There are many reasons why one may choose to abstain from alcohol. Whether you're tee-total by choice or are just taking part in Dry January, there are now plenty of alcohol-free alternatives that will still allow you to enjoy the nuanced flavours of wine.
Thankfully, designated drivers are no longer relegated to a soda and lime with a wide variety of non-alcoholic whites, rosés and reds to sip on, from Cabernet Sauvignon to Chardonnay and even sparkling Prosecco. In this article we share the best low alcohol and no alcohol wines, all available on Amazon, Asda, Tesco and Waitrose and ready to snap up for your next soirée!
The process of selecting a non-alcoholic tipple isn't all that dissimilar to picking any other variety of wine. In this guide we give you the 'tasting notes' to help you find the perfect alcohol-free wine!
Are you after a deep and savoury red, a light and fruity white, or a bit of fizz to liven up a celebration? There are alcohol-free alternatives to suit every taste. You just need to decide whether you would prefer a Sauvignon Blanc or a Shiraz!
White wines are made by crushing and fermenting grapes without the skins and seeds to produce a light golden or tawny colour. The variety of grapes can be either white or red as the dark pigment is only present in the skins.
These wines range in flavour from a dry and crisp Chardonnay, to the more herbaceous notes found in Sauvignon Blanc. White wine is best served chilled and makes a fine accompaniment to vegetables, poultry and fish. You may even wish to serve it before dinner as an alcohol-free aperitif!
For red wines, the skin and seeds are left on throughout the crushing and fermentation process. This imparts particular nuances to the resultant wine, that cannot be found in whites.
Red wines have more noticeable tannins, giving them a complex flavour which works well when paired with cheeses, dark chocolate and red meat. You'll want to serve reds at room temperature and sip slowly to savour.
Rosé wines are easily recognisable by their signature pinkish hue. This is achieved by using red and purple grape varieties. After crushing, the skins are left to macerate in the juices to impart flavour.
Chilled rosé is a favourite of many wine drinkers for its heady palette of fruity and floral notes. Plus, if you'd like something a bit more exciting, you might also consider using rosé to add an aromatic flavour to wine-based cocktails.
Sparkling wines and Prosecco will add a bit of fizz to your celebration, whether you're toasting a newly-married couple or ringing in the new year.
Just like their alcoholic counterparts, alcohol-free sparkling wines can be either white or rosé and should be served ice-cold to retain their fine bubbles and light carbonation. After opening, make sure to keep sparkling wine on ice prevent it from becoming foamy.
Just because a wine is labelled as 'alcohol-free', that doesn't necessarily mean it won't contain any alcohol whatsoever. Wines can be categorised as non-alcoholic or alcohol-free providing they have an ABV of less than 0.5%.
This may pose an issue for many who wish to avoid all alcohol for personal or religious reasons. The best way to ensure your 'alcohol-free' wine is truly alcohol-free is to check the ABV prior to buying. If this is a concern for you, try to seek out non-alcoholic and de-alcoholised wines with 0.0% ABV.
One of the benefits of alcohol-free wines is the lower calorie count per 100 ml. These wines are generally lighter than your standard fare, making them an excellent choice for those looking to reduce their overall consumption or for those who follow a calorie-controlled diet.
This factor may also make them a bit more appealing than other non-alcoholic alternatives such as sugar-laden soft drinks, or indeed their 'diet' alternatives if you're seeking a flavourful beverage without any artificial sweeteners.
Having thoroughly whet your appetite for a delicious and hangover-free glass of vino, it's now time for our ranking of the top 10 best alcohol-free wines to buy online in the UK!
|Tasting Notes||Zesty apple|
|ABV||< 0.5 %|
|Calories per 100 ml||26.7 kcal|
|Tasting Notes||Fruity, white flowers and muscated white grapes|
|ABV||< 0.5 %|
|Calories per 100 ml||28 kcal|
|Tasting Notes||Wild berries and red liquorice|
|Calories per 100 ml||30 kcal|
|Type||White, Sauvignon Blanc|
|Tasting Notes||Gooseberry and tropical fruits|
|Calories per 100 ml||23 kcal|
|Tasting Notes||Raspberries, strawberries, florals, tropical fruit|
|Calories per 100 ml||25 kcal|
|Tasting Notes||Red and black fruits, vanilla, smoke and clove|
|Calories per 100 ml||32 kcal|
|Tasting Notes||Green apple, citrus, pear|
|Calories per 100 ml||14 kcal|
|Tasting Notes||Lemon curd, tropical fruits and hay|
|Calories per 100 ml||15 kcal|
|Type||Red, Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Tasting Notes||Dark fruits|
|Calories per 100 ml||17 kcal|
|Tasting Notes||Ripe strawberries and cherries|
|Calories per 100 ml||27 kcal|
Thomson & Scott
Alcohol-Free Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol-Free Semillon Chardonnay
Noughty Alcohol-Free Organic Sparkling Wine
Natureo De-Alcoholised Syrah
Alcohol-Free Sparkling Rosé
Alcohol-Free Sauvignon Blanc
Natureo De-Alcoholised Rosé
A Refreshing Rosé Bursting With Succulent Strawberries
An Exceptional Red From One of Australia's Leading Winemakers
Creamy Lemon Curd With Ripe Honeydew Melon
The Perfect Low-Sugar Alternative to a Party Fizz
A Smoky Red With Dark Fruits and Clove
Sparkling, Sweet, and Made for Cocktails
A Dry White With Tropical Aromas
The Ideal Complement to Spanish Cuisine
A Fruity Alternative to Prosecco
Zesty Green Apple With a Light Astringency
|Type||Rosé||Red, Cabernet Sauvignon||White, Chardonnay||Sparkling, Chardonnay||Red, Shiraz||Sparkling, Rosé||White, Sauvignon Blanc||Rosé||Sparkling, Spumante||White, Chardonnay|
|Tasting Notes||Ripe strawberries and cherries||Dark fruits||Lemon curd, tropical fruits and hay||Green apple, citrus, pear||Red and black fruits, vanilla, smoke and clove||Raspberries, strawberries, florals, tropical fruit||Gooseberry and tropical fruits||Wild berries and red liquorice||Fruity, white flowers and muscated white grapes||Zesty apple|
|ABV||0.0 %||0.5 %||0.5 %||0.05 %||0.0 %||0.0 %||0.0 %||0.5 %||< 0.5 %||< 0.5 %|
|Calories per 100 ml||27 kcal||17 kcal||15 kcal||14 kcal||32 kcal||25 kcal||23 kcal||30 kcal||28 kcal||26.7 kcal|
|Volume||750 ml||750 ml||750 ml||750 ml||750 ml||750 ml||750 ml||750 ml||750 ml||750 ml|
To fully enjoy your chosen alcohol-free wine, you might want to have a go at wine tasting. Whether your wine contains alcohol or not, the principles of tasting are the same and can help you to learn more about the nuances of each drink.
Not sure where to start? Wine experts Dave Roberts and Andrew Baker have some tips and tricks to get you tasting wine like a pro!
From alcohol-free versions of your favourite tipples to soft drinks that are actually beneficial to your health, it's never been easier to cut out, or cut down on, the booze. Here are some more of our suggestions to raise a glass with!
Far from just grape juice, alcohol-free wines are ever bit as nuanced and complex as their alcoholic counterparts. We hope this article has helped you to find one, or more, that you will love!
Author: Wren Mann
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