If you don't like drinking alcohol, you can still order wine. Yes, you read that right. The new trend at vineyards involves removing alcohol from their products. Michele Lightfoot explains.
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No more, I say! I have recently stumbled across a new breed of wine: nonalcoholic or dealcoholized wine. Don't mistake these gems for ordinary grape juice. They are actual wines that go through an additional process: alcohol-removal. They come in same tastes as typical wines. Chardonnay, Merlot, Red, White, Riesling, White Zinfandel, Brut and Spumante are just some of the varieties available under the flag of dealcoholized wine.
Traditionalists may say the term nonalcoholic could refer to any beverage free of alcohol. But wineries have been using the term to describe wines that have almost all of the alcohol removed. Nonalcoholic and dealcoholized are used interchangeably, when referring to wines.
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Who they are and how to get them
The prices vary from around $3 a bottle to $7, with the sparkling wines being at the higher end. As Sutter Home is a national brand, these wines are probably the most available across the United States.
Carl Jung, a winery in Germany, has been making nonalcoholic wines for decades. It sells primarily over the Internet, but is expanding rapidly. The winery produces White, Red, Rose, Merlot, Riesling, White Sparkling and Peach Sparkling. The price is around $4.50 a bottle, but watch for shipping costs.
Ariel Vineyards in California sells mostly on the West coast, but can also be found in certain outlets throughout the United States. Ariel specializes in nonalcoholic wines, in fact, it is all it produces. The company sells Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rogue, Blanc, Chardonnay, White Zinfandel and Brut Cuvee. The prices are around $5 a bottle. Graham Kerr, noted chef and author, is the Ariel Vineyards Ambassador of Food and Wine. In conjunction with the vineyard, Mr. Kerr has compiled a collection of recipes using Ariel's wines.
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