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7 non-alcoholic wines that actually taste good, from red to white and rosé

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With the influx of delicious non-alcoholic mixers, ready-to-drink mocktails and interesting-if-not-strange new pours to get you through dry January, somber October or just the weekend, it’s a wonder it’s taken this long for the wine category to catch up. For too long, wine alternatives have been either syrupy sweet, flat, or both. If you’re looking to lighten up your alcohol intake or cut out booze altogether, but still want something satisfying to sip at the end of the day, look no further. From non-alcoholic reds and whites to alcohol-free rosé and bubbly, we’ve got you covered.

There are plenty of spritty non-alcoholic canned wines that work for happy hour or a picnic in the park, but if you’re looking for a nice bottle that’s perfect for date night or a host gift, now you have options. In the past years, bottles of wine with grape juice could be scored in most grocery stores. This misses the mark for anyone looking for a good non-alcoholic glass. Look for alcohol-free or non-alcoholic wines instead. These have actually gone through the winemaking process under the watchful eye of a winemaker. After the vinification process, the alcohol is then removed through reverse osmosis or vacuum distillation.

The wine world has everything from full-bodied red wines to light and acidic white wines. Finally, the arena of non-alcoholic wines is following suit. So sit back, relax, try a cork, pour yourself a glass and clink to alcohol-free wine that finally tastes as good as it should.

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Non-alcoholic red wines

There are many non-alcoholic reds, but most are still too sweet or simply fall flat. A red wine makes the cut for those looking for something more astringent, and another is for those of you who like it a little on the sweet side.

Sovi Reserve Red, 38 USD

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Petit sirah blended with cabernet sauvignon serves aromas of blackberries and plums with oaky notes and a dry finish. This salty red is a must-pour for your next dinner party.

Definitely Pinot Noir, 29 USD

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This smooth red is easy to drink. It is slightly sweeter than a Burgundy, but can be compared to some less serious pinot noirs in the new world. This is a party red that is a crowd-pleaser, especially if the crowd is looking for a non-alcoholic option.

Non-alcoholic white wines

When it comes to non-alcoholic white wine, it has been much harder to find exciting pours. With white wine, there is nowhere to hide. Without oak to add fun flavors or bubbles for mouthfeel, the whites bare it all. Here are two different styles perfect for white wine lovers.

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, $16

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TODAY Illustration / kolotuschenko / Getty Images

Just what you want from a sauvignon blanc – light, crisp and dry. It is full of citrus flavor and perfect when enjoyed well chilled.

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Sovi Chenin Blanc, 34 USD

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TODAY Illustration / kolotuschenko / Getty Images

This is an alcohol-free pour that any white wine lover can get behind. Like all great whites, it is layered with delicious fruit and has a beautiful creamy body and light acidity. Notes of honeydew and lemon fill your mouth and its finish makes you want another sip. This is a truly special non-alcoholic wine far and above any other currently available.

Non-alcoholic rosé wines

If you’re looking for a summery sip without alcohol, your best bet is to score one with a spritz. Here is my top pick.

Safely non-alcoholic sparkling rosé, 30 USD

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You can definitely enjoy this bubbly, fruit-filled rosé all day without worrying about a hangover. You won’t miss the booze one bit while sipping this tropical fruit-laced, off-dry rosé.

Non-alcoholic sparkling wines

Champagne these are not. If you’re looking for yeasty, toasty, creamy French bubbles, you may have to wait a little longer for the non-alcoholic category to catch up. Think more in the direction of light, bubbly and perfect for a bowl.

Frexeinet alcohol-removed premium sparkling wine, $11

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TODAY Illustration / kolotuschenko / Getty Images

This cava is a great value for tons of small bubbles. This is a true de-alcoholized bubbly ideal for any brunch as a mimosa or on its own.

Lyre’s Classico Grande, 19 USD

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This one is crunchy with a perfect touch of sweetness. If prosecco is your preferred pour, this is a perfect substitute.

This article was originally published on TODAY.com