Wines to try this Dry-ish January

In the ever-evolving landscape of wine and drinks, more than 1 in 3 UK adults are rewriting the script on their drinking habits. Whether they're committed to moderating their alcohol intake or avoiding it altogether, a seismic shift is reshaping the way we raise our glasses.

New year, new drinks?

Meet the 'moderators' – the 20% of UK consumers who've made a conscious decision to dial it down. They are no strangers to the allure of no & low drinks, with 58% having savoured one already and another 18% eager to sip their way into the trend. Not just a passing fad, 35% of these tastemakers plan to make no & low drinks a fixture in their consumption patterns.

And more than witnessing a trend; we would go as far as to say that we are witnessing a cultural shift. A whopping 51% of moderators agree that it's more socially acceptable than ever to opt for an alcohol-free beverage when out and about.

Why you should list no & low drinks

Drive incremental value. Customers are not merely settling for these alternatives in lieu of more potent drinks; rather, they willingly invest in these choices with a sense of contentment, the embodiment of a lifestyle and the experience.

Provide choice to appeal to your customers. The main reasons consumers drink no & low are to still feel sociable (31%) and because they are more interesting than a soft drink (31%).

Consumers expect to see no & low part of the offering. 49% of moderators expect to see no & low offerings on drinks menus. It’s not an option, it’s an expectation.

It’s a growing category. Dive into the stats, and you'll find that the growth trajectory of the no & low category is nothing short of impressive.

The best no, low, and naturally low abv wines

Whether your customers are embracing a Dry(-ish) January to balance out the indulgences of the festive season or are determined to stick to their health resolutions for 2024, we're here to champion the cause of no & low. Yet, given we are wine people, we couldn’t help but to also include some naturally low abv corkers.

While you’re pondering the possibilities, from 0 to 11.5%, these are the no, low, and naturally low abv wines to list this year.

Vietti Cascinetta Moscato d'Asti 2022

A subtly sparkling white wine, with aromas and flavours of peaches, rose petals and ginger. On the palate it is delicately sweet and sparkling with a good balance, complexity, and fresh finish. Shop here.

Wild Idol Sparkling Rosé
Made entirely from the Muller-Thurgau variety, this Wild Idol rosé is a premium, alcohol-free sparkling. Working with exceptional vineyards, we use wine-making techniques and a superior blend of grapes to produce the finest aromatics and the purest flavour. Vegan, gluten-free, and with fewer calories than a glass of champagne.

Spy Valley Easy Tiger Sauvignon Blanc

This bright, crisp, and lively wine is a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc: light bodied, with tropical fruit on the nose and the palate, grapefruit, and a zesty herbal edge.

Ara Zero Sauvignon Blanc NV
Marlborough Sauvignon with a twist, same great flavour just without the alcohol. Grapefruit and tropical notes with layers of passionfruit on the palate. A touch of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc grape juice added in the final blending stage to deliver that crisp, juicy mouthfeel that is so often missing in non-alcoholic options. Serve chilled.

Natureo Syrah (0.0% ABV) Torres

Made with 100% Syrah grapes; once the wine is obtained, a part of this wine is aged in French oak for four to six months prior to dealcoholisation using the Spinning Cone technique. Shows lovely, lively hedgerow fruit on a well-balanced and juicy palate.

Conde Villar Vinho Verde Branco

This trendy Portuguese style boasts tropical aromas of pineapple and mango, with interesting floral notes. It has a soft minerality, is well-balanced, with a refreshing finish.
Alois Lageder Conus Lagrein 2020
Cherry-red coloured with a ruby shimmer, this 11% ABV red wine is both aromatic and complex, revealing notes of plum, licorice, and subtle hints of cacao, spice, and floral. On the palate, it is full bodied, intense yet linear, with silky, well-integrated tannins.

Sancerre Rouge Iconoclaste Domaine Fouassier 2022

A wine full of passion and youth, which gives the sensation of biting red fruits to the full. Wine buddies par excellence.

Weingut Nittnaus Kalk & Schiefer Blaufrankisch Organic

Intense ruby red, boasting delicate red fruit and spice on the nose, and topped by a savoury and lively palate with a long, elegant finish. A classic Blaufrankisch.

Norman Hardie Pinot Noir 2017
A classic example of cool climate Pinot Noir, this wine exudes bright red fruit, complex earthy aromas and a lightness on the palate. It is fresh, with a complexity of flavour. The hallmark of this wine is its long, pure finish.

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Joana’s first memory with wine was at a very young age, when she first tasted the sweetness of Madeira during a family trip to the Portuguese archipelago. After graduating with a degree in Economics in Lisbon, and a stint in the Fashion industry in Amsterdam, Joana delved into the world of Wine, a passion that had never left her. She has a particular interest in low-intervention, artisanal wines.