Have you jumped on the Dry July craze yet? I sort of did in 2019 and 2021 however I was pregnant at the time, so I had an extra incentive to be sober for the month, well 9 long months 😉
During my sobriety of pregnancy, I tried my fair share of non alcoholic wines, so to help you kick off Dry July 2023, I want to share five of my favourites to help you get through the month.
But first, let’s learn a bit more about Dry July..
What is Dry July?
Dry July is to help raise much needed funds for cancer patients and their families and carers. You can read more about where the money you raise goes on the Dry July website.
What are the rules of Dry July?
It’s pretty simple my friends, you stop drinking alcohol for the entire month of July. That is 31 days! I encourage you to not just stop drinking but to support the worthy cause because Dry July as explained above. So once you have decided to take the leap, head over to sign up and start getting sponsors.
Are there any exceptions?
Yes, there is. If you or someone you know is doing Dry July and you want to give them a night off, you can buy them a Dry July Golden Ticket for a minimum cost of $25 which entitles them to the night off. It’s a win-win situation right.
For more information on the Dry July iniative, make sure to head over to dryjuly.com
Okay, now without further ado, here are 5 of my favourite alcohol free wines which I would recommend:
I only recommend products which I love and enjoy – life’s too short for bad wine (alcohol free wine and the alcoholic versions). Please note there are some affiliate links in this post, which means at no cost to you I may receive a small amount of commission if you click through and purchase.
1. Thomson & Scott ‘Noughty’ Alcohol-Free Sparkling Chardonnay
Price: Approx. $25 from SansDrinks
Grape: Chardonnay from vineyards located in Southern Spain
Calories: 14 calories/100ml
Certifications: Certified organic, vegan and halal + the company is B Corp-certified
Hands down the best alcohol free sparkling wine I have come across. And trust me, I have tried my fair share of the last couple of years. It has lovely dry and delicate flavours of crunchy apples and refreshing citrus which ‘nearly’ transported me to thinking I was indulging in the booze filled sparkling wines I typically love.
After hearing things like ‘this is the closest non alcoholic option to champagne’, I simply had to try this alcohol-free sparkling. It’s been given rave reviews from the likes of jancisrobinson.com and been featured in the New York Times and the BBC.
2. Plus & Minus Non Alcoholic Rosé 2021
This has been my favourite alcohol free rosé that I have tasted so far!
It’s a pinky-peach colour in the glass with light aromatics of citrus, nectarines/peach and some raspberries. In the mouth it’s dry and very smashable. I rarely drink more than one or two glasses of non alcoholic wine per sitting, but I consumed the entire bottle nearly in one night when I was 36 weeks pregnant.
I’d definitely buy it again and recommend for an alcohol free rosé option.
I also like how it has a best before date on the back label. Plus don’t forget the Plus & Minus range have the addition of Grape Seed Extract (GSE) which increases the antioxidants in it – bonus!
3. Giesen 0% Pinot Gris
Giesen from New Zealand are definitely paving the way for alcohol free wines and this alcohol free Pinot Gris is probably my favourite from their 0% range.
I was sent a bottle of the 0% Pinot Gris to sample, however I have bought some since. To me this is probably one of the closest still white no alcohol wines I have come across which tastes like the real thing.
4. Ariel 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon – Non Alcoholic Red Wine
I am so impressed with this booze free red wine! And I think this would top my list currently for the best alcohol free red wine that actually tastes like wine! I’d say the oak aging definitely helps give it that ‘real wine’ taste.
Maybe also the cork closure helps impart some flavour, or it could be because I sipped it out of a Riedel WineWings Cabernet Sauvignon glass. Who knows, however the bottle was emptied (this is rare for an alcohol free wine in our house) and we bought a second bottle!
The wine hails from America, California to be exact and the alcohol is removed by gentle cold filtration. It is low in sugar and can be cellared for up to 3 years!
5. Lindemans Alcohol Free Semillon Chardonnay
Price: Approx. $8 from Dan Murphys
Alcohol: 0.5% alcohol
Made in: From the Hunter Valley, NSW
Calories: 15 calories per 100ml
Sugar: 3.5g/100ml of sugar
This alcohol free white wine really surprised me! It’s less than $10 and it’s made from two white wine grapes that I absolutely adore (Chardonnay and Semillon). I seriously thought I was going to be pouring this one down the sink along with many other zero alcohol wines I have tried over the last few years.
But no, it completely surprised me and I ended up having a couple of glasses and finished the rest of the bottle the next day. The tropical and citrus flavours really enticed my palate back for more. I’ll be buying this one again.
What will you be indulging in for Dry July? For more non alcoholic wine options click here.