Local distributor(s) of non-alcoholic wines
I've been trying for some time to locate local distributors of alcohol-removed wines. While I don't have issues with cholesterol, etc, Alzheimer's runs in my family and my GP suggests that a glass of red wine a day could be a useful preventative measure. However, I appear to be allergic to alcohol. I've never had issues cooking with just a bit of wine, but I have a terrible reaction after drinking even a few ounces.
I recently discovered a nice alcohol-removed wine, but can only seem to find them available for mail order (and by the case), and the cost of shipping is more or less prohibitive. Does anyone know of any liquor stores (chain or otherwise) or other local sources which have non-alcoholic wine- stuff that tastes like wine and not like grape juice- for retail sale?
I live on the North Side of the city, work near Merchandise Mart, and would be taking CTA, so locations way out in the suburbs wouldn't be feasible.
Opehlia payne: so sorry to hear this, and I couldn't even begin to imagine.
I have quite a few friends who enjoy the non-alcoholics from Martinelli, however, I think these are all sparking. Here in Jersey you can find them in a lot of the local grocery stores, and I think you used to be able to find them in the Jewel as well. I don't know if this is exactly what you are looking for, but it is what comes to mind.
Another option might be to post something in the wine forum on here. There are a lot of avid readers there, and many of them I know from the different wine boards, ie ERobertParker Board, Wine Spectator Forum, Wine Library Forum, and the Wine Berserkers Forum. Those would also be good resources as well to check out, and I am sure there are plenty of people with answers there.
Wish I had a better option for you! I'll try to do some research with the winemaker we are consulting with on our Santa Cruz Mountain pinot noir, and see what he might have to say. It's intriguing to me really, and I'd be curious how the process would work. -mJ
I received a nice response from a Binny's wine buyer informing me which of their wines are non-alcoholic. But I'd swear it seems like the producers of said wine have no interest in selling it.
I've emailed them all asking for them to let me know what fining agents they use to clarify their wines, and only one has bothered to reply... and their product is sparkling juice and not actual wine. I know for a fact at least one of them (Ariel) is a no go.
It really does make it difficult to be an informed consumer when producers fail to respond to inquiries. I may just have to go with mail order from Europe and deal with the freight costs. (Sigh)
re: opehlia payne
Under some circumstances, grape juice is fine with me, albeit a bit higher in calories. It seemed weird having it with some of my meals, though, and I thought wine might be "ncer", if you know what I mean.
Oh, and I love those Martinelli sparkling juices, too! They have them at Jewel and at our Whole Foods.
Over the weekend I popped into the Binny's in Lakeview and they did stock the two brands I am waiting to hear about. However, the good news is that they have a number of other brands there, as well. I've written down some more names and will do more research. I didn't notice there was a wine forum here, so I'll defintely check that out as well.
Thanks for all the input, everyone!