- Alcohol free wine
Similar to the alcohol free beer thread, suggestions for alcohol free wine, or substitutes.
Red in particular.
The ones in the supermarkets tend to sound boring. Loads of varieties of all kinds of real wine then one bottle just labelled “Alcohol free wine”. Though I’ve not browsed through the big supermarkets recently, mainly the smaller ones.
Substitute for me with red wine so far has been blackcurrant squash or high-juice (more fruit content). Problem is supermarkets aren’t doing the blackcurrant stuff so much other than Robinsons, and all this stuff is just syrupy flavoured gunk with maybe some highly processed fruit juice. High juice better nutritionally aside from the high amount of sugar.
White is not so bad. Appletiser works well for me. Red variants of things like that don’t work though. Sparkling drink substituting white is okay, but sparkling red is wrong especially with meals.Posted 1 month agotrail_ratMember
there are plenty of options but the most common alcohol free red wine*eisberg* is **** awful.
Wife drank it at xmas due to being in the early stages of pregnancy and not wanting anyone to notice…..
even she couldn’t stomach it …. but it served the purpose of looking like wine 😀Posted 1 month ago
Why not use red/white grape juice?
To be honest, I’ve not tried. I tend to shop in the small shops and they don’t usually have it. Not red. Cranberry maybe but it’s too fruity and sweet.
Problem is a lot of fruit juice stuff is too sweet really.
Shloer is sparkling and mostly flavoured water with a bit of fruit juice. Doesn’t work for me at all for red wine substitute.
Looking for things that will say to my brain “this is wine… almost” 😀
I’ll check out plain red grape juice though.Posted 1 month agodevashMember
They aren’t that great unfortunately and have a tendency to taste syrupy sweet due to the addition of glycerine as a thickening agent to replicate the viscosity of regular wine. Ethanol is denser than water so when you take it out of regular wine you lose the “body” and glycerine is supposed to add that back, however has a slightly sweet artificial taste to it.Posted 1 month agotomdSubscriber
Ethanol is denser than water
I’ve yet to try any palatable alcohol free wines. I guess it’s challenging to remove such a large component of something and make it taste like the it did before. I also expect you can’t easily extract just the alcohol from wine without taking a lot of the flavour components with it.Posted 1 month agoBenjiMMember
Co-op Chardonnay Grape Juice is quite good as no alcoholic wine type drinks go. https://www.coop.co.uk/products/co-op-irresistible-non-alcoholic-sparkling-chardonnay-750mlPosted 1 month agoIdleJonSubscriber
Problem is supermarkets aren’t doing the blackcurrant stuff so much other than Robinsons,
I tend to shop in the small shops
I can’t say I’m fussy about squash, but I’ve never had a problem finding all sorts of flavours in all sorts of larger supermarkets. Maybe you need to look in a different shop? (M&S seem to prefer selling high juice squash.)Posted 1 month agoretro83Member
Sure there is, it’s called grape juice. See also, alcohol-free cider.
No Alcohol cider at least tastes vaguely like cider though. Grape juice tastes nothing like wine (or at least I’ve never found any that does).
Apparently you can get non-alcoholic red wine (that is to say wine that’s had the alcohol subsequently removed) – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eisberg-Cabernet-Sauvignon-Alcohol-Free/dp/B016WHMN90 – never seen it in any shops thoughPosted 1 month agotrail_ratMember
Apparently you can get non-alcoholic red wine (that is to say wine that’s had the alcohol subsequently removed) –
That’s the stuff I mentioned further up. It’s sodding awful. That stuff is synonymous with non alcoholic wine ….it’s the Becks blue of the wine world it’s in all the shops it’s rancid.
There is a wide range of non alcoholic wine availible via wine shops (majestic et all) that might taste betterPosted 1 month ago
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