13th January 2020 by Rachel Wallhouse

Here at The Whalley Wine Shop we have seen an increase in the mindset, drinking less but better. With the market expanding for low and no, there are so many options to try this January to help with the blues. Quality on availability has massively improved, and there’s a drink for every occasion! Explore our range below…

                         Wines

1. Torres Garnacha/Syrah 2018 Dealcoholized Red, 0.0% Vol. (limited stock) £6.99
This alcohol free red wine allows you to be part of the celebration, while staying alcohol free! Torres is now in its fifth generation of winemaking experience, and produces high quality wines. This is no exception. Enjoy vibrant red cherry notes, followed by pomegranate and hints of oak-imparted vanilla and toast. Enjoy with a bite (or two) of dark chocolate while sipping in the evening.

2. Ariel Chardonnay 2016 Premium Dealcoholized White, <0.5% Vol. (limited stock) £7.99
This alcohol free Chardonnay is a buttery butterscotch delight from California’s renowned Napa Valley Vineyards. It has lovely notes of tropical fruit matched with subtle oak from barrel ageing. Flavours develop to buttery apple and butterscotch, combined with a toasty oak bouquet. This wine will develop further as it ages. Enjoy with creamy carbonara followed by vanilla ice cream with a nutty topping. Yum!

Sparkling Wine

3. Carod Sparkling NV, Clairette De Die, Muscat/Clairette, 7% Vol. £12.49
This low alcohol sparkling wine can be found in the Rhone Valley region in France. The region benefits from cool night and sunny days, which helps the grapes ripen in a more balanced way. On the palate there is an explosion of sweet flavours of fresh fruit and compote of apple, citrus and exotic fruit. Freshness and minerality make this sparkling wine a unique type of product.

4. Nosecco White and Rose Spumante Da Angelo Taurini Alcohol Free, 0.5%. £3.99
Nosecco- a non alcoholic sparkling alternative to Prosecco that looks just like any other bottle of fizz! Once in the glass it has a similar pale golden colour and the same fizziness that you would expect in a sparkling wine. It is slightly sweeter than the average, but definitely a great party starter. Soft and floral with sweet fruit. Well packaged and perfect for non drinkers.

 

5. Fresita Sparkling Strawberry Fizz, 8% Vol. £9.49
Sparkling wine from Chile infused with fresh hand picked strawberries. Natural fruit adds a juicy, sweet, strawberry character and lowers the alcohol to 8%. Sweet, fruity and lots of fun! A great social wine, ideal to drink anytime with friends, at special celebrations, and as a fabulous ‘toasting’ fizz. Made from a blend of Moscato, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, this wine will pair with most dishes as an aperitif. Available online too!

6. Nivole Moscato D’asti, 5% Vol. £8.99
Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d’Asti is an aromatic Moscato from Asti in Italy Piemonte region. The wine is low in alcohol (5% ABV), naturally sweet and gently sparkling. It is vibrant and fruity; ideal with fresh full desserts. Floral aromas are complemented by peach and apricot notes on the fragrant bouquet. The palate is delicate, light and creamy; with a silky texture and a lingering finish.

 

                                               Beer

7. Drynks Unlimited Smashed Apple Cider, 0.5% Vol. £8.99
Gluten Free, Vegan friendly and only 84 calories per bottle!
“Golden, slightly opaque sparkling liquid with a fresh inviting aroma of English apples. The taste delivers pure refreshment with a perfect balance of sharpness, sweetness and bite. Refreshing green apple taste is complimented by a great mouth feel and mature English cider finish!”

8. Cloudwater Mango and Citra Sour Soda, 0.0% Vol. £2.29
“Adult soft drink infused with flavours from the brewery. Cloudwater Soda takes delicious ingredients and flavour combinations from the brewery and makes low-calorie sodas with all the flavour of craft, but none of the alcohol. A refreshingly sour infusion of mango and cumin seeds, with the tropical, fruity flavour profile of Citra hops”.

Low and No cocktails

9. Chambord & Soda Spritz- 50ml Chambord & 200ml Soda. Chambord £27.49
Chambord is made from red and black raspberries, Madagascar vanilla, Moroccan citrus peel, honey and cognac. Perfect for dressing up desserts or sweetening a cocktail. Talking of cocktails, why not try this delicious low alcohol cocktail. Fill a wine glass with ice, add the Chambord and top with soda. Garnish with a raspberry and enjoy!

10. Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic 200ml. £0.99
By blending the gentle bitterness of South American angostura bark with aromatic botanicals, such as cardamom, pimento berry and ginger, they’ve created a delicious, unique tonic water that can be enjoyed on its own as a sophisticated soft drink. Ginger and cardamom gives it a gentle spice and Madagascan vanilla adds a delicate sweetness. The result is a uniquely refreshing aromatic flavour that has a dry and clean finish.

With more of us looking into low or no alcohol options, we decided to have a further look into the trend and see what it has to offer. Continue reading to find out more information…

When it comes to low and no, there is sometimes a little bit of controversy. Technically ‘wine’ has to contain a minimum of 8% abv, which means de-alcoholised wine is sometimes dismissed by wine experts. However, with more options now on the market, some see it as an exciting part of the wine trades future! With many producers focusing their efforts on de-alcoholised wines (Torres, Cordoniu etc.) there are plenty more options to choose from, which we’re loving at The Whalley Wine Shop.

In the UK, there is a long-term decline in alcohol consumption. With more and more people taking part in dry January, there is a realisation that the wine market needs to adapt to this. “Brewing giant AB InBev predicts 20% of its profits will come from low-or no-alcohol beer by 2025” (Peter Richards, Decenter, 2020). This just shows how much the market is predicted to change, with one fifth of profits being from low or no alcohol. With this in mind, we can expect to see interesting new products released. For those who are trying to limit your intake, there are plenty of fun ‘social’ drinks available!

Why not come pay us a visit and we’ll be able to find your perfect tipple! Want to get in touch? We’d love to hear from you! Message us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.