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I have to say I'd never heard of Eisbery Alcohol Free Wine and really, had you asked me a few years ago, I wouldn't have seen the point of it. When I have a party I usually get a few bottles of Schloer (grown up fizzy pop!) in for the drivers and non drinkers, usually females. I had never really had the reason to buy a non alcoholic wine.
Over Christmas 2010 however my mother in law bought me a bottle of white Eisbery Alcohol Free Wine as I was five months pregnant and pretty fed up of glasses of lemonade! I was sceptical, but on pouring it in the glass I was pretty impressed - it looks the real deal, still, and smells the real deal, too.
Taste wise I have to say it was pretty close to the mark - it's a perfectly drinkable wine-alike, and not too sweet, too, which is the problem with substituting for soft drinks generally. I enjoyed it, though I drank it in the house with my family at Christmas - I can't say I'd go to the effort to drink it on my own, I still wouldn't see the point. But it was Christmas, and it was a nice little treat to feel like I was still celebrating with a toast of almost the real thing, not that I am by any means a huge drinker.
I wouldn't drink this out of the house at five months pregnant though - I mean, Eisbery Alcohol Free Wine comes in a glass wine bottle with an authentic looking logo. I don't think I could bear the looks from people looking at a heavily pregnant woman seemingly drinking her way through a bottle of wine! It would be nice to take to a party, though, as not everyone provides alcohol free beverages other than the usual cola / lemonade / orange juice so it does make a nice change.
Overall for an alcohol free wine Eisbery Alcohol Free Wine in white is a good substitute, it looks and tastes like it's alcoholic counterpart, and it's a different way to join in celebrations and so on without having to spend the evening on fizzy drinks.
They've done well with this and for £4 a bottle (what my mother in law paid at Oddbins), I don't think it will break the bank. It's not an every day one for me, or for most people, but it has it's place and I think it's worthy of four stars out of five.
I first came across Eisberg Alcohol Free wines when I was pregnant with my son and I was off to a friends house and wanted to feel more included in terms of drinking and I am not a fan of carbonated drinks so would end up drinking water or decaffeinated tea or coffee, which does not always go with food. The wine can be purchased from most supermarkets for around £3.50.
The wines have an alcohol content of 0.05% per 75cl bottle. You can buy a Riesling, Chardonnay, Rose and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each bottle is made of glass and has a screw top lid that is easy to twist off and does not leak if lay down in the fridge to keep it chilled.
I tried them all during the course of my pregnancy and found I preferred the Riesling to the others. The Riesling tasted of honey, apples and slightly of melons, which was pleasant to drink and really did taste like wine, at the time, now I am no longer pregnant I would not drink this again in a hurry as I prefer alcoholic wine, but for what it is I would recommend this too others who cannot drink alcohol for whatever reasons and it is also a nice way of feeling like everyone else if they are all drinking.
The Chardonnay was ok and tasted vaguely of apples and vanilla, the Rose was not so nice, as it had a dry after taste, but was also rather sweet, tasting of cherries and strawberries, the cabernet sauvignon as quite full bodied and plumy in taste, though it lacked a punch.
Overall I would recommend these non alcoholic wines to others as they taste ok and serve a purpose, you can drink them and still drive, they are well priced and they are a good alternative for people who cannot, or choose not to drink alcohol whilst at a dinner party.
First things first, I should admit that I work in a wine shop. In said wine shop, we sell wines from £3.99 up to... well generally we don't sell anything over £50. Obviously, its par for the course that I have an interest in wine and I get to taste my fair share of different wine.
All of a sudden at the beginning of this year we were getting quite a few requests for alcohol free wine. I'd seen Eisberg Chardonnay in a few supermarkets so I suggested to one customer that she might find some there. Off she went to Tesco and bought herself 2 bottles. The very next day, she came into me with one of the bottles and demanded that I try it! She wasn't very complimentary and I have to say I wasn't looking forward to giving it a go! Anyway, here is what I thought:
Nose: Quite fruity, apples
Colour: Golden with a hint of green
Palate: tastes like apple juice, not very wine- like, sweetness of a medium style wine.
I have to admit, I didn't really enjoy this but I think it would be perfectly reasonable for a drink if you were the designated driver and didn't want to be left out. Personally I can't see the point, I'd rather have some sort of soft drink! I'd say give it a go and see what you think, for slightly more £'s than a premium soft drink (like Appletiser etc) it's worth a go, but don't expect it to taste like your favourite "real" Chardonnay!
Although I am not a regular consumer of alcohol - well not as regular as I would like to be then. I do enjoy the occasional glass of Chardonnay with a meal, it is also my drink of choice at celebratory do's like weddings, Christenings and birthdays (especially mine); so when my nephew asked what I would like for Christmas, my answer is usually, "A nice bottle of Chardonnay, please."
It was by pure accident, rather than design, that I discovered Eisberg Chardonnay, a Christmas gift of course, from my dear family member.
Instead of picking up a bottle of what he thought was one of the usual brands normally purchased; my nephew spotted the word CHARDONNAY stamped in bold lettering across the front of the bottle, so picked this one. He, of course, knows as much about wines as myself, all of which can be summarised on the back of a large postage stamp- i.e. White, red or rose`
I didn't realize that it was an alcohol free wine either until my first glass, there was a distinct lack of alcohol ping, at the back of the throat, the sort of ping that would prevent me from guzzling it down as if it were a glass of water.
I was pleasantly surprised by the clean, fresh, fruity flavour, and slight hint of sparkle. I looked more closely at the lable and discovered that it was indeed a Chardonnay, but with most of the alcohol removed.
It has since become a firm favourite of mine, though I still enjoy a normal alcoholic wine with my meal.
I also think it a great standbye, when at a dinner party, to be able to drink, or appear to be drinking without having to say each time, "No thank you I'm driving." when offered a wine.
So I would advise a bottle or two to be kept in stock, to offer a refreshing drink other than soda water, or fruit juices to abstaining drivers, when socialising.
Eisberg Chardonnay is made in Germany, from chardonnay wines, but the alcohol content is greatly reduced, from about 12% of alcohol per vol. to 0.05% per volume. A whole bottle, when drunk, would not register on a breathalizer.
This alcohol-free wine goes well with chicken or ham dishes and all vegetarian meals. It is best served chilled, as all Chardonnays, and providing an alcoholic kick is not expected, will not disappoint.
De-alcoholised Chardonnay wine.
Carbon dioxide - to give the slight sparkle.
Saccharose - a pure crystalline dissacharide extracted from cane sugar or sugar beet ( a glucose + fructose molecule ) NOT to be confused with Saccharin which is a synthetic sugar - a coal-tar compound.
I thought I would add this chemistry lesson, just incase Saccharose was confused with Saccharin.
Tesco sell Eisberg Chardonnay for £2.95 a bottle. I can thoroughly recommend the clean fruity taste which cleans the palette and leaves you sober and able to drive legally.
2013 update: I looked for a bottle of this again this year for Christmas, but couldn't find any.
Brand: Eisberg / type. Wine