Drinks are on us after leading consumer advocacy group, CHOICE, recently gave our Sparkling Cuvee the thumbs up, naming it the best tasting non-alcoholic sparkling wine.
Their non-alcoholic sparkling wine review gave our drop the top spot for the best-tasting alcohol-removed wine available in Australia. A blind tasting of 30 tasters preferred it over a range of other non-alcoholic sparkling wines, commenting, “…more like Champagne”, “an appropriate substitute for alcoholic wine”, and “I’d drink this again”.
“Although not surprised by this result, as we know our Sparkling Cuvee is a delicious drop, we were delighted with review”, said our National Business Manager Paul Andrade.
The takeaway from the review is pretty simple: Edenvale wines taste fantastic!
Who were we up against? Besides our Edenvale Sparkling Cuvee CHOICE reviewed six non-alcoholic sparkling wines, including our Sparkling Blanc de blanc, and:
CHOICE did point out that two of the products being reviewed were, ‘basically sparkling water and grape juice’. The Fronti is labelled as sparkling grape juice, while the Maggie Beer ‘Sparkling Chardonnay’ uses the juice of Chardonnay grapes and also has verjuice added, which is made from the juice of unfermented grapes. In contrast, our wines are fully fermented before they are de-alcoholised, to produce great tasting alcohol-removed wines that deliver a real wine experience. This means they have less than 0.5% alcohol by volume which equals zero standard drinks.
Who is CHOICE?
CHOICE has been around for 50+ years with the goal to, ‘deliver expert, unbiased consumer information’ the general public can trust. They have a dedicated team of testers, many of whom are scientists who put a range of products and services – from white goods to coffee grinders and cars, to health insurance and hotel booking sites. They pay for all the items they test – so they are truly independent with the goal of offering, ‘unbiased advice on what to buy’.
How did CHOICE test the non-alcoholic sparkling wines?
For their non-alcoholic sparkling wine review, CHOICE set up a blind tasting for 30 staffers. Each wine was assigned a code and its identity was concealed from the tasters. They then sampled them randomly and decided if they disliked, liked or loved it. They rate a ‘dislike’ with a score of 25, a ‘like’ at 70 and ‘love’ at 100. A total of 180 samples were tasted and voted on across the six non-alcoholic wine products. A minimum of 30 taste tests were completed per product, with the final score calculated from an average of all responses.
What about the Sparkling Cuvee?
So after all the accolades, what can you expect from our alcohol-free Sparkling Cuvee?
This blended white is refreshing, fruity but not too sweet. Perfect for pairing with canapes, fresh fruit and any occasion. It is also a great option if you are pregnant or the designated driver for the night. And like all our alcohol-removed wines, we are proud to say this drop is made from grapes cultivated right here in Australia.
Looking to make the transition to a low or alcohol-free lifestyle? You can shop all our varietals online, or check availability at your local stockist. Selected products are also available in the beverage aisle at these retailers: