什么是无酒精葡萄酒? 谁?怎样生产?为什么生产?
作者:    发布于:2015-10-22 17:13:44    文字:【】【】【

As ridiculous as it might sound to some of you winos out there, but there is a thing called non-alcoholic wine and the market for this suspicious product is growing. But who are these people, who actually drink 0% Vol wine and how is it any different from simply drinking grape juice?

The latter question has a simple answer. Grape juice is merely grapes that are pressed and then bottled whereas non-alcoholic wine actually undergoes the same process of fermentation and distillation like regular wine, only that before the wine is bottled, the alcohol is extracted. This extraction process is essentially the same process used to purify water. It’s called reverse osmosis and is, simply put, a machine that uses a filter made up of pores so tiny, that only alcohol and water can pass through them. The extracted water is then added back into the mixture and voila: dealcoholized wine is born! Well, at least mostly dealcoholized. Even though we call it non-alcoholic, a tiny amount of alcohol still remains. Usually less than 0.5%.

So we got the how. Now we get to the who and the why. One cannot deny the steadily increasing health consciousness in our society. Eating healthy, exercising, not smoking and inevitably not drinking alcohol has become more and more important to many of us. Organic food and exercise programs like “Crossfit” or “Zumba” are a burgeoning industries. The health benefits of drinking a glass of wine a day are widely known but, nonetheless, the alcohol it contains is still toxic. Therefore, some people resort to the “light” wine alternative. Also worth mentioning, non-alcoholic wine has almost no calories.

But pointing at health consciousness is only one part of the whole truth. Dealcoholized wine and, especially, sparkling wines also play a significant role in professional environments. Some wine producers have left the health package completely untouched and rather sell the “you won’t get wasted at work and will still be able to drive home” package.

But if non-alcoholic wines have to specifically marketed, what does that tell us about the actual taste? The short answer is: “Everything”. All jokes aside, the problem with dealcoholizing wine is not only can you not get buzzed anymore, but you also remove an important tool which delivers the aroma to your taste buds. Non-alcoholic wines tend to taste flat, less complex and lack tannins as it has been filtered out. No doubt, the industry has made remarkable achievements when it comes to flavor authenticity but it is still not quite the same as the old fashioned product. Non-alcoholic sparkling wines, however, can almost pass for the real thing because its carbonation conserves some of the lost aroma.

All in all, we will still have to wait for an authentic non-alcoholic alternative to wine personally, I think it can wait.

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