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For the majority of 2019 and 2020 I was pregnant and/or breastfeeding. You can probably imagine, as a serious wine blogger (I take all my hobby’s very seriously!) this made my life extremely difficult.
It was during this time I set out on a mission to uncover some of the best non alc wine, beer and drinks on the market to somewhat satisfy the deep gapping hole in my life that full strength wine once filled.
Non Alcoholic Sparkling Wines
Funky Monkey Blanc de Blanc Zero Alcohol
McGuigan Zero Alcohol Sparkling Wine
Lyre’s Classico Non Alcoholic Sparkling in a can
Lindauer White & Pink Sparkling Non Alcoholic Wine
I had this in New Zealand over Christmas in 2019 and while it is a sparkling grape juice, it wasn’t overly sweet. Not as close to a true wine as the above, however it was yummy to drink and I definitely put back a few glasses. There is also a Lindauer Free* Brut which has 0.5% alcohol in, which would be interesting to try if you don’t mind a smidge of alcohol in there.
Non Alcoholic White Wine
Lindemans Alcohol Free Semillon Chardonnay
Price: Approx. $8 from Dan Murphys
This one really surprised me! It’s less than $10 and it’s made from two white wine grapes that I absolutely adore. 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.
Giesen Non Alcoholic 0% Sauvignon Blanc
Price: $15-20 from Dan Murphys
I was recently sent a sample of the ‘just released’ new vintage of the Giesen non-alcoholic wine and in all honesty, I was impressed!
Like its predecessor, it smells exactly like what you’d expect of a Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc – vibrant, passionfruit-y and crisp. In the mouth, it’s lighter than it’s alcohol driven cousin, yet it still tastes like a Sauv and is full of citrus and passionfruit. It’s dry, crisp and refreshing. One I would definitely buy again.
Giesen were the first to release an alcohol-removed Sauvignon Blanc in 2020 and this year (2021) they have continued to innovate:
“It is our absolute goal to produce 0% wines that taste like wine and not like grape juice, with as low calories as possible”
Since 2020 they have invested over $1 million dollars in specialised spinning cone technology which further helps them meet their goal above. They also have a 0% Pinot Gris and Rose blends for released in Australia in September 2021.
Learn more about 0% wine and Giesen’s special spinning cone technology below:
Giesen 0% Pinot Gris
Price: Approx. $19 from places like Craft Zero and Our Cellar
I know this is the 3rd Giesen 0% wine in this post, but I have to admit I am impressed with what this New Zealand winery is putting out right now in this category.
I was sent a bottle of the 0% Pinot Gris to try and it’s safe to say I will be buying more when I am in need of a 0% alcohol wine. To me this is probably one of the closest still white no alcohol wines I have come across which tastes like the real thing. Although based on the beautiful colour, it nearly looks like a Rosé. Don’t you love Pinot Gris!
Therefore if you like your Pinot Gris, and want a 0% version, make sure to check it out.
Non Alcoholic Rosé Wines
Giesen 0% Rosé
Price: Approx. $19 from places like Craft Zero and Our Cellar
I was kindly sent a bottle of this newly release Marlborough (New Zealand) Rosé to taste in November 2021 and I thoroughly enjoyed it from its pretty peach colour in the glass to its palate cleansing finish. It’s light, filled with red berries, peach, apple and it’s bloody smashable if you ask me. Definitely on the dry side of the spectrum and has some nice citrus notes that make it super refreshing.
Like the 0% Sauvignon Blanc mentioned in this post, it’s made just like full-strength wine and then undergoes the special Giesen spinning cone distillation which gently removes the alcohol.
Funky Monkey Zero Alcohol Rosé
Price: Approx $13 from Dan Murphy’s
Yes I know, another Funky Monkey wine, but what can I say – these guys do them pretty darn well! This Rosé is pretty darn smash-able, it’s light, easy drinking and very refreshing. In fact it’s so light, you could literally drink it all day. Plus there’s the added bonus of no hangover the next day too 😉
It’s dry and full of delicate red summer berry notes on the palate. It’s made from Pinot Noir, so it’s no surprise, it’s light, fruity and scrumptious. I would drink this again, especially in summer on a super hot day.
I also really like how Fourth Wave Wine include the addition of Grape See Extract (GSE) for an extra hit of antioxidants in their Funky Monkey range too!
Non Alcoholic Red Wines
Funky Monkey Zero Alcohol Pinot Noir
Price: Approx $15 from BWS
I actually received this bottle as a sample and I was surprisingly very impressed. I haven’t tried many zero alcohol red wines which don’t just taste like grape juice. This one is light and fruity, which you can expect that from Pinot, however it does nearly smell and taste like it could be actual wine.
If I wanted a zero alcohol red wine, I would definitely not hesitate to buy this. It’s full of cherries and red fruit, a sprinkle of spice and some dried herbs too.
This range is newly launched (June 2021) and comes from the team behind the ‘No Evil’ organic wines from Fourth Wave Wines. The grapes come from premium dry-grown South Australian vineyards and are hand crafted using boutique small batch winemaking techniques. Therefore they are made like a normal wine and then the alcohol is removed.
Plus grape skin extract is added during the wine making process which adds to the flavour and also gives the additional benefit of more naturally occurring antioxidants compared to standard wine 😉
There is also a Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine and Pinot Grigio in the range.
Fourth Wave are the team behind the new The Conscious Drop website – an online hub for those looking for zero alcohol, preservative free, vegan and organic wines.
Ariel 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon – Non Alcoholic Red Wine
Price: Approx. $15 from Dan Murphys
I am so impressed with this booze free red wine! And I think this would top my list currently for the best sans alcohol red wine that actually tastes like wine! I’d say the oak aging of the wine definitely helps give it that ‘real wine’ taste.
Maybe also the cork closure helps impart some flavour, it also could be because I sipped it out of my brand new Riedel WineWings Cabernet Sauvignon glass that I was kindly gifted. Who knows, however the bottle was emptied (this is rare for non alc wine in our house) and we bought a 2nd bottle!
The wine hails from America, California to be exact and the alcohol is removed by alcohol gentle cold filtration. It is low in sugar (3.7 g/100ml) and can be cellared for up to 3 years!
Other Non Alcoholic Drinks
Monday Distillery Non-Alcoholic Classic G&T
Hands down my favourite non-alcoholic beverage. I would take a glass of this over most of the non-alcoholic wines as it is just so on point. If you like your gin and tonic but want one without a hangover, then you need to get your lips around these asap. They are fairly pricey at $20 for 4 x 300ml bottles, however they really do quench the thirst just like a fully alcohol-loaded G&T.
Places to buy non-alcoholic wine online
Here are some more places you can look for zero alcohol wine and drinks:
- Dan Murphy’s have a range of Non Alcoholic Wine
- Vinomofo do a special No Alcohol Wine 6-Pack
- Altina Drinks sound like they have some good non alcoholic rose and cocktails
- Craft Zero
- Sans Drinks
- Sip & Enjoy
When the mood strikes, I will be adding to this list, so make sure to bookmark this post and stay tuned to the latest and greatest alcohol free wine and beverages available here in Australia.