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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 alcoholic wine, beer and drinks on the market to somewhat satisfy the deep gapping hole in my life that full strength wine once filled.
Whether you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, aiming for a healthier lifestyle (less alcohol = less calories), needing a 0.00 BAC level for work, participating in Dry July or just want a teetotaler sort of life, then this post is for you!
Grab a glass and jump straight in:
Over the course of the last few years I have tried a number of alcohol free wines, beers and spirits, and many I will not mention here. The one’s I do mention are the one’s that I personally enjoyed for the reasons I state below.
And for me, the one’s I like are the one’s that taste the most like the real thing. I found, especially for non alcohol wine, that many just taste like grape juice you’d give your kids. Which don’t get me wrong, is incredibly yummy, but if I’m buying a zero alcohol wine, I want it to taste as close to standard wine as possible.
Now before I dig into my top alcohol free wine and drinks, let’s learn a bit more about the stuff:
- Is 'non-alcoholic 'and 'de-alcoholised wine' the same?
No, I learnt this fairly early on that de-alcoholised wine is much more closer in nature to real wine than wine labelled as non-alcoholic wine. This is simply because de-alcoholised wine is made in virtually the same way as wine with alcohol, except for the fact that the alcohol is removed through either vacuum distillation or reverse osmosis. Do you research before you purchase and find out how the wine was made to give you the best idea of what you're in for.
- Is non-alcoholic wine really non-alcoholic?
No, not all wine which is labelled as non-alcohol / alcohol free / de-alcoholised wine is actually 0%. Make sure to check on the back of the label, as you'll find some sit at 0.5% alcohol. 0.5% is legally classified as alcohol free as it contains not more than 0.5% alcohol/volume – about the same levels that naturally occur in fruit juice.
- Are non-alcoholic wines any good?
It's like anything, there are some good ones and some bad ones. Plus it wholeheartedly relies on your palate as to what you prefer. Even though I am saying the below are the best, they are the best from my palate's point of view. Therefore if you find one you love, I would be so happy if you could comment at the bottom of this post to help spread the world about it.
So here they are, my favourite non alcoholic wines and drinks:
Funky Monkey Zero Alcohol Pinot Noir
Price: $15 from BWS
I actually received this bottle as a sample recently and I was surprisingly very impressed. I haven’t tried many non alcoholic 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 non alcoholic 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 non alcoholic 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.
McGuigan Zero Alcohol Sparkling Wine
For a sparkling wine, I was actually quite impressed with this zero alcohol bubbles. It’s easy to consume and on the dry spectrum, so if you’re not a sweet tooth, it means you can have a few glasses and let the bubbles sans alcohol go to your head. Think crisp citrus, pears and apples with a nice vibrant fizz. Though for the pregnant wine-lovers, watch out, it can increase the gassiness!
Giesen Non Alcoholic 0% Sauvignon Blanc
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:
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.
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.
Places to buy non-alcoholic wine online:
Here are some more places you can look for zero alcohol wine and drinks:
- Sans Drinks
- Altina Drinks sound like they have some good non alcoholic rose and cocktails
- Craft Zero
- Vinomofo do a special No Alcohol Wine 6-Pack
- Dan Murphy’s have a range of Non Alcoholic Wine
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.