Have you heard of alcohol-removed wine and become curious about exactly what that means? I completely get that as the various de alcoholized wine terms can be confusing at first. I originally wrote this post as a review of V/NO Napa Valley alcohol-removed wines. “Wine for anytime,” was their slogan and it was quite apt. I have rewritten this post to answer all the questions I got about non alcoholic wines.
Why would you drink Alcohol-Removed Wine?
There are lots of reasons you may be interested in alcohol-removed wine or as I’d call it non-alcoholic wine. As a mother, the most obvious is that you may be trying to get pregnant but still want to enjoy a drink with those around you. Or you may just be busy being a parent and not want to feel any effects of the alcohol but still enjoy sipping on a glass of wine with your dinner.
There are also times when you want to drink socially with others but you’d prefer not to have alcohol. Whether you are enjoying a business lunch or you have an early morning the next day, non-alcoholic wine may be a great option. Regardless of the reason, alcohol-removed wines are a great option to have on hand for yourself and for guests.
Alcohol-Removed Wine Vs. Non Alcoholic Wine
I was able to try the V/NO alcohol-removed wine for myself and it taste like… wine! I was wondering if it would somehow taste different- more like grape juice but it does not. It still tastes like wine. And that brings us back to this question:
What is the difference between grape juice and alcohol-removed wine and non alcoholic wine?
Grape juice is the juice of grapes while wine takes the juice of grapes through a fermentation process. Some people hear “non alcoholic wine” and think, “oh, well that is just grape juice”. However it is not the same thing.
Alcohol-removed wine and non alcoholic wine are two different names for fermented grape juice (aka wine) with the alcohol removed at the end of the process. The term “Alcohol-removed wine” is intended to be more clear that the fermentation process has still occurred and changed it to wine before the alcohol was removed. You can details at USA Wine Ratings if you want to know more.
Health Benefits of Wine NOT Removed
Red, White, and Rosé are premium de-alcoholized wine options. Before bottling, the alcohol is removed from the beverage using a technique known as cold filtration. Don’t worry, cold filtration removes the alcohol without removing the health benefits of drinking wine. Non alcoholic wine still has all of the positive associations and beneficial attributes of traditional wine consumption without the alcohol. It still contains resveratrol which has been found to aid in the prevention of age-related disorders, such as neurodegenerative diseases, inflammation, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Alcohol removed wine still contains polyphenols that exert a protective effect on the cardiovascular system. So now wine lovers can enjoy a sophisticated and healthier option every day.
V/NO Perfect Servings
V/NO has very clever packaging and comes in perfect serving sizes with a serving flute attached to the package. It is a delicious beverage for moms, dads, families and friends to enjoy with an alcohol content less than .5%, and half the calories and sugar of traditional wine, with no added sugars or chemicals. The lid of the bottle doubles as the stem to your wine glass so you just twist the cap and pull off the wine glass, pour, and serve. I think the clever little bottles make it perfect for packing along on picnics or to sporting events. I also think V/NO packaging is perfect for serving at parties as on option for health conscious guests.
You may also like to try these 10 best non alcoholic wines suggested by Town and Country Magazine.
Where To Buy Alcohol-Removed Wines
Non alcoholic wine is growing in popularity these days and you can often find it at a local retailer. Amazon is also a great place to find a wide selection of available alcohol removed wines.
So do you think you will try alcohol-removed wine?