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Aug 24, 2007 11:12 AM

Alcohol-Free Wine

Does anyone have a recommendation for an alcohol-free wine that might actually be tasty? Preferably white.

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  1. No. Not even close. Go with water, ice tea or lemonade. Trying to find an alcohol-free "wine" is a profound waste of money.

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      1. What's the point? When I am off wine for one reason or another, I make a drink of 1/2 pomegranate juice and 1/2 sparkling water served in a champagne flute.

        1. Alcohol free wine? What's next? Meat-free burgers.

          What's that, someone is actually selling this stuff? What's the world coming to :)

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          1. re: bkhuna

            Some people can't drink alcoholic beverages due to medication and they enjoy drinking wine with their meals or socially.

            1. re: JamaicaOne

              My friends who are in recovery recommend the Sutter Home Free which I believe is available from the winery. They love the bubbles especially.

              1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

                Leaving aside the (dubious) merits of people in recovery drinking alcohol-free wines . . .

                a) It's "Fre," not "Free".

                b) Sutter Home makes a number of different alcohol-free wines under the "Fre" brand, three varietal wines (White Zinfandel, Merlot, and Chardonnay), and three generics (Premium Red, Premium White, and a Brut sparkling wine).

                c) Personally, I'd prefer iced tea, soda, sparkling water, etc., etc., etc. I've never thought these tasted very much like wine.

                1. re: zin1953

                  Agreed. Alcohol-free wine is kind of a joke. It always tastes terrible. Give me sparking cider, etc every time.

                  1. re: invinotheresverde

                    have you had your chowpup yet, invinotheresverde?

                    Glad to hear you backing up my opinion -- I tried alcohol-free wines when I was pregnant and yecch. I just gave up.

                    1. re: sunshine842

                      She'll be here Monday, at the latest. Thanks for asking!

                      Yeah, it just doesn't do it for me. Some things simply have no substitute..

                      1. re: invinotheresverde

                        here's hopes for fast, safe, and healthy for everybody...

                  2. re: zin1953

                    Yeah, I personally wouldn't bother with the "alcohol-free" stuff. It's yucky!
                    Just passing along the info as requested.
                    I'd much rather get a fancy bottle of sparkling Normandy Apple Cider, a great, homemade lemonade or my Mama's ice tea than submit my palate to the horror...

                    1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

                      Normandy apple cider, or cidre, is about 5% alcohol, and will knock you on your butt if you're not careful (it's sweet, refreshing, and bubbly, and it has a bad habit of sneaking up on people)

                      Sparkling apple juice is considered strictly kids' stuff.

            2. Years ago, my wife had some GI issues and could not have alcohol for months. In that time, we tried several alcohol-free wines and sparklers. She chose to NOT consume any of it, and wait. That was then, but I have not heard of anything good, along those lines, since.