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Snooth User: MikeWhitePE

Low Alcohol Chardonnay and Brandy

Posted by MikeWhitePE, Apr 26, 2009.

Do any of you have any recommendations where/how I can buy reduced-alcohol Chardonnay that doesn't taste like watered-down white wine (like Fre does)? Also, has anyone heard of reduced-alcohol Brandy? I live in Orange County, CA.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 28, 2009.

Sorry Mike, never heard of reduced alcohol brandy, and I think I'd rather just add an ice-cube if I was so inclined.

As far as the Lower alcohol Chards go can't say I have alot of experience.

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 29, 2009.

If you want white wines with lower alcohol concentrations you should take a good look at those of Germany, Austria or even Alsace in France. Global warming hasn't evolved to the point, yet, where their alcohol counts are near to those of a California chardonnay, and many of them are 3 to 5 percent lower in alcohol than the California wine. Rieslings, sylvaners and muller-thurgaus can come across sweeter than most chardonnays, if that is a concern, but those from the Alsace are much drier. And the German, Austrian and Alsace wines are finely crafted, well structured wines with centuries of pedigree. Thus they taste a lot better than what you seem to have encountered in the search you describe.

If you want lower alcohol for brandy, why not jump straight to fortified wines like port, madeira or sherry? They have brandy in them to stop the fermentation, but are basically wines, with all the complexities of flavor and aroma that involves. Sherries, particularly, have a wide range of sweetness, and can be drunk both before and after meals. And they only have around 20% alcohol, a figure less than half that of brandy. Oh, and a good sherry or madeira also costs a lot less than a good brandy. ;-)

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Reply by MikeWhitePE, Apr 29, 2009.

Thanks for the great ideas! I'll check them out.

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Reply by Philip James, Apr 29, 2009.

Brandy with a splash of room temperature tap water. Thats how the Scots take their whiskey...

Its how i drink mine, its a little hot for me when neat.

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Reply by Zermatt Forten, May 14, 2014.

Here in England the big supermarket Sainsbury sold a 22% brandy called BrandX. Alas it stopped being available 2 years ago. Google searches for it have not been successful. I found it a very nice substitute. I didn't miss the missing alcohol.


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