Wine is a tradition and one that’s really hard to let go, for obvious reasons. While everyone likes to indulge in a nice red during the holidays or other events, there are times when you would much rather keep your wits about you rather than finding yourself in the unforgiving grip of drunkenness. Maybe you need to drive home, or maybe you have plans afterward. Either way, what you need is a good low alcohol wine, and one that you can access easily.
Now it is true that there are plenty of low alcohol alternatives out there, but the question you might have, is what is the difference? We’re not going to lie, it’s a good question, and we’re not going to tell you that there’s absolutely no difference whatsoever. What we would tell you, is that these wines tend to be lighter, they are sweeter, and they are definitely fruitier. Generally they will have anywhere between 5% and 13% alcohol which isn’t much lower than ‘regular’ wine, but it definitely makes a difference. The major differential here is that low alcohol wines are lower in tannins and higher in fruit, so it’s not very complicated.
Ceretto Moscato D’asti Vignaioli Di Santo Stefano 2014
We’re going to say that with a 5% ABV rating, this is probably the lowest alcohol wine that you’re going to find. It’s pretty rich, definitely sweet, but it does have an acidity to it that gives that start reminder that yes, you are drinking a wine and not a fruit juice. This is definitely a great choice if you’re just starting out on your wine tasting adventures or just want to keep your higher motor functions for a little while longer.
Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2014
This one is a little higher in the alcohol content with a 13% ABV and once again, it’s definitely not low quality. It has a pretty good balance of acidity and citrus, and quite frankly, it’s got a bit of a nutty flavor to it. The wine itself is comprise of 100% Chardonnay, but don’t let that scare you off.
Made with 100% Chardonnay, but nothing like the low-cost California oak-and-butter bombs you’re by now terrified of. Rather, you’ll get a restrained use of oak here, with a nice balance of acidity, delicate citrus, and a pleasantly drying nuttiness. About 13% ABV.
Bodega Sucesores De Benito 2011
It’s a little lower than the last one, so it sits somewhere in the middle of the spectrum to be perfectly honest. This, like many others that share the same properties is a bit dry, citrusy, and it’s pretty light to be honest. It has a pretty strong acidity and is great for pairing. Despite the fact that it has 12.5% ABV, it has a lot going on.
Omero Cellars “Omero Vineyard” Pinot Gris 2013
Finally, we have a bottle with an ABV of 12% and like the previous entry, it has a lot going on. It has a rich selection of orchard flavors infused, and it really gives you that ‘vineyard’ taste. It’s definitely something you’re going to want to try if you’re looking for low alcohol content, but not quite so low that you feel like you’re drinking fruit juice.
Staying sober and having a drink at the same time doesn’t have to be hard. Try one of these wines, or all of them, and enjoy![Image Credit]