Want the taste of a chardonnay or rosé but none of that hangover the next day? Non-alcoholic wines can be a bit tough to hunt down, but once you find them, they're the perfect match for alcohol-free days. And no, we're not referring to the sugary sparkling grape juice cocktails of your childhood. The options out there taste surprisingly similar to real wine.
We've found five definitively adult alcohol-free wine substitutes for your consideration below, ranging from affordable to splurge-worthy. All can be conveniently ordered online.
Though it's free of alcohol, this bottle is made from real grapes and follows a similar process to that of wine with alcohol. The only difference is that the alcohol is removed by putting the wine through a machine called the "spinning cone." So if you love chardonnay but would rather skip out on the effects of alcohol, then this is a great option.
Ariel wines are dealcoholized but they don't taste any different from the ones you may be used to drinking. If you opt for one of their reds, you can still reap the health benefits from antioxidant properties of red wine, like polyphenols, only you won't have to worry about the potentially unhealthy effects of alcohol.
This option mimics chardonnay, with aromas of apple, pear, and toasty oak. Try pairing it with seafood or pasta for a perfect match.
Nope, you don't even have to miss out on rosé when deciding to go sans alcohol. Pierre Chavin's option has the aroma of red fruits with a slightly sweet finish. It's produced in France using traditional methods, and then dealcoholized. It pairs well with salads or sweets.
Never miss out on a celebratory toast by opting for this champagne replacement. It was specifically designed with chefs to pair well with food and is made of a dry blend of white tea, white cranberry, and ginger. Unique.
This Spanish red wine is made using traditional methods and then dealcoholized. It has fruit and vanilla notes with persistent tannins.
Weibel Vineyards in California makes this champagne replacement that has flavors of apple and peach. Try mixing it with orange juice for a faux-mimosa.
This smooth merlot has flavors of cherry. It offers the health benefits of red wine, but with only about half of the calories. We can raise our glass to that.
You can't forget about sangria. These bottles only have 80 calories a pop with only a slightly sweet and are made with no high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors or flavors, or preservatives. The "sansgria" is made of French, Italian, and Spanish wine grapes as well as spices and botanicals.
This Portuguese wine is made of Fernão Pires and Arinto grapes. It's light, with a medium finish and a tropical fruit aroma. Try it with salads, chicken, and Italian and Mexican foods. It's made just like regular wine but dealcoholized using a spinning cone.
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