Odd Bird, Alcohol-Free Sparkling Rosé

(2023) I'm on record as saying that pitching zero alcohol 'wines' as being just like the real thing, is a deceit; they never are. Drinks such as this begin life as wine, but the alcohol is removed by a variety of techniques. No matter how refined the system, a massive proportion of aroma, flavour and texture is also removed, and I've yet to taste one of these products that tastes remotely like the grapes or wine style it is based on. Odd Bird is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown in the Languedoc, and is made by the traditional method with a year on the lees in individual bottles. Removing the alcohol has left a fizzy rather than sparkling wine, with some raspberry and light herbal aromas. In the mouth it's a little bit sweet, rather thin, but it is not unpleasant. It's bears no meaningful relation to a proper traditional method sparkling wine, so is definitely not recommended as 'Champagne without the alcohol', but it is a pleasant and grown-up sparkling drink for those who choose to avoid alcohol for any reason. £9.99 as part of a mixed 12 bottles. Watch the video for more information.

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