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Non Alcoholic Wine 101 [What It Is, How It’s Made, Benefits]

Non Alcoholic Wine 101 [What It Is, How It’s Made, Benefits]

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Whether you give up drinking temporarily (dry January, anyone?) or just live an alcohol-free life, non-alcoholic wine may help you satisfy your cravings for the bubbly without breaking your abstinence.

Wine drinkers appreciate the benefits of a glass of wine — from the unique taste to the bonuses for your health. Non-alcoholic wine is one of the most popular non-alcoholic drinks taking the health-conscious world by storm as the sober curious movement grows. 

Is this goodness right for your next (sober) special occasion?

What exactly is non-alcoholic wine?

Non-alcoholic wine (also known as dealcoholized wine) is wine that has been filtered to remove the alcohol.

While some scammy companies might fill a bottle with cloudy grape juice, true non-alcoholic wine is technically alcohol-removed wine that maintains complexity of taste, aroma, and mouthfeel. 

But lucky for you, we who respect the vine craft have patented processes to cultivate a non-alcoholic wine that tastes like the real thing.

You can drink high-quality non-alcoholic wine on its own or as a part of your favorite mocktail.

How Alcohol-Free Wine Is Made

Alcohol-free wine is commonly made in 3 ways: reverse osmosis, vacuum distillation, or spinning cone columns. 

Each non-alcoholic winemaking process begins with a fully fermented wine. This is because most vinophiles agree that starting with a quality alcoholic wine and reducing the ABV (alcohol by volume) to an almost imperceptible quantity yields a much better result than skipping fermentation altogether. 

  1. Reverse osmosis: Wine is nanofiltered to separate alcohol and other components from the wine. Next, the alcohol is removed through distillation and the remaining tannins and desirable characteristics are combined back into the mixture.
  2. Vacuum distillation: Wine is transferred in a distillation vacuum to remove any components that could be harmed, then a second pass removes the alcohol before the components are reintroduced. 
  3. Spinning cone columns: Wine passes through a column filled with a series of fixed and spinning cones that enable thinning and separation of the wine’s delicate properties. The wine circuits through the cones again, until the filtration separates the desired amount of alcohol and the separated flavors are ready to be restored. 

Non-Alcoholic Wine Nutrition Facts

Health, wealth, and wine are the priorities of many after 2020… But can you really be on your game at work or in the gym if you like to drink, too?

It all depends on the brand. 

You might notice a few non-alcoholic winemakers tout the benefits of consuming less alcohol and fewer calories but skirt around the full nutritional facts of their bottles. Some dealcoholization can even leave wine filled with more carbs than its alcohol-rich counterpart.

Nutrition Facts Average of Popular Alcohol-Free Wine Brands

  • Serving Size: 5-8 oz.
  • Percentage Alcohol: Less than 0.5%
  • Calories: 70-90g
  • Carbohydrates: 14-25g
  • Percentage Juice: 15-27%

Nutrition Facts of Surely Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Rosé

  • Serving size: 5 oz.
  • Percentage Alcohol: Less than 0.5%
  • Calories: 10
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Percentage Juice: 0%

We proudly display the nutritional facts on our product page, because we thought you’d rather take a second sip than second guess the health of your drink. 

Is non-alcoholic wine really non-alcoholic?

Non-alcoholic wine and other dealcoholized drinks are considered “non-alcoholic” in the U.S. when the ABV is .5% or lower. 

The amount is so minimal that you would have to drink 8 glasses of our alcohol-free rosé within 5 minutes to equal just the alcohol content of 1 glass of regular wine. 

Why do people drink non-alcoholic wine?

People often drink non-alcoholic wine because they enjoy the taste of a great merlot, cabernet, or other wine, but don’t want to consume alcohol for health or personal reasons.

There are a ton of benefits to getting alcohol out of your life, particularly if you binge on a regular basis. You don’t have to be an alcoholic to experience weight loss, a better immune system, or better hydration after laying off the drink.

But it’s true that real wine offers its own health benefits, namely better heart health and a reduced risk of diabetes for people who drink about a glass a day. That’s one of the best reasons to drink non-alcoholic wine — you get all the health benefits of high-quality wine without the wine-drunk-mental-impairment or the hangover.

Non-alcoholic wines and spirits are also great for temporary alcohol-free challenges like dry January and sober September.

Is alcohol-removed wine safe during pregnancy?

A glass or two of alcohol-removed wine should be safe during pregnancy. However, we always tell expecting moms to talk to their doctor before making any choices about their diet (including alcohol-free wines).

The Surgeon General specifically does not require a pregnancy-related warning for drinks that contain less than 0.5% alcohol by volume, which is why many pregnant moms turn to brands like Surely while their little one is growing.

For what it’s worth, non-alcoholic/alcohol-removed wine and its related mocktails contain less alcohol than you’ll find in kombucha or unrefrigerated juice.

What does non-alcoholic wine taste like?

Non-alcoholic wine tastes similar to wine, but not exactly the same (in most cases).

Some brands are described as having a fruity juice flavor while others are described as having a taste reminiscent of oak barrels.

And then, there is the unfortunate review that describes one popular alcohol-free wine brand as having a “meaty” taste (um, gross) that reminded the reviewer of baked beans.

We might be a bit biased, but we think our non-alcoholic sparkling rosé is the first one around that tastes… well, like rosé.

Sparkling wine should provide you with the effervescent fizz you expect from a glass of bubbly. The smell should be a little fruity without being overpowering.

And we nailed it.

Is alcohol-free wine healthy?

Yes, alcohol-free wine is definitely healthy! In fact, dealcoholized wine may help the polyphenols (antioxidants) in this berry drink protect your heart more effectively. The alcohol content makes the good stuff less able to support your health.

In general, drinking less (or not drinking at all) is great for your body. You can expect to better manage your weight, improve your immune system, and even perform better in the bedroom.

Where to Buy the Best Non-Alcoholic Wine for 2021 & Beyond

You could run down to the grocery store for a bottle of booze-free bubbly… or you could just grab some of Surely’s dealcoholized rosé wine right here.

We use organic grapes and all-natural ingredients to deliver you the healthiest wine alternative that exists.

Don't like rosé? Fre sells a great zero-alcohol chardonnay, and Ariel cabernet sauvignon is non-alcoholic red wine at its best. Non-alcoholic beer, alcohol-free sparkling Brut seltzer, and non-alcoholic white wine are easy to find.

If you’re ready to venture into this sober curious adventure… pop open a bottle today!

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