New on the shelves
My selection with this would be a crisp light white. All that healthy summer living and stuff – which admittedly I mostly do so I have more calories spare for all the Christmas mince pies I know I’m going to eat! I have written about Van Loveren’s Light Skinny White before. It’s one of my favourite lower alcohol whites on the market.
But now they have gone one step further – with a de-alcoholised (yes, it’s a word) Sauvignon Blanc! It’s called Almost Zero, and with an alcohol content of less than 0,5% that’s pretty fitting. A low-alcohol white is normally in the 8-9% range and a normal white mostly anywhere from 12-14%, so this is phenomenal. As a result it also has 75% fewer calories than a normal white!
So what it this then? It’s made from grapes and has hardly an alcohol, so is it a juice? Definitely not. But I would also not really call it a wine, even though strictly speaking I suppose it is. I would rather call it a wine alternative. What does it taste like? Like nothing else I’ve ever encountered so it’s hard to describe. There are hints of apple, citrus and tropical fruit and it is very, very light.
This is a good choice for the festive season if you want to be part of the happy times but 1) drive safely and 2) not add too many extra calories to what is already a culinary train smash. It’s also a good option to serve to folks who don’t normally enjoy ‘wine’. Try a bottle and see if Almost Zero is the safe summer tipple for you this December.