Sober-curious? Our dietitian Melissa Meier has picked 20 of the best low- and no-alcohol wines on bottle shop shelves to make those summer soirees that little bit healthier.
Nothing beats a relaxing glass of vino paired with your evening meal or a delicious cheese platter on the weekend. But if you’re one to worry about your health, you might’ve considered sipping on a low- or no-alcohol variety to cut back on booze, at least every now and then. So, if you’re sober-curious, here’s what you need to know about low and no-alcohol wines – and the best ones to bag.
The problem with alcohol…
With good health in mind, you’re on the money if you’re trying to cut back on booze. For one, alcohol packs a punch when it comes to kilojoules, which means you’re likely to gain weight if you drink a lot of it habitually.
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A glass of wine (150mLs, of any type) contains between 110 to 120 calories – which mightn’t sound like much, but can quickly add up to an entire meal’s worth of calories if you’re having a big night (or worse, almost an entire day’s worth of calories if you really hit it hard).
What’s more concerning, however, is the negative impact drinking alcohol can have on your health – not just a sore head the next day, but serious health issues down the track. Drinking alcohol on the reg is linked to many types of cancer, including bowel, breast and liver. It also increases your risk of diabetes, can lead to high blood pressure and even contribute to mental ill-health. It’s pretty serious stuff.
With that in mind, I’m all for limiting alcohol – and that’s where low and zero alcohol bevvies come in handy. So, to help you reduce your alcohol intake, here’s my ranking of the some of the most popular zero and reduced-alcohol wines you’ll find on bottle shop shelves.
The healthiest low and no-alcohol wines in Australia
#1. Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Per 100mL: 55kJ, 0.21g protein, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 2.5g carbs, 1.8g sugar, 0mg sodium
#2. McGuigan Zero Rose
Per 100mL: 60kJ, 0.2g protein,
#3. McGuigan Zero Chardonnay
Per 100mL: 67kJ, 0.1g protein,
#4. Lindeman’s Alcohol Free Chardonnay Pinot Noir Muscat
Per 100mL: 56kJ,
#5. Natureo De-alcoholised 2018 Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon
Per 100mL: 78kJ, 0g protein, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 2.6g carbs, 2.6g sugar, 0mg sodium
#6. McGuigan Zero Sauvignon Blanc
Per 100mL: 67kJ, 0.1g protein,
#7. Lindeman’s Alcohol Free Semillon Chardonnay
Per 100mL: 65kJ
#8. Natureo De-alcoholised White Wine 2019 Muscat
Per 100mL: 87kJ, 0g protein, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 3.5g carbs, 3.5g sugar, 0mg sodium
#9. Edenvale Sauvignon Blanc
Per 100mL: 90kJ, 0.2g protein, 0.2g fat, 4.2g carbs, 3.5g sugar, 30mg sodium
#10. Edenvale Chardonnay
Per 100mL: 94kJ, 0.4g protein,
#11. Ariel 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Per 100mL: 91KJ, 0g protein, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 5g carbs, 4.2g sugar, 7mg sodium
#12. Soul Tracker Shiraz Ultra Low Alcohol
Per 100mL: 120kJ, 0.3g protein,
#13. Natureo De-alcoholised red wine 2019 Grenache Shiraz
Per 100mL: 111kJ, 0g protein, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 3.5g carbs, 3.5g sugar, 0mg sodium
#14. Edenvale Shiraz
Per 100mL: 114kJ, 0.3g protein, 0.1g fat, 6.2g carbs, 3.9g sugar, 31mg sodium
#15. Edenvale Cabernet Sauvignon
Per 100mL: 110kJ, 0.4g protein,
#16. Lindeman’s Early Harvest Crisp Dry White
Per 100mL: 205kJ,
#17. Blue Nun 0.5% Low Alcohol White Wine
Per 100mL: 107kJ,
#18. Blue Nun 0.5% Low Alcohol Red Wine
Per 100mL: 112kJ,
#19. Soul Tracker Dry Rose Ultra Low Alcohol
Per 100mL: 148kJ, 0.1g protein,
#20. Maggie Beer Non Alcoholic Sparkling Ruby Cabernet
Per 100mL: 164kJ,
Melissa Meier is a Sydney-based accredited practising dietitian. You can connect with her on Instagram @honest_nutrition.