Review: Eisberg Alcohol Free Wine
Well – Christmas has come and gone. And if, like me, you had more than your fair share of al-co-hol during the festive period, you may well be considering Dry January.
So when I approached to try out Eisberg alcohol free wine, I was intrigued enough to accept.
Having said that, I wasn’t really sure what to expect of a non-alcoholic wine. The only thing I’d tried previously (that could be described as being remotely similar) was Schloer, but the idea of ‘wine with the alcohol removed’ seemed much more ‘grown up’ than a glass of fizzy grape juice. And I do like to pretend that I’m a grown up sometimes.
The first wine I tried from the range was the Cabernet Sauvignon. My first impressions were that it looked very convincing. It definitely looked like wine. It even smelt a little like wine. But unfortunately, this inspired in me some very unrealistic expectations of what it might taste like… so I was disappointed.
At best, it tasted like exactly what it is – wine, with something missing. But in the spirit of not wasting anything, I added some lemonade and a few slices of orange and found that this profoundly improved the taste!
And that’s when my disappointment turned to wonder and amazement, as I realised that I could now legitimately have a jug of Sangria on a Wednesday night, no questions asked.
Encouraged by my new-found appreciation for Eisberg alcohol free wine, I then tried the Chardonnay and the Sauvignon Blanc. I found these to be much better than the Cabernet Sauvignon. The Sauvignon Blanc is actually quite pleasant, though I still think both of the white wines are nicer with lemonade or soda, as a spritzer.
As for the Sparkling Blanc – this was probably my favourite. I tested this out on my family too and the response from them was unanimously positive.
The Sparkling Rosé, on the other hand, was too sweet for my liking. Similarly, I was not a great fan of the regular bottle of rosé either. But, if you’re a fan of sweet rosé, you may well like Eisberg’s rosé offerings – they just weren’t to my taste, unfortunately.
So, all in all, a mixed bag.
In summary, I’d definitely recommend all the whites. And although the red isn’t so great on its own, it does make a pretty convincing sangria. It’d probably make an acceptable mulled wine too (ooh mulled wine jam!) and it’d definitely be good enough to cook with. So I’m going to say I’d recommend that one too. (There’s also an interesting recipe for a Winter Fruit Cobbler on the Eisberg website.)
I can’t say I’d choose to drink this over and above real wine, but I can definitely see the value in a product like this – it’s a great way of joining in with the party if you can’t drink alcohol (for whatever reason) or if you’re just taking a break from booze.
So if you’re taking part in Dry January and fancy something a little bit more sophisticated than a bottle of pop, Eisberg alcohol free wine could well be the answer!
Available at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose and Ocado.
PS. Although I was sent these products for free, I was not obligated to write a positive review. I only ever recommend products I actually like.