We can’t imagine a life without being able to drink wine and you certainly shouldn’t have to live one! However, it’s not always easy to find good alternatives to drinking wine. Toasting with a soda or a glass of juice isn’t quite the same as clinking wine glasses, so we’ve put together a list of de-alcoholized wines and wine-like alternatives for people anyone looking to decrease the amount of alcohol they’re drinking. Pour into your favourite stemware, raise that glass, and no one is the wiser.
Alcohol-Free / Low Alcohol Wines: Best Non-Alcoholic Wine Alternatives for Non-Drinkers
This is a de-alcoholized wine is made up of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Petite Sirah, and 13% other red varietals. This wine can cellar up to 3 years, is fat-free and gluten-free. Best part? Contains less than 0.5% ABV.
This German, semi-dry, de-alcoholized wine is made with the Dornfelder grape variety. It contains 21 calories, 4.8g carbohydrates, 4.3g of residual sugar per litre and 0.0% ABV.
This is an elegant alternative to wine. A multi-stage, advanced technology was used to remove the alcohol but retain the wines natural flavours. The technology isolates flavour volatiles that are put back into the wine after the alcohol is reduced to from 12% to 0.05% ABV. (99.6% alcohol free wine) This wine alternative contains 55 calories per an 8oz glass.
The bottle looks like a classic Champagne bottle and label. Multi-stage, advanced technology in alcohol removal to retain wine flavours. The technology isolates flavour volatiles that are put back into the wine after the alcohol is reduced to from 12% to .05% ABV.
A non-alcoholic wine-like beverage / grape-based drink. Made from French and Italian grapes that are lightly blended with spring water. Natural flavourings and notes of Sauvignon are added to this bottle. 30 calories per litre. Gluten free, vegan, and no sulphites. This “wine” contains 0.1% ABV.
This grape-based drink was made from French and Italian grapes lightly blended with spring water. Natural flavourings are also added. 30 calories per litre. Gluten free, vegan, and no sulphites. This “wine” contains 0.1% ABV.
This botanical beverage has added vitamins, minerals and amino acids. No added sugar, or artificial sweeteners, flavours or preservatives. This “wine” contains 14 calories per 100 litres. 0.0% ABV.
This non-alcoholic sparkling beverage is made with fresh picked apples and peaches from British Columbia. The fruit is crushed, cold filtered and carbonated. There is no added sugar, water, or alcohol.
A rich, alcohol-free red wine with deep ruby colour and aromas of cherries and plums. And with only 26 calories in a 125ml glass, what’s not to love? Contains 0% ABV. Pair this wine with lamb or beef.
Not All Non-Alcoholic Wines Are Created Equal
What does de-alcoholized mean?
De-alcoholized wines actually contain some alcohol — generally 0.5% ABV. These wines are branded as ‘alcohol free’.
Do de-alcoholized wines taste the same as normal wines?
When alcohol is removed from a wine, you also lose aroma. When you lose aroma, you lose flavour. Removing the alcohol also affects the texture or mouthfeel of the wine. If you’re a wine drinker going dry for a time, then non-alcoholic wines won’t quite be exactly the same as wine you’re used to.
How are alcohol free wines made?
There are two main processes for making de-alcoholized wine: vacuum distillation and reverse osmosis. In both cases, the process starts with making an alcoholic wine from grape juice and then extracting the alcohol.
Going dry doesn’t have to be tasteless. There are options available for non drinkers, like fun mocktails like alcohol-free wines, non-boozy beverages and tasty kombucha.