Non-al­co­holic wine and bub­bly

Fairlady - - WINE O’CLOCK -

These can be a bit tricky, be­cause there’s no es­cap­ing the fact that they’re ba­si­cally grape juice in a mis­lead­ing bot­tle. But one of the best ‘wines’ we tried was Inah Su­pe­rior Grape Juice, made from 100% Shi­raz grapes, which some­how seemed to make it less sweet.

Van Lov­eren, Zari and Caprice all have good fizz op­tions. The trick is to try to keep away from the doux, be­cause they’re all nat­u­rally sweet any­way. We par­tic­u­larly liked the Van Lov­eren Papil­lon White. Deep am­ber and burst­ing with fruit, Pimm’s No 1 is syn­ony­mous with sum­mer. Try this non-al­co­holic ver­sion: Mix to­gether equal parts ginger beer and chilled black tea. Add ½ tea­spoon bal­samic vine­gar and ½ tea­spoon dark, soft brown sugar. Di­lute to your taste with a mix­ture of lemon­ade and soda wa­ter, and add fruit and ice.

Cheers to a sober month! ✤

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