we are a little biased, but we still believe our prosecco is some of the best NA wine on the market. Again, many other alcohol-free champagnes are overwhelmingly sweet, but not ours. We utilize chardonnay grapes to truly capture the flavor of a traditional prosecco, and the added bubbles make every sip light and effervescent. Grüvi prosecco is best served chilled- we suggest adding in a few raspberries or other berries to add a fruit infused twist.
These bubbles are a newer brand to hit the market, but this wine definitely stands out. While some non-alcoholic wines never enter any stage of fermentation, Badass Mom’s rose is fully fermented before having the alcohol removed afterwards. The rose is also made with Spanish Tempranillo grapes, which are typically made to be full bodied red or rose wines. This wine is on the drier side with a touch of acidity, with notes of berries and black cherry. Though the brand is marketed towards pregnant women, don’t let that stop you from trying their delicious rose!
Bubbles tend to help non alcoholic wines taste more like the real thing, and that’s no different with the Pierre Chavin Sparkling Wine. The Pierre Chavin Estates produce their NA wine the same way as traditional wine- their grapes are grown in Southern France, and are typically fully fermented. This can help allow tannins and various other flavor profiles to develop during the aging process. They then utilize vacuum technology to remove the alcohol from the finished wine, a process that is also used in NA beer production. This particular sparkling wine uses chardonnay grapes to create a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Notes of apple and pear are also present to round out the flavor profile.
This Shiraz is a great rendition of a still rose. French grown syrah/shiraz grapes are used to create this medium bodied wine, which pours a deep pink hue. Similar to several other wines, this shiraz is fully fermented before having its alcohol removed afterwards. While slightly sweet tasting, there is still enough acidity to cut through the lingering sugars of the wine. A super floral nose follows with notes of strawberry, raspberry and melon. Be sure to serve this one ice cold!
Okay so this one isn’t technically wine, but it’s super floral and non alcoholic, so I figured why not add it to the list. Tost is actually made with a blend of white teas, white cranberries and ginger. The added carbonation makes Tost a light, herbal and bubbly drink to have in lieu of alcohol. If you’re a fan of tea, definitely give Tost a try- it’s not sweet and finishing the entire bottle is entirely too easy.
While this list isn’t exhaustive of all NA wines, these are the best ones we’ve tried (so far). As the category grows and demand increases, we can only assume even more amazing products will be released into the market- and we’re hoping that’s sooner rather than later!