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What are de-alcoholised wines?

De-alcoholised wines start life as alcoholic wines but have the alcohol removed in the final process. They are made in exactly the same way as alcoholic wines so you gain all the heart health benefits without the unwanted side effects.

In the UK wines are classed as 'alcoholic', ‘de-alcoholised’, 'alcohol-free or 'non-alcoholic'. What does all this mean?

  • 'non-alcoholic' - is just that: no alcohol at all
  • ‘alcohol-free’ - is for drinks not above 0.05% abv
  • ‘de-alcoholised’ - is not above 0.5% abv
  • ‘low-alcohol’ - is not above 1.2% abv.

Are LoNo wines alcohol-free?

Generally, our drinks are between 0% and 0.2% abv (alcohol by volume). Some of our wines are above 0.05% so are classed as ‘de-alcoholised’ (even though most of the rest of the world class these wines as 'alcohol free' or 'non-alcoholic').

Remember that anything that CAN ferment produces alcohol as it ripens, and therefore a ripe grape, for instance, will contain alcohol. Some fresh orange juices are above the UK 'alcohol free' limit of 0.05% abv, as are some yoghurts and rye bread.

Do LoNo wines taste the same as alcoholic wines?

Not exactly the same - you will notice the absence of the alcohol. When alcohol is removed, the full fruit flavours burst through. Aromas such as blackcurrant, summer berries and plums in reds, butterscotch, citrus, and floral scents in whites and hints of raspberry and strawberry in roses are brought to the fore.

You will also miss the heat of the alcohol - the burning sensation in the back of the throat.

The biggest difference you will note is that removing alcohol changes the texture of the wine. The wine does not cling to the glass in the way alcoholic wine can (particular the more alcoholic new world wines) and there is less depth.

But the key point to make is these wines are real wines, with the alcohol removed. To pretend they taste 100% the same as alcoholic wines would be foolish. But to compare them with grape juice would be just as foolish. Because they are fully-fermented before the alcohol is removed, they develop all maturity of taste you are used to with alcoholic wines.

It may take time to adjust to the taste and texture of dealcoholised wines but, just as we acquire a taste for alcohol, we - and thousands of our customers - think it is worth giving yourself time to get to know and enjoy dealcoholised wines for the benefits and pleasure they will bring.

How is the alcohol removed?

Alcohol is removed in the manufacturing stage using one of three different processes at cool temperatures to avoid damaging the wines. All the wines are ordinary alcoholic wines up to this point, so all the original characteristics are retained.

Steam Vacuum - The vaporisation temperature of alcohol is lower than that of other liquids so , under normal circumstances, it would be necessary to boil wine at high temperatures to steam off the alcohol so damaging the delicate flavours. The Steam Vacuum process was pioneered in 1904 by Carl Jung. This process is done in a vacuum where vapourisation can be achieved at much lower temperatures. The wine therefore looses its alcohol but retains the characteristics and flavours that would be lost with normal boiling.

Reverse Osmosis - forces the wine through a membrane (filter) to separate the alcohol from the rest of the wine.

Centrifugal Force - is used in some de-alcoholised wines to 'throw' the alcohol away from the wine through filters. This has to be repeated many times to reduce the alcohol molecules.

Are LoNo de-alcoholised wines vegetarian or vegan?

We are delighted to report that the all our wines are vegetarian and vegan. We are also very proud to say that the Carl Jung Sparkling White Wine was runner-up in the 2004 Vegetarian Society's Best Wine of the Year Awards, which is a pretty good indication of the quality, as this was against wines with alcohol.

Are LoNo wine safe for pregnant women?

A large proportion of our customers are expectant mums, who have found moving to our products is a successful way to maintain a decent social life. LoNo is proud to have supported maternity agencies and events since our beginnings more than 7 years ago. Any queries, then please call us on 01285 850682. We are here to help.

How many calories in non-alcoholic and de-alcoholised wines?

All our wines are roughly only one third while others have as little as a quarter of the calories of wines with alcohol. They do differ slightly from wine to wine, with the range across the board going from 20 to 28 calories per 100ml. There is about 5 grams carbohydrate per 100ml, but NO fat and no protein.

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