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5 Best Non-Alcoholic Red Wines

A review of some of my favorite non-alcoholic red wines


One of the most frequent requests I get is for a list of the best non-alcoholic red wines. And I know why - it's the category that has the furthest to go and can be the most disappointing. I've thrown a lot of red wine down the drain this year, and hopefully you won't have to after reading this list. Here are five of the best non-alcoholic red wines on the market in 2024 (in my humble opinion).

Best non-alcoholic red wines review
Best non-alcoholic red wines review

Let me be perfectly honest... are these the perfect dupes to "real" wines? No. That does not exist, as far as I can tell. When you remove the alcohol content it inevitably changes the body and flavor. So when you try nonalcoholic wines know that you really can't compare apples to apples (or grapes to grapes?), but these are some delicious ones that actual scratch the wine itch for me. And when you approach non-alcoholic wines I suggest going in with an open mind and slightly lowered... actually, let's say altered... expectations.


But first... why is non-alcoholic wine so damn expensive?

When I first started experimenting with non-alcoholic wines I was outraged at how expensive they were. I wondered if it was really worth it to pony up on a bottle without the buzz. But now I will happily pay the same amount to enjoy a nice glass of non-alcoholic wine every once in awhile. I figure what I spend avoiding booze I gain back tenfold in health benefits. I also realized that for me, it wasn't just about the buzz. I truly love and appreciate a delicious wine, and I also like to have something tasty during happy hour or at a party where everyone around me is drinking. It has really helped me stay on track drinking less.


The similarity in price is mainly because the production costs remain the same, if not more, for alcohol-removed wines. Vintners use the same initial winemaking production process as they do with regular wine. However, then production involves one additional element: the removal of the alcohol. So you're talking about all the costs of grapes, making wine, labor, and also now marketing a new alcohol-free product. That's a lot for a winery to take on.

These bottles are all around $25 a pop, which was normally what I'd spend on an average bottle. A quality non-alcoholic wine that tastes equivalent to its alcoholic counterpart must use quality ingredients and sophisticated winemaking techniques. And since I'm looking for something that tastes (almost) as good as the real stuff, the cheapskate in me has to take a back seat on this one.


My No. 1 Wine Tip

One hack to improve the flavor and complexity of non-alcoholic wine is to throw a few dashes of bitters in it. If you don't mind .5% alcohol you can use bartender's bitters, or I enjoy a fully non-alcoholic one from All The Bitter. Use the Aromatic or New Orleans for reds, and the Orange Bitters for whites. Start with 3-4 dashes and stir before enojying.


Oddbird GSM Blend

Personal rating: 8/10
Price: $25 Found at The Zero Proof (Soberishmom discount code*)
Oddbird GSM Red Wine Review
Oddbird GSM Red, $25

Oddbird is one of my favorite non-alcoholic wine producers because of the craft that goes into every bottle. Their winemaking process includes sourcing high-quality grapes and letting the wine mature for up to 12 months before the dealcoholization process begins. The GSM Red (Greancge, Syrah, Mouvedre) has layers of dark fruit, is well-balanced with good body and tannin structure for a non-alcoholic red wine.


Noughty AF Rouge

Personal rating: 7.5/10
Price: $26 Found at The Zero Proof (Soberishmom discount code*)
Noughty Rouge Red Wine Review
Noughty AF Rouge

Several people recommended this one to me and I also love Noughty's AF sparkling wines, so I was excited to try another bottle from this winemaker. This is a smooth red wine that exhibits ripe, juicy fruit without being overly sweet. There is no added sugar or juices in this one, and it has a bit of a dry finish. An easy sipper.


Carl Jung Merlot

Personal rating: 7/10
Price: $25
Found at Cheeky & Dry in Seattle
Carl Jung Dealcoholized Merlot
Carl Jung Dealcoholized Merlot

One of the oldest non-alcoholic wine producers, Carl Jung n/a wines have been produced in Germany since 1903. I was excited to find this bottle at the newly-opened Cheeky & Dry Bottle Shop in Seattle, and their owner recommended I try it. It's lovely with notes of blackberry and a hint of spice. It's velvety smooth and quite mellow without much body, something pretty typical in non-alcoholic reds. The finish is mild and off-dry, a delicious glass to enjoy.


Leitz Zero Pinot Noir Red Wine

Personal rating: 7/10
Price: $18
Found at The Zero Proof (Soberishmom for 10% off*)

Leitz Zero Pinot Noir Red Wine
Leitz Zero Pinot Noir

A bright and fruit-forward pinot noir with a tannic body. Good balanced acidity, though a little thin in the middle. With less than 5g of sugar per glass and coming in under $20 per bottle, this is one I will happily drink with a few dashes of bitters.


Lautus Savvy Red Wine

Personal rating: 7.5/10
Price: $20
Found at The Zero Proof (Soberishmom for 10% off*)
Lautus Savvy Red Blend
Lautus Savvy Red Blend

I was very impressed by this red blend from Lautus. The wine is aged for 9-12 months in oak barrels before being twice passed through a gentle spinning cone technology: once to capture and preserve the wine’s aromas and flavors, and again to remove the alcohol content.

With a supple red-fruit palate and fine tannins, this red is not too sweet and has an excellent mouthfeel with a dry finish.


Happy clean drinking! Use code SoberishMom for 10% off any order at The Zero Proof. *Please note that this is an affiliate code, which means at zero cost to you I will make a couple bucks if you use my code at checkout, which helps me keep the account running. Affiliate programs do not impact my reviews and recommendations.


Watch me review these wines on my Instagram and as always, leave me a comment with your favorite alcohol-free drinks, I'd love to hear from you.

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