Cognato Alcohol Free White Wine (0.5%ABV)
The grapes come from the Coastal Region of South Africa. The area is renowned for the top white wines made from low yielding dryland vineyards. The area is close to the ocean which allows for a long, cool growing season. Production is low due to the dry, cool conditions. All the growers are Fairtrade certified.
The alcohol is carefully removed with a vacuum spinning cone process, which allows the alcohol to be removed without affecting the integrity of the wine.
The result is a crisp yet fruity wine with hints of citrus and freshly cut grass on the nose. Cognato White is a perfect alternative for seafood dishes, chicken or as a pre-dinner non-alcoholic drink.
Alcohol Free wines have just natural ingredients and but techniques to ensure it is alcohol free vary. This includes removing sugar pre fermentation to more sophisticated techniques of spinning the alcohol out through cones. Across Europe beers below 0.5% ABV are classed as alcohol free. In the UK drinks that are between 0.05% and 0.5% ABV are classed as non-alcoholic.
How is this product Vegan Friendly?
The drink is free from any animal products or derivatives. In addition the bottle, label and glue is also free from animal products.
Gluten Free Explained
Gluten is a protein compound found most commonly in the grains wheat, barley, rye and oats. Wheat and barley are often key ingredients in producing drinks such as beer and in sealing wine casks. Gluten free drinks avoid using such products. To label as gluten free the product must have below 20 parts per million of gluten, which is barley a trace!
How is this low sugar and what about the carbs?
As defined by governmental guidelines ow sugar means the drink contains less than 2.5g of sugar per 100mls. Products with a higher sugar content cause a spike in insulin and we react by storing more carbs as fat. You may also notice that although lower in sugar there is some carbs, this is usually more complex forms of sugar such as starches and fibre and the body uses these for energy.