While all of the components of a good red or white wine are in the glass and the taste is fine, but some of the aromas and complex tastes of wine are actually not discernible as it is the alcohol that draws many of them together and delivers them to your nose and taste buds.
For example, most of the aromas in wine are transmitted from the surface of the wine by evaporating alcohol. When the alcohol is removed, the aromas no longer have a delivery method. Non-alcoholic wines definitely have aromas, but for now, most are associated with their post fermentation flavours. This is particularly noticeable with red wines.
Similarly, many of the flavours are highly soluble in alcohol and it is the alcohol that delivers these nuanced characteristics to your taste buds, along with mouth feel and 'thickness' of wine. All the good tastes are there, but without the alcohol they are not as apparent to your taste. As a result, non-alcoholic wines typically taste lighter and have less depth of flavour to their alcoholic equivalents. As well, de-alcoholised wines tend to taste a little more sweet as the residual sugar left is not fermented to the end.
On the other hand, non-alcoholic wines typically taste fruitier and fresher, and pair every bit as well with different foods the same as their alcoholic cousins with similar pairings.
The trick when drinking a non-alcoholic wine is just to approach it differently. You can't drink it expecting it to taste exactly like the wine you are used to, however that doesn't mean that it can't be enjoyable. It's about having an open mind when you taste it, and not expecting to taste like wine that has alcohol in it. Swirl it in your mouth and enjoy the fresh flavours, knowing it's also great for your mind and body!!
You can check Alcofree's non-alcoholic wines here .. SS xx
It was the beautiful labeling that first grabbed my attention with the Kitl Syrups at the Fine Food Australia Show and ALL the flavors are absolutely amazing!! However, Trev's fav is the Pink Grapefruit and for yours truly it is the Elderflower. They are cold press and made with organic herbs. Drink on hot days (Mojito, sparkling or soda water) or cold evenings (think ginger or mint hot chocolate yummo). You can buy Kitl Syrups here EnJOY SS xx
Brand new, the Vitis Botanica makes a chic non-alcoholic companion for your social life. A refreshing, lightly sparkling drink made from pressed hand-picked Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and crafted by Ros, an award-winning local wine maker from South Australia.
Because the grapevine is as ancient and proverbial as dreaming, Vitis is Latin for ‘grapevine’ and Botanica illustrates the natural and medicinal properties of the fruit.
You can buy the delightful Vitis Botanica here at Alcofree
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As a customer told me over the phone yesterday ... Trev & I really do have a great job, tasting and enjoying all these amazing drinks that we sell! As good as these drinks are though the real jewel in the crown is the Lussory Gold 24-Karat edible gold that feels velvety smooth in the mouth (not a single piece of grit). Fact: 26,000 bottles of Lussory Gold is sold in Emirates every month! It's available exclusively at Alcofree & it's cheaper here than you can buy it there.
Drinking a mouthful of Hillbilly Crushed Apple Cider is like biting into a crisp, juicy granny smith apple ... 100% whole crushed mountain apples including an apple named Julie, a previously unused cider making apple. The results speak for themselves. This is a good non-alcoholic cider.
With no added sugar or concentrates the cider is unpasteurised and gluten free. The apples are sourced from Bilpin and crushed in Appledale near Orange NSW. You can buy here at Alcofree .. SS xx