Frankly when my aunt accounted that she was having a BBQ at the weekend to celebrate the engagement of her son, I was a bit wary. Not of the engagement – I’m dead pleased Em is joining our crazy little gang, but that the good weather would continue.
Mum and I were requested to arrive early to help set up. I think this is actually code for make sure someone is on time, as my family are notoriously late for things. However this left mum in a bit of a quandary, as she didn’t want to be “blottoed by 5pm”. So when a bottle of Eisberg Riesling non-alcoholic wine arrived on my doorstep it seemed like the perfect chance to try it out.
Eisberg do four different types of non-alcoholic wine: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rose and Riesling. I’d opted to try the Riesling, as it’s a alcoholic wine variety I’ve enjoyed before and thought it would be a good all-rounder. It’s described as “honeyed aromas of rosy apples and juicy melons” which I think is pretty fair – it had a nice sweet fruitiness to it, which wasn’t cloying, but was also refreshing. The slight alcoholic aftertaste that comes with wine was missing, but I was the only person to notice this – my mum and aunt said they didn’t taste a noticeable difference between it and regular wine. In fact my mum enjoyed it so much that she pretty much adopted the bottle for the evening.
My mum was initially sceptical at the point of non-alcoholic wine and couldn’t really understand why anyone would buy it – Which is a notion I think a lot of people share. I’d tried to give a few examples including people that wanted to drink wine but couldn’t or wouldn’t (health or pregnancy) and that most diet-wines are basically low alcohol, but she was still sceptical. Yet as she dropped me home (bonus, no taxi fare) I asked her what she thought of the wine and she’d said that she enjoyed it; that she could still feel part of the party, that the wine gave her a chance to join in, but still drive home. She’d gone from sceptical to wondering where might stock non-alcoholic wine (answer: most supermarkets).
Disclosure: I was sent a bottle of non-alcoholic wine to review. I wasn’t obliged to be nice and neither was my mum, even thought she unwittingly reviewed it. “Blottoed” is probably Irish slang, but definitely should be used more.