Dry January seems to be grabbing headlines everywhere with the start of 2023 as the world of non-alcoholic beverages continues to surge with demand. One look at the encroaching floorspace of this category at Hop City is certainly reflective of the trend. But there are many reasons and occasions to enjoy a zero-proof glass beyond January, and whatever yours may be, your drink options are now quite prolific! This week we’re sharing some of our favorite non-alcoholic wines to enjoy any time of the year.
ODDBIRDLow-Intervention Organic White No. 2
A traditional white blend from the Alsace region of France. Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc, & Riesling come together to create an aromatic, full bodied wine. You’ll get notes of citrus zest, orchard fruits, white florals, and honey.
Oddbird Low-Intervention Organic White No. 2 - $31.99; available at West End
This sparkling blend hails from the Languedoc region in southern France. The wine grows in light clay-limestone soil and ages for 12 months before bottling. This bubbly delight shows characteristics of ripe summertime berries, bright citrus, and a touch of apple sweetness. It’s a great option for your happy hour aperitif or after dinner treat.
Oddbird Rose - $24.99; available at West End
Zero Zero Tinto & Blanco
Hailing from northern Spain, Le Naturel uses a delicate, cold temperature de-alcoholization process to help keep the integrity of their zero proof wines.
The Tinto is made from hand-picked Garnacha grapes that see a short maceration before bottling. It is bright and fresh with flavors of raspberries, blood orange, and a touch of spice.
Le Naturel’s blanco is a blend of Garnacha Blanca and Viura (aka Macabeo). Like its red sibling, this wine sees minimal intervention. It has a medium body with good acidity and strong flavors of melon, honeysuckle, citrus, and stone fruit.
Eins Zwei Zero Riesling
Germany has long been at the forefront of creating quality non-alcoholic products and Weingut Leitz is no exception. They have found that using a vacuum-distillation helps preserve the important aromatic qualities of a wine. Their Riesling showcases this with aromas of orange zest, rhubarb, and tarragon. The palate shows flavors of lime, apple, and minerality with a gentle sweetness. Try the smaller 250 mL can as a wallet friendly and guilt free purchase.