What’s better than coming home from a long day of work than helping yourself to a cold glass of white wine, guilt-free? With nonalcoholic Chardonnays and Champagnes, you can wind down without the side effects of alcohol.
Wondering where to buy nonalcoholic wine? Confused about what Chardonnay is? And what makes it Champagne? We have you covered.
Here is everything you need to know about non-alcoholic Chardonnay before you buy it.
All about Chardonnay
When most of us hear the word Chardonnay, we think of wine, but technically Chardonnay is a type of grape used to make wine. It’s important to note that even if there is no mention of Chardonnay on the label, it doesn't mean the grape wasn't used.
It all comes down to how different countries label their wines. In France, the birthplace of the Chardonnay grape, they mark their wines by region and not by grape. In the US, on the other hand, we label by the grape. The result? A bottle of white Bourgogne is as much a Chardonnay as the classic bottle of California Chardonnay you probably have in your possession right now (or, soon will after reading this article).
Chardonnay wine can taste differently depending on where it is from, but you’ll notice a dry, medium to full-bodied flavor with fresh bursts of apple, guava, and lemon. New World Chardonnays tend to also have a mild note of vanilla balanced out with oak.
Perfect for light snacks or even paired with dessert, many people enjoy Chardonnay on its own.
All about Champagne
So, officially Champagne is only from the region of France by the same name. And guess what? That region grows a lot of Chardonnay grapes. The bottle of Champagne you can’t wait to try might be made from Chardonnay. More likely, it’s made from a mix of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay.
You can enjoy a delicious glass of non-alcoholic bubbly wine that isn’t from the Champagne region of France. Even if your Chardonnay lets out a satisfying pop when uncorked, it’s simply Chardonnay, not Champagne, if it’s not from the region.
Oh, but if you enjoy a Blanc de Blancs Champagne, you’re drinking Chardonnay.
Wait, is Chardonnay sparkling or still?
Confused much? Chardonnay can be made into bubbly wine—or not. Champagne is always sparkling wine and is sometimes made with 100% Chardonnay grapes. But not every wine with bubbles is Champagne.
So the answer is yes. Chardonnay can be either sparkling or still. It can be turned into Champagne or not. It’s a truly versatile grape.
All about non-alcoholic wine
Now that we have that cleared up, let’s figure out how to enjoy the world’s most popular wine without alcohol.
Most nonalcoholic wine is made just like regular wine and then goes through a dealcoholization process that makes it alcohol-free.
That means you can enjoy a sparkling Chardonnay that is more than simply Chardonnay grape juice. It’s actually fermented and casked and turned into real wine—with just that pesky alcohol removed.
Where to buy the best alcohol-free white wine
Ready to raise those glasses and enjoy some bubbly or still Chardonnay? You can find several delicious alcohol-free wines at Boisson.
Here are some of our favorites:
Thomson & Scott — Noughty Alcohol-Free Sparkling Chardonnay Sparkling, organic and the perfect accompaniment to holiday hors d'oeuvres.
Hill Street Vin(Zero) Non-Alcoholic Chardonnay Tart, zesty — a refreshingly light yet funky take on an easy to drink Chardonnay.
Leitz Eins Zwei Zero Blanc de Blancs Non-Alcoholic White Wine A very nice and refreshing, mild and alcohol-free white wine with delicate tropical nuances and citrus fruits.