Once upon a time, those choosing not to imbibe were forced to make due with plain old juice and soft drinks, but with the rise of the “sober curious” movement and conscious consumption has also come a swath of alcohol-free wines, spirits, and beer that take out the booze (through a process known as dealcoholization) but don’t lose the flavor.
Still, when it comes to dealcoholized wine, it’s hard to know what to look for. From a bubbly champagne to a full-bodied cabernet, we have rounded up the best brands of your favorite varietals, so that you can teetotal or simply be better able to accommodate the needs of all the guests at your next party. Here, the best alcohol free red wine so that there’s no one missing out on the celebration.
Top 10 Best Alcohol Free Red Wine In UK 2021
1. Alcohol-Free Rosé – A Refreshing Rosé Bursting With Succulent Strawberries
Eisberg’s extraordinary alcohol-free Rosé hits the perfect balance between the refreshing quality of white and the complexity of red. A gorgeous deep pink bordering on salmon, it’s teeming with ripe strawberries with a hint of cherry.
To truly set the mood, why not pop open a bottle while watching Wimbledon, or relaxing on a grassy lawn during a warm summer’s day? It also pairs nicely with spicy foods, so you may wish to consider a glass to go with your Jalfrezi.
2. Eisberg Cabernet Sauvignon Alcohol Free – Best case of alcohol-free red wine
Eisberg is another alcohol-free specialist winemaker that carefully de-alcoholises its wines in a way that retains the grapes’ original flavour and character. The company also makes a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and sparkling rosé, but the Cabernet Sauvignon stands out with its thick mouthfeel, deep ruby colour, plummy aroma and fantastic full flavour. It’s the perfect match for a wintry casserole. And what a fantastic price – you’d pay more for cola!
3. Lindeman’s Alcohol Free Cabernet Sauvignon
Henry Lindeman planted his first vineyard in the Hunter Valley in 1834, in what is now one of Australia’s prime wine-growing regions. These days, Lindeman’s are one of Australia’s biggest wine producers and their wines are some of the most popular in the UK too.
Low-alcohol red wine is hard to do well but this one is very good indeed. It’s got a lovely deep red colour like a good Cabernet Sauvignon – cleverly reflected in the deep autumnal tones of the packaging – a strong Cabernet Sauvignon aroma, and a good wine-like taste. In short, it’s the best of the reds we’ve tried.
Of course, a 0.5% wine is never going to taste exactly like a 14% Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This wine may not win over the connoisseurs, but if you’re looking for a nice reliable red for a steak dinner or a summer picnic, it’s ideal.
4. Belle & Co Sparkling Rose Alcohol Free Wine, Non-Alcoholic
Alcohol free sparkling wine allows you to be part of the celebration, while staying alcohol-free. You want more than fizzy water when everyone else is drinking Champagne. But when you say you’re alcohol free, family and friends frequently say ‘oh, fizz doesn’t count!’ Yes, it surely does.
So, Dry Drinker has come to the rescue with Bees Knees Alcohol Free Sparkling Wine. It’s a carefully crafted alternative to traditional alcoholic sparkling wine, It’s great as an aperitif, just right with party nibbles – or just whenever you fancy a bit of fizz!
5. McGuigan Zero Shiraz, No Alcohol Wine, Australia
“Best served chilled” according to McGuigan Wines, a recommendation rarely seen on a shiraz label but here we are. Gee whiz, there is a lot of oak happening on the nose, with only a hint of red currant in the background. (It’s unlikely many wineries would be keen to waste an oak barrel aging non-alcoholic wine, and McGuigan confirms it does use oak alternatives for this release.) The acid is balanced in any case and stewed cherry on the finish makes this a decent pairing for red meat if booze isn’t an option. Some tannins would be nice though.
6. Yalumba 2018/2019 Organic Shiraz Wine, 75 cl
For the five vintages prior to 2018, grapes for this beautiful magenta-coloured, organic wine came from six established growers in South Australia: the Carypidis family based in Virginia, the Barich family on the Murray River at Loxton, the Palena family in the Riverland and the Strachans in McLaren Vale. More Strachans, from Renmark, joined the 2018 vintage, plus Yalumba’s own biodynamic grapes at Waikerie were added. They all farm the vines organically, without any chemical fertilisers or pesticides, then leave the wine to ‘wild ferment’ with yeast that occurs naturally in the vineyard and on the grape skins, which creates extra complexity and flavour. The result is an aromatic wine with notes of violets, lavender, fennel, blueberries and plums and then black pepper. It’s medium-bodied with plush, soft tannins and a bright juicy finish.
Try it alongside pasta with spicy sausage or rich ragu, mushroom burgers with caramelised onions and hot chips, or for a more special dinner, serve it with suckling pig. An organic, full-bodied smoky red wine with aromas of black plums and blackberries. Deep and rich with ripe black fruit, blackberry, cracked black pepper and smoke. Pair with grass-fed beef. Founded in 1849, Yalumba is one of the founding members of Australia’s First Families of Wine.
7. Hardys Crest Cabernet Shiraz Merlot, 75cl
Hardys is one of Australia’s oldest wineries, founded in Australia over 165 years ago. Despite South Australia being a far-removed place, Thomas Hardy was certain he could make ‘wine that will be prized in the markets of the world’.
Our Cabernet Shiraz Merlot is an elegant, well-balanced wine with flavours of dark cherry, savoury tones and a soft silky finish – great with rich beef dishes. Thomas Hardy’s pioneering vision and passionate spirit for winemaking is at the heart of each outstanding range of Hardys Wines. This range of wines was created to carry on the tradition and devotion of Thomas Hardy, as our winemakers continue to expertly craft wines that are rich and full-bodied with good depth of flavour.
8. FAMILIA TORRES Natureo Red Syrah NON ALCOHOLIC WINE
Alcohol free red wine allows you to be part of the celebration, while staying alcohol-free. Torres Natureo Syrah is a very high quality red wine with an alcohol content of 0.0% and exceptional flavour. Surprisingly, it was the first de-alcoholised red wine in Spain.
Enjoy a lovely cherry–red wine, with aromas of pomegranate and currant, and hints of oak–imparted vanilla and toast. Round, balanced and truly clean on the palate with soft tannins and delicate acidity. Lovely with pasta, roasts and wild game. Serve at 17–18ºC. For cheese, what about something to contrast with the rich currant flavours – Camembert for instance. Goes very nicely with a bite (or two) of dark chocolate to round off a meal.
With its blend of tradition and innovation, our range of Torres non alcoholic wines will keep everyone happy at the dinner table. Torres is a Spanish family-run business, now in its fifth generation, with more than 150 years of winemaking experience. Significantly, Torres has been named the World’s Most Admired Wine Brand and produces quality wines across the globe.
9. La Rossa 450 ‘Zero Sugar – Zero Carbs’ Piemonté Red
Sl’m Wine is true artisan wine made from their own very special ‘Chateau Zero‘ World Heritage Site Vineyards in Piedmont. The Vines were planted by Sl’m Wines, and cared for by them, and are always picked by their own fair hands. Every bottle of Sl’m can be traced back literally to its roots.
Slim Wine is made for the way we want to live today, healthier, happier but without compromise on quality, flavour or strength. Slim is a delicious Wine made by great Winemakers. In every bottle, you find the passions that we dedicate to the cultivation of our grapes.
Slim ‘Pure Class in a Glass’
10. Familia Torres Natureo De-alcoholised 0.0% Rose Wine 2019
Natureo is the fruit of long term research, placing Familia Torres at the forefront of high quality de-alcoholised wine since 2008. After a classic winemaking process in which the grapes are harvested and then fermented, an aromatic wine is obtained. The alcohol is then carefully removed, thus preserving its full aroma and flavour. A classic Spanish rose with 0.0% alcohol and less than half the calories of a normal wine.
For those who want to enjoy all the flavour of wine with the minimum of alcohol.
Raspberry colour with soft coppery highlights and delicate cherry jam aroma Smooth, fresh, luscious on the palate, with undertones reminiscent of sour candy. An excellent aperitif or perfect with traditional, Spanish tapas and cured meats, as well as vegetable and light pasta dishes.
How to choose the best Alcohol Free Red Wine in UK 2021
Can zero-alcohol wine really taste like the real thing?
When researching the best non-alcoholic wines, we looked for products that genuinely rival standard wine for complexity and satisfaction. It’s true that low-alcohol wine can struggle to replicate the thick mouthfeel and long finish you might expect from a good full-alcohol wine, but things have improved fast in recent years as winemakers race to create the best products.
Low-alcohol booze is big business, and established winemakers including Adnams and Hardys are building ranges of low and no-alcohol wines. We’ve also seen the rise of dedicated alcohol-free winemakers, following in the footsteps of German pioneer Carl Jung (not the psychiatrist!). Now there’s Eisberg in Germany, Thomson & Scott and Belle & Co in the UK, and Richard Juhlin in Sweden. We’re happy to recommend wines from all these specialists in our list below.
Low-alcohol or alcohol-free – what’s the difference?
A trace amount of alcohol, even 0.2%, makes it easier for winemakers to replicate the complex flavours, dryness and mouthfeel of their full-strength counterparts. That compares with around 15% for a standard Sauvignon Blanc. So if you’re not teetotal, it may be worth trying low-alcohol wine and getting used to the difference, rather than going straight for alcohol-free and being put off by the experience. We’ve included a separate list of low-alcohol recommendations below.
Are you old enough to (not) drink?
Retailers, including online stores and supermarkets, insist you’re 18 or over when buying these products – even the 0% ABV wines. This is partly because they may contain trace amounts of alcohol following the de-alcoholisation process used in creating most of these drinks. Also, these products are aimed at adults and sold alongside full-alcohol booze. Amazon, one of the retailers we’ve linked to below, sends all drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) by signed delivery, so you’ll be asked for proof of age if you’re lucky enough to look under 18.
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