Almost Zero is not just low in alcohol, it also has 75% fewer calories than normal wine and way less sugar – only 2.2g/100g of sugar and 4.2g/100g of carbohydrates in each bottle. Let’s play another context game – this means ten glasses of Almost Zero has the same sugar as one glass of commercial orange juice!
So what does Van Loveren do to make this non-wine wine? It starts out as regular wine, then, to remove the alcohol, it is gently spun, allowing the wine to spread thinly across steel cones and the alcohol to evaporate. The rosé is lovely ice cold, and very much retains that classical rosé marker, Turkish Delight. I can see myself making it my no-booze tipple of choice come summer. But right now, in winter, the ripe mulberry notes of the Radiant Red has my attention. I haven’t spoken to Van Loveren to establish how early sales are going. But I figure I don’t need to, because it is now almost permanently out of stock in the wine section of my local Pick n Pay (grumble, grumble). And that probably says it all.
I am not advocating that you abandon wine-wine. I don’t consider that to be the idea behind Almost Zero. Perish the thought! For me Almost Zero is an addition to my wine rack, a much healthier alternative for those times when you want to drink wine-wine, but can’t (because you’re driving or having lunch with the boss) or won’t (because it’s teetotal Wednesday).
Find Almost Zero around the country at retailers including Pick ‘n Pay, Makro, Spar, Checkers and Ultra Liquors. For more information about Almost Zero, call Van Loveren on 023 615 1505 or visit their website.