Depending on style and grape variety, wines tend to have between 12-14% alcohol, however in recent years levels have been creeping up, partly because of climate change and also due to the growing trend for softer, more ripe wines. There’s a thick mouthfeel, green apple, and the touch of peach and gooseberry are a little sweet, but still balanced. From beer and spirits to wine, drinks makers have been busy in recent years, creating an ever-expanding range of low and no-alcohol products. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. In short, when it comes to booze-free-fizz, Noughty is as close to the real thing as we’ve found. ‘Low-alcohol drinks’ refers to drinks which have an ‘alcoholic strength by volume’ (ABV) of between 0.05 and 1.2%, whereas ‘reduced alcohol’ means a drink has an alcohol content lower than the average strength of a particular type of drink. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. Can a wine be a wine without alcohol? It also avoids many of the other pitfalls of non-alcoholic wines; namely sweetness. Offer outstanding value, this delicate rosé is fruity, zesty and moreish. But the question isn’t just a legalistic one. We enjoyed it in a non-alcoholic spritz when mixed with a de-alcoholised vermouth. This wine had a “really good full fruity flavour”, and a lovely design on the bottle! Dr John Forrest, a New Zealand winemaker who makes a successful range of lower-alcohol wines, stresses the importance of alcohol’s ability “to add a sweetness to the aroma, ripeness to the fruit flavours and weight and ‘oily’ mouthfeel”. Whether your taste leans towards a red, white, rosé or sparkling vino, there’s an alternative option to suit, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile, We looked for products that are satisfying, have enough complexity to be intriguing, and crucially, that we’d be happy to drink more than one glass of. Treat yourself with Harvey Nichols’s non-alcoholic, vegetarian-friendly wine made from the juice of chardonnay grapes. This means that the wine retains its flavour and gives you then gentle bubbles you’d expect from a sparkling wine. Better known for its beer and spirits, Southwold-based Adnams sources grapes from Spain to make its range of low-strength wines. A great brunch accompaniment, it pairs well with smoked salmon. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. © 2021 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. This helps explain why almost all 0% alcohol “wines”, which have had their alcohol – I’m tempted to say their “soul” – removed by a range of not at all gentle techniques, from centrifuges to organic solvents, taste so thin and simple. This well-made alkohol-frei has both, but its foaming sweetness is freshened with acidity making it more than adult pop. The products in our round-up represent what we think are the best. Lifelong vegetarian Amanda Thomson set up Thomson & Scott as a healthier, low-sugar, vegan-friendly alternative to prosecco and other sparkling wines. And when it comes to wine, you now have the pick of the bunch. Delight Rosé. If you’re not completely abstaining, products with a trace amount of alcohol, around 0.5 per cent, do tend to do better on these counts. Off-dry, but balanced with crisp acidity these wines generally range from 7 to 9% abv. Overall, alcohol-free wines can lean towards being a little sweet and cloying, so we’re looking for products that are balanced, and represent a good alternative to their full-strength counterparts.