Vineyards' Non-Alcoholic Wine-Grape Juice
grapes are normally used to make grape juice, but are rarely turned
into wine due to their strong, musky flavor. But Navarro Vineyards
of Mendocino County, California, is putting a new spin on grapevines,
turning the same fine Gewürztraminer
Noir grapes it uses for its wines into non-alcoholic wine-grape
the grapes are harvested and pressed, the liquid isn’t allowed
to ferment, but is cold-stabilized like a dessert wine (to remove
tartaric acid crystals). The resulting juices are marvelously sweet,
smooth beverages that can be enjoyed by both teetotalers and toddlers,
with or without food.
Out of the two offered varietals, the Gewürztraminer
seems dryer with fruitier undertones, while the Pinot Noir seems
more complex. Both are much sweeter and more luxurious than regular
grape juices, and are best when served cold, as there is a rather
syrupy finish when sipped at room temperature.
has found that its grape juices have been particularly popular with
children ever since it started selling the non-alcoholic beverages
in its tasting room. But adults can also enjoy the fact that the
benefits associated with wine are still present without the
alcohol. In fact, non-alcoholic grape juice can be healthier, as
it doesn’t produce so-called “free radicals,”
or unstable oxygen molecules that can damage blood vessel tissues.
A study done in 2000 at the University of California, Davis, showed
that antioxidants associated with grapes lasted longer in non-alcoholic
wine. Red grapes (like Pinot
Noir) are still better, though, as they contain antioxidant
flavonoids, which aren’t present in white grapes like Gewürztraminer.
the juice employs wine grapes grown on expensive land and carefully
tended, the 750-mL size bottles list at a steep $11. But for those
who get wine headaches, dislike the taste of wine or don’t
drink alcohol, Navarro Vineyards wine-grape juices can provide a
more upscale, better-tasting choice than regular old Welch’s.
purchase or for more information, visit www.navarrowine.com
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(Updated: 8/19/09 SV)