Having worked a large part of my legal drinking life in the wine trade, I have never been able to take part in Dry Jan – so for me, there has always been the alternative route, which is either drinking less – which in my role is pretty impossible, resorting to watery alcohol free wheat beers or try lower alcohol, lower sulphur wines!
Giving up alcohol is a bit like giving up smoking – when you give up smoking you crave food, a lot of food! With Alcohol, you generally crave sugar, and with this comes additional weight, and more cravings. So in my eyes, I think I’d rather keep enjoying the good stuff, but just lower the alcohol content, and there are a lot of amazing low alcohol & sulphite free wines on the market at the moment!
What is classed as low alcohol?
The average bottle of wine now-er days is between 12-14% ABV, so if you want the lovely rich flavours of wine but a lower alcohol content, you’ll love the low alcohol wine we have listed below. These low alcohol, yet quality wines are all 11.5% ABV or below making them the perfect fit for your not so dry Jan! When you go to take a sip of these wines, don’t just chuck them back like you may have done trying to enjoy the office party in December, try and be mindful, indulge but enjoy at the same time! The low alcohol revolution is set to be the biggest drinks trend this year, so you might as well jump on the bandwagon now, and try some!
What is the best alcohol-free wine?
A blend of Xarello, Macabeo and Parellada this sustainably produced Cava is from a long-established winemaking family. The cellar is located in the centre of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia village (Barcelona) and is considered one of the five oldest and most traditional cellars still running in the Penedes region.
Bocchoris Brut Cava is a pale straw-yellow, with intense green apple, and patisserie aromas. The palate is soft and fresh with integrated acidity and crisp citrus and stone fruits on the finish. At only 11.5% in alcohol, this makes this wine the perfect solution for the low alcohol and low sulphur dioxide revolution.
The Testalonga is low sulphur natural wine with aromatic and laser-bright, like lemonade for grown-ups. A fresh, bright pet nat with a taste reminiscent of the freshest apples and peaches. Off-dry and far too smashable, it’s “like lemonade for grown-ups” and insanely tasty – from one of South Africa’s most exciting winemakers. Pair with: Almost anything! Perfect for your pool-side party in South Africa and the one day of summer in the UK. (One day!!)
At only 9.5% abv this is the ultimate low alcohol, no added sulphur crowd pleaser!
The verdict on Low alcohol wines
The Pull The Cork safe bet for Dry January would be the Testalonga, it would definitely see you through Dry January and beyond – just keep dreaming of summer sun!