People drink for many reasons; self expression, emotional connection, relaxation, special occasions, socially, or to pair with food. While there’s no doubt Australia’s drinking culture is still very strong, the past decade or two has seen a shift in consumer behaviour toward more mindful drinking, drinking in moderation or not drinking at all.
Because of this, alcohol-free products such as dealcoholised wine have become increasingly popular. In 2020, Australia’s first non-alcoholic bar opened in Victoria, and now even non-alcoholic bottle shops are appearing!
So, what is the point of drinking dealcoholised wine?
If you drink to get a buzz, then there’s obviously no point. But if you want to enjoy the taste of alcohol without compromising your health, diet or ability to drive, then a product like dealcoholised wine is a great option.
Maybe you want to have some wine with your slow cooked beef, but don’t want to deal with the hangover the next day; dealcoholised wine could be your choice!
Alcohol-free products can also be a great option for those who are pregnant and want to enjoy the taste of an alcoholic drink without the associated health risks.
Is it actually alcohol free?
It sure is!
To be classified as wine in Australia, a product must be made from complete or partial fermentation of fresh grapes. During fermentation yeast converts fruit sugars to alcohol.
Wine makers have found ways to reduce these fermentable sugars to lower the alcohol content in wines, and have also found methods of removing the alcohol following the fermentation process.
Does dealcoholised wine taste the same?
The alcohol itself contributes to the flavour profile of the wine, so when removed it does affect the overall palate. In saying that, wine makers have been creative and are continually experimenting with other strategies to balance out the flavour profile.
Some dealcoholised wines have even won awards! Everyone has different tastes, so why not give it a go and try a glass (or half a bottle) yourself?