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Im planning a meeting to introduce low alcohol wines to a group of ladies who know about wines but probably wouldn't try low alcohol wines. Any suggestions on how to approach this subject or low alcohol wines that might be tasty and interesting. Thank You JoAnn Taylor
Answer From Expert Roger Bohmrich MW

It seems that there is growing interest in low- and even zero-alcohol wines as part of a general trend in favor of "better-for-you" beverages and foods. Views differ on what constitutes a "low" alcohol wine, however. You will find many articles online which present conventional wines with somewhat below-average alcohol content as bona fide low-alc examples. Technically, I suppose that's true if they are indeed lower than the norm, which would fall loosely between 12% and 14% ABV. Taking this into account, you could have a mix of wines, some familiar and others less so. For example, include a German Mosel Riesling (of at most 10% ABV), a Portuguese Vinho Verde (perhaps 9%), and a Grüner Veltliner (one around 11% if you can find it). Another well-known (and delicious) candidate would be a Moscato d'Asti (5.5%) from Italy, which instigated the Moscato craze and is the genuine article. Then, throw in a couple of the newest labels such as Cupcake Light Hearted Pinot Grigio or Rosé (8%) and, as the final twist, the Cale Hibiscus Pinot Noir (4.5%) launched by former Miss USA Nana Meriwether (available Spring 2021 from You'll show your audience just how up you are on the latest trends! Hope you have fun with the tasting!
PS. I haven't tasted the Cale or Light Hearted wines myself and have no connection with the wineries.

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Roger has enjoyed a lengthy career in the wine trade as an importer and retailer, and at present he is an educator, speaker and consultant. He set up and managed Millesima USA, a New York merchant affiliated with a leading European company. Previously, he served as senior executive of importers Frederick Wildman & Sons. In recent years, Roger has judged wine competitions in Argentina, Turkey, Portugal, China and the U.S. Roger is one of America's first Masters of Wine.

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