Isn’t Alcohol-Free Wine Just Grape Juice? Two Minute Tuesday

By Brian Lemay 4 comments

Hi John Risby from The Alcohol-Free
Shop. Welcome to our new feature Two Minute Tuesday. We’re going to be
answering your questions, giving advice, information, hints and tips – in two
minutes flat… more or less… Today we’re going to be
asking ‘Isn’t alcohol-free wine just grape juice?’ This is something that we hear all the
time. People ask their friends on Facebook and Twitter ‘Does anyone know of a good alcohol free wine?’ Someone always replies ‘Why bother?
It’s just a grape juice’… Is it? Let’s put two minutes on the clock and I’ll give you three reasons why it’s not. Number one – grape juice, or at least 100% pure grape juice, is made from crushed and fermented grapes. Alcohol-free wine is made from
crushed fermented grapes, ie from alcoholic wine. Now, when the grapes
ferment, the yeast converts the sugar into alcohol but it also does something else. It adds what’s called secondary flavors to the grape. So that’s another flavour
on top of the natural flavor of the particular grape used in the wine.
Number two – grapes are very sweet. This is a de-alcoholised wine from Carl Jung and this is a
100% grape juice from a supermarket calories per 100 millilitres 16.8 in the
wine, 69 in the grape juice – more than four times as many. Sugar – in the wine 3.5 grams, sugar in the grape juice 17 grams – there’s only 10.6 grams in
coca-cola. Number three – grapes contain polyphenols. These are antioxidants and are believed to protect the heart, lowering bad cholesterol, and preventing blood
clots. Now, while you can get these in grape juice and alcohol-free wine, unless you’re drinking 100% percent pure grape juice you won’t be getting as
many, and if you are drinking enough you’re still getting all the extra
calories and all the extra sugar. Actually here’s a bonus reason. Even the
smallest amount of alcohol in a drink helps the flavor in your mouth. That’s why so many soft drink companies add a small amount of alcohol to their soft drinks,
like colas and orange juices. You’re allowed to put 0.5% in without putting it on the label. But that means that the alcohol free
wine with up to 0.5% alcohol has increased flavor in the mouth. So there
we are – three, no, four reasons why alcohol-free wine is not grape juice. One
– less sugar fewer calories. Two – the full benefits of the polyphenols.
Three – a more mature and developed taste, and four – the small amounts of alcohol helps that taste taste even better. So the next time someone says to you ‘Isn’t alcohol-free wine just a grape juice?’ you know exactly what to say to them! That’s been our Two Minute Tuesday. Just made it in time! See you soon!


Paul Wakefield

Mar 3, 2018, 12:32 pm Reply

Thanks for this, I have been writing to Supermarkets asking them to start stocking your wonderful selections as the one brand they all sell is far to sweet for my liking.
I have been drinking Carl Jung for many years for medical reasons and I think they are great.
We had a Fairtrade campaign many years ago, I think it is time for a No to Alcohol campaign.
What do others think?


Mar 3, 2018, 1:06 pm Reply

Great video. I know it's a very small amount but wish the producers didn't add additional sugar to alcohol-free wines as sucrose. I was told by a producer that it's to replicate the 'texture' of alcohol but personally I prefer pureness over mouthfeel. It is very low though so maybe not too bad (milk has 4g per 100 ml). My last point is the remaining alcohol is less than what's found in bananas so nothing to worry about there.

Pamela Dale

Mar 3, 2018, 11:14 am Reply

I have been drinking these lovely wines since 2009/10. I had to give up alcohol due to medications reasons, I wanted something to replace the alcoholic wines and found Alcohol free. I enjoy the wines I buy and have been trying to get others to try and been giving their cards out to places I visit. I have 2 friends who have tried the wines and been surpised how good they taste and have said "you would'nt know the diference" Nothing more needs to be said.

Lisa Dowiot

Dec 12, 2018, 8:17 pm Reply

Question can you make your own wine outta non alcoholic wine by adding wine yeast and sugar

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