It’s Wine O’clock….with Jean Smullen

by Gazette Reporter
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One of the fastest growing wine trends this summer is for Lo or No alcohol wines.  Santa Rita Ireland’s favorite wine brand, will launch three new low alcohol wines this summer. 

There will be two whites made from Pinot Grigio and Moscato and one red, made from Cabernet Sauvignon. These lovely light Lo-Alcohol wine have just 9% ABV and as an added incentive contain only 80 calories per glass, which is great for anyone watching their weight this summer.

Santa Rita De-Light Moscato €12.50

Moscato is a very aromatic grape variety, the aromas really define the wine and are very floral with hints of blossom and citrus.  Moscato (or Muscat as it is also known) is one of the oldest grape varieties in the world.  When you taste it, it tastes like grapes with added tropical fruit flavours.This is the perfect wine to serve with any sort of salad, especially a traditional “Irish” salad with lettuce, tomato, egg and scallions all topped off with a dollop of salad cream.

Santa Rita De-Light Cabernet Sauvignon €12.50

Each wine is made using traditional winemaking practices, but they also use a spinning cone method to reduce the amount of alcohol.  The spinning cone spins the wine into thin liquid which releases a cool vapour from the wine itself that carries off all the lightest molecules in the liquid, most of which is the alcohol. The process is repeated until the desired lower-level of alcohol is reached. Cabernet Sauvignon is the grape variety best-known for serving with any sort of meat dish.  The tannin in the grape, means it works very well with steak, or chops or ribs, which means this Lo-Alcohol red will be the ideal wine to serve at a barbeque. 

Both wines are available in Dunnes, Tesco, SuperValu and most independent off licences

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