Discover The Best Benefits of Drinking Non-alcoholic Wine
Alcohol free wine is on the rise and the Craftzero team are pretty sure we know why! When non-alcoholic wine was first introduced to Australian tastebuds, there were minimal options and the flavours didn’t compare enough to the original thing.
Alcoholic free wine has come a long way since those early days and now ranks as a much tastier alternative. That’s not the only reason why you should consider taking the plunge into these modern wines.
Read on to discover the top reasons why wine without the high alcohol content is such a great option below!
A careful process promises a quality result
Non-alcoholic wine can be created in a few different ways. The process is actually as much of a challenge (sometimes more so) than producing actual wine, because there is the extra step involved of removing the alcohol from the fermented juice.
A lot of these methods rely on expensive equipment and skilled individuals to produce a high quality (and flavourful) result.
One of these is vacuum distillation. Making non-alcoholic wine this way relies on temperature to remove alcohol and blending aromatics back in after.
Another method is filtration which focuses on removing the alcoholic content, but retaining the all-important original fruity flavours, aromas and textures wine is renowned for.
Sparkling non-alcoholic cider has been loved for the longest time, and some non-alcoholic wine manufacturers have adapted those processes or gone down the simple route of mixing grapes used for wine with carbonated water for a deliciously refreshing, sparkling alternative to the ‘real thing’.
Same, same, but different
We all know the standard wines – white, red, rosé and the variants in-between for each. In much the same way, non-alcoholic wine is full of modern experimentation and new techniques to add in bold, quirky flavours that tastes new and refreshing.
This includes mixing different types of fruits in with your usual grape blend, adding in green tea and playing with botanical notes.
If you’ve ever been to a wine tasting you’ll remember the buzz word ‘tannins’. Tannins are derived from the skins, stems and seeds of grapes used to produce wine and give a unique taste and flavour that are often slightly tart or zesty. Alcohol free wine still has a tannic hint!
Guilt free wine time!
Although every brand is slightly different, on average, alcohol free wine has around half the calories of regular wine.
In the past, trying to be alcohol free didn’t always mean you had a healthy alternative. On the one hand, you could spend the night drinking plain old water, and on the other, a cup of coffee, tea or a sugary soft drink which meant that you’d be up all night.
You can now enjoy a glass (or two, or three) of alcohol-free wine to your heart’s content without affecting your sleep pattern.
Moreover, alcohol free wine includes antioxidants from the skin of grapes that help fight free radical damage and prevent premature aging – yes please!
Want even more health benefits? Thomson and Scott use 100% organic grapes and are vegan certified. Their alcohol-free sparkling wine is available here.
Go global, or show local love
Australia is home to many great warm and cool wine regions with a lot of 100% wholly owned Aussie cellar doors trying their hand at offering the people what they want – a hangover free, no alcohol or low alcohol alternative to wine, that still resembles the real thing.
It’s easy to support these manufacturers and show local love with your wine purchase, knowing the grapes were grown and harvested right here too. Plus & Minus Pinot Grigio with hints of pear, apple and citrus is crafted in South Australia and available for purchase here.
After a change and something from further across the globe? Major wine suppliers offer you an exotic taste without the not-so-nice side effects. Craftzero stock a range of international non-alcoholic wines, including a light, delicate alcohol-free sparkling wine by Germany’s Henkell that is both affordable and delicious. Try it for yourself, here.
If you never want to wake up the next morning feeling like you might have said or done something a little silly, or are dealing with a raging, pounding headache and a nauseous, queasy feeling – then alcohol free wine is about to be your bbf – best beverage friend.
Although technically not every non-alcoholic wine has a content of exactly 0% alcohol, they are indeed very low and it would take around 8-10 of them to equal one standard glass.
Did you know that even fruit has natural fermentation where ethyl alcohol is present in low quantities? Yup, that means even your freshly juiced morning orange juice might be low alcohol too!
The main moral of the story is, you can rest assured that a hangover is a thing of the past when drinking alcohol free wine.
A social option everyone can enjoy
There are lots of reasons you might not want to drink and this may be a temporary thing, a sporadic thing you switch between based on your lifestyle and circumstance, or a permanent stance.
Some reasons include:
- Medications/health reasons
- Other personal preferences
That makes up a bigger part of the population than you may realise and this is exactly why a non-alcoholic wine option is so welcome.
Alcohol free wine enables everyone on or off that list to still enjoy a crisp, refreshing beverage or be social with friends.
Whereas weeknights were strictly a ‘roll-the-dice and hope I feel okay for work/uni/the gym tomorrow’ – now you can rest assured that your wine choice won’t prevent you from fun Sunday-Thursday.
Alcohol free wine also makes it easier if you’re trying to cut back, because you can begin by substituting every second alcoholic wine for a non-alcoholic one and you’ll feel a difference the next morning!
Non-alcoholic wine gives you the flexibility and versatility to balance alcohol and non-alcohol in the way that works best for your lifestyle and needs (and tastes of course)!
It’s a well-known fact that athletes training for competitions, or individuals facing intense periods at work or managing their health goals prefer to opt for alcohol free beverages that doesn’t impede or impact their performance as much.
Affordable & easy to get your hands on
More and more social venues and retailers are offering an alcohol-free wine alternative to customers, and the internet has the widest variety, just one click away.
Craftzero has a fantastic selection of the tastiest non-alcoholic wines available at great prices – all delivered right to your door in a timely fashion.
Not sure where to begin? Our house recommendations are:
Rosé – Plus & Minus: This South Australian blend is rich in antioxidants aka wine with extra health benefits (which is like having your cake and eating it too!). It brings together ripe berries and a hint of earthiness for a divine, gentle taste. Available here!
White – Giesen 0% Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc: A perfect blend of acidic and fruity notes from New Zealand grapes. Satisfy your white wine craving with less calories and without the hangover here!
Red – Darling Cellars De-Alcoholised Shiraz: This bottle of joy comes 100% Shiraz with luscious red fruit, crushed black pepper, dried rose petals, and candied cherries, as well as well-integrated French Oak tannins, a key in a good red. Give it a go here!
Want a cross between wine and a cocktail?
Try Tropical, Fruity, Taste of Summer – Light Live Mango: This Austrian import lives up to the tangy, Caribbean promises. Delicious on its own or with a mixer that has fewer calories than any alcoholic version. Be as heavy handed as you like with your pours! Grab it here!