Decidedly a steadfast tradition nowadays, Dry January is shaping up to be more popular than ever this year. Fortunately, the world of quality non-alcoholic beverages continues to surge with demand. There are many reasons and occasions to enjoy a zero-proof glass beyond January, and whatever yours may be, your drink options are now prolific! This week we’re sharing some of our favorite non-alcoholic wines to enjoy any time of the year.
ODDBIRD: Sparkling Rosé $7.99/250mL can
Moa Gürbüzer founded Oddbird in 2013; her goal was to challenge societal norms through elevated adult beverages free of alcohol. We love her 100% tempranillo sparkling rose and think it’s a phenomenal introduction to non-alcoholic wines. This bubbly delight shows characteristics of ripe summertime berries, bright citrus, and a touch of apple sweetness. Best part? This one’s available in 250mL - friendly for the wallet and a convenient way to give non-alcoholic wine a try.
WEINGUT LEITZ: Eins Zwei Zero Chardonnay. $21.99
Germany has long been at the forefront of creating quality non-alcoholic products and Weingut Leitz is no exception. They utilize a vacuum-distillation de-alcoholization technique, which helps preserve the important aromatic qualities of a wine. While their riesling has long been a staple of Hop City’s n/a selection, their chardonnay has risen as a staff fave of late. With flavors of lime and apple, pronounced minerality, and racy acidity, this wine is great for lovers of Chablis and other zesty whites.
FRITZ MÜLLER: Müller-Thurgau Alkoholfrei $19.99
Refreshing, uncomplicated, and slightly fizzy, this wine is a winner. We’ve loved Fritz Müller’s alcoholized semi-sparkling wines for years, and we were giddy when this non-alcoholic option became available. Expect fresh, fruity aromas of green apple and grapefruit with just enough residual sugar to lend weight and sweeten your palate.
ODDBIRD: GSM $24.99
Another Oddbird offering, this dry red is a blend of grenache, syrah, mourvèdre, and carignan organically grown in the Saint-Chinian region of southern France. With notes of red and black berries, silky tannins, and baking spices, this wine is delicious on its own and fantastic with food. Have a glass with some leftover Hoppin’ John and collard greens or a hearty weeknight stew.
MARTINI & ROSSI: Vibrante Aperitivo $22.99
Vibrante aperitivo is beautifully balanced with notes of Italian bergamot and botanicals. It uses a special blend of white grapes through reverse osmosis, then is infused with sustainably sourced bitters and herbs. This non-alcoholic aperitivo is delicious on its own, but is versatile in that it can be mixed with your favorite liquor or bubbles to make a sessionable cocktail and/or spritz. Saluti to a long evening enjoyed with friends!