5 of the Best: Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Wines for Christmas 2021By Angelica Malin
If you’re going booze-free this Christmas, or just fancy cutting down your alcohol intake, we’ve got you covered. Before you reach for the soda water, here’s 5 of the best non-alcoholic sparkling wines on the market. Drink up:
The Lowdown: This vibrant sparkling rosé demonstrates a clean textured palate with length and freshness. These bubbles are very fine with a streaming effect and elegant mousse. Containing only naturally occurring sugars, Belle & Co. bubbles taste like a wine and not like a soft drink.
Serve Suggestions: With a dash of Angostura bitters
Food Pairings: Tapas, hors d’oeuvres – or simple party food! Feta and other cheese, veggie skewers, salmon and seafood with breads and pastries.
The Lowdown: A very pale straw yellow colour, with a fine and persistent stream of bubbles. The wine has an intensely fruity aroma reminiscent of acacia and wisteria flowers, with clear hints of ripe golden apple, exotic fruit salad and citrus fruits.
Serve Suggestions: With a splash of elderflower cordial.
Food Pairings: Canapés, salad and seafood – try with Prosciutto-wrapped dates, Asian noodles and sushi.
The Lowdown: Pale yellow, clean and bright. With initial aromas of white fruit, like pear or apple that ripens through the aromas of banana, this sparkling wine finishes with tropical and exotic aromas like pineapple or mango, leaving a delicate and long-lasting aftertaste.
Serve Suggestions: Enjoy as an aperitif or pour into some non-alcoholic punch.
Food Pairings: A great pairing with many food types – red or white meats, as well as fried fish or seafood in creamy sauces and paella
The Lowdown: Crafted from the classic Cava grapes Parellada and Macabeu, the wine is de-alcoholised to 0.0% ABV using state-of-the-art technology that maintains all the original aromas. The result is a sophisticated sparkling with elegant bubbles and notes of green apple, blossom, verbena, citrus, almond and cream. Perfect for celebrating the Christmas period without the alcohol.
Serving Suggestions: Serve as an aperitif.
Food Suggestions: With canapés and gently spiced food such as a boxing day Coronation turkey or turkey curry.
The Lowdown: Impressively tasty alcohol-free Riesling, with flavours of citrus and rhubarb and an aromatic, overarching squirt of lime. To remove the alcohol from the wine, a gentle vacuum distillation has been used in order to preserve the natural Riesling flavours. This modern technique has been chosen because it allows the extraction of alcohol under extremely low pressure and temperature (around 30°C). No flavours are lost through the treatment of the wine through the dealcoholisation process.
Serving Suggestions: A pre or post meal drink.
Food Suggestions: Pair with seafood and light salads.