So while it seems that you might not mind a tipple while watching little Sid and Nancy, I really can’t imagine you wanting to get swashed. Okay, I can imagine that, but lets play this safe and stick to some great low alcohol wines. Sound like a plan? Great, then check out these appealing options!
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We all know Moscato is on fire these days. Everybody seems to be producing some and people really dig the bubbles, lightly sweet citrus flavors, and low alcohol that is generally in the 5%-7% range.
If you really want a treat, get yourself some of the best: Moscato d’Asti. These are always affordable, and it’s rare that you can purchase best in class wines for such little money.
Check out: Bera Moscato d’Asti
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Vinho Verde isn’t really green, but it does come from barely ripe, kind of green grapes. The wine actually comes in white, red and even rosé versions, though the white is the most common and most popular. This little ditty from Portugal is a summer staple. It’s liquid refreshment, filled with lemony fruit, zesty acidity, a slight spritz, and alcohol that is routinely 10% or lower.
Chilled Vinho Verde is almost like lemonade on crack, plus it pairs well with a variety of foods, from seafood and shellfish to all things fried. The best part is the price. You can almost always pick up a bottle for less than $10. If you’re lucky, you might even manage two bottles for that tenner!
Check out: Casal Garcia
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For something like Vinho Verde but with a bit more of an intense flavor, take a look at Spain’s Txakoli, or Txakolina, or Chacoli.
It’s pronounced “Chock- o- lee” and is another spritzy, lemon and mineral flavored white perfect for whiling away the hours as the kids play.
Typically, Txakoli runs between 9.5% and 10.5% alcohol and is delightfully fresh and fun. Usually served with tapas, it’s the perfect wine for light snacks like chicken nuggets, pigs in a blanket, or tater tots!
Check out: Txamin Etxaniz Txakoli
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If you’re looking for something less mineral and acidic, Riesling should definitely be on your radar. While the previous still wines were low in alcohol and dry, many Rieslings are low in alcohol because some of the sugar from the grapes used to make the wine was left unfermented. The results are wines which are low in alcohol and high in fruitiness!
German Rieslings generally run in the 7% to 11% alcohol range when they are made in the lightly sweet Kabinett and Spatlese styles, but beware the Trockens! These are dry versions of these wines, with all their sugar converted to alcohol. Riesling usually shows nice peachy flavors, accented with some lime and mineral notes.
Check out: Relax Riesling
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We started with a light and fruity sparkler, so it seems fitting to end with one that is just a little more winey, yet just as refreshing. Prosecco wines tend to be just off-dry, meaning you can barely make out a bit of sweetness, and the alcohol levels tend to be right around 10% to 12%.
I prefer my Prosecco to be frizzante, or lightly bubbly, as opposed to the more common Spumante. In either case, Prosecco offers up light flavors of pear and peach with pretty perfumes of fruit. It’s a great sipping wine and one that matches well with a cheese board or other light fare!
Check out: Bortolotti Prosecco
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