I’ve never really understood the appeal of ‘fake’ things. I’m vegetarian and the thought of fake meat doesn’t do it for me. When I was pregnant with Daniel I didn’t really miss alcohol. It wasn’t a big part of my social life so I didn’t feel the need to replace it with a ‘fake’ wine or beer.
When I was pregnant with Emma there was the odd night here and there when I really did fancy a glass of wine and over the Christmas period I did buy a couple of bottle of alcohol free mulled wine. It was delicious and I think you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between that and normal mulled wine, unless of course you’d had a few glasses and couldn’t work out why you felt 100% sober.
I was recently offered the chance to try out a bottle of Eisberg. Alcohol free wine. I was offered a choice of red, white or rose. I quite like a rose wine so I opted for that bottle.
Eisberg comes in a regular wine bottle complete with label and all the usual stuff you would expect (without the warnings about being over 18 and not drinking when pregnant). If you saw this on a wine rack I don’t think you would realise it isn’t a normal wine.
The website states that:
The Eisberg grapes are selected from specific vineyards for their ability to maintain the true taste of the grape variety after the alcohol has been removed. We do this using one of the world’s most advanced techniques to ensure that as much of the original character and flavours of the wine are kept intact.
The rose wine promises a tasty of ‘ripe strawberries and a hint of cherries’. The wine did taste of strawberries and berry fruits although I am not sure about the cherries. I have to say I was actually quite disappointed. The drink is really nice, and very tasty, but it didn’t, to Damian and I, taste anything like a wine. Damian commented that he felt it had a dry feel and that it tasted more like a spritzer style drink rather than a wine.. To me it tasted just like Shloer or that style of drink. I would be surprised if many people were served this alongside a glass of regular wine and picked this one out as the alcoholic variety.
Having had a look around I find the Eisberg website a little tricky to navigate and share information. It actually has a fair bit of useful information on there about the health benefits of reducing alcohol intake but I find the scrolling screen style it uses a little annoying so I haven’t read as much on that site I would like to – I find switching from section to section a bit annoying.
Don’t get me wrong, as a drink it was really nice, and I would be inclined to buy a few bottles once the warmer weather is here, but I don’t think it would fool many drinkers as being an alcoholic wine.