15 Best Alcohol-Free Wines 2022
Not all AF wines are created equal, especially if they’re made by stripping the alcohol from cheap (ick) bulk wine. “What makes a good non-alcoholic wine is something that doesn’t strive to be like wine to begin with,” says Cooper. “I know it sounds crazy, but the best non-alcoholic wines contain some fruit flavor, but they don’t taste stale, bitter or worse, metallic.”
So unless you want to feel like you’re drinking a glass of Welch’s grape juice, you’re going to want to consider a few things:
Look at the ingredients
The best non-alcoholic wines tend to offer a lot of transparency when it comes to sourcing, so you’ll know where your grapes are coming from and if they’re of good quality (organic, hand-harvested, etc.). You’ll also want to look at the additional ingredients used to add flavor and round out the body of the wine to make sure your drink isn’t filled with concentrated grapes, juices, and sugars. Speaking of what…
Think about added sugars
If your NA wine tastes like juice, chances are it has WAY too much added sugar. Unless you want your hangover replaced by a sugar crisis, make sure your drink contains minimal (or ideally no) added sugars, but small amounts of fruit juices, herbs , aromatics and sulfites (which are used to preserve wine) are all fine.
Check the alcohol content
Again, some non-alcoholic wines may contain traces of alcohol, although they never contain more than half a gram of alcohol per 100 grams. But if you absolutely want ZERO alcohol in your drink, you will need to make sure it contains 0% alcohol, such as AF wines and beers from Grüvi and Eins-Zwei-Zero wines from Leitz.