In our series of Debunking Wine Myths blogs, we’ll be guiding you through the complex yet accessible world of non-alcoholic beverages while showcasing the distinct characteristics and benefits that come with enjoying ONES’ line of non-alcoholic wines.
Get answers to your grape-juiciest questions, make informed wine decisions and join the ONES community across Canada in celebrating the tastes and sophistication of our BC wine-derived non-alcoholic beverage selections.
Today’s Myth, Non-Alcoholic Wine and Grape Juice Are The Same Thing
Consider this myth busted, non-alcoholic wine and grape juice are two very different beverage types in production, complexity, taste and situational suitability.
How are Non-Alcoholic Wine and Grape Juice Different?
While both product types are made from grapes, non-alcoholic wine is put through two major processes after the grapes have been harvested; fermentation and reverse osmosis.
Fermentation is the conversion of grape sugars to ethanol, the alcoholic content, using naturally occuring yeast. After fermentation, reverse osmosis drastically reduces alcoholic content, leaving you with non-alcoholic wine (0-0.5% ABV, the latter in the case of ONES).
While also produced from grapes, grape juice is put through neither fermentation nor reverse osmosis. Its taste is derived from the natural flavours, fructose and glucose of the crushed grapes, plus any producer-chosen additives such as carbonation, sugars or sweeteners.
At ONES, we pride ourselves on not only creating our non-alcoholic wines from BC wines but also that all of our non-alcoholic options are free of sugar and carbs. We want you to taste the Okanagan, without the headache, the hangover, the BAC spike, the sugar rush or the bloat.
Other non-alcoholic wines may taste like juice, because of added grape juice and sugars, but our non-alcoholic wine tastes like any high-quality BC wine, because that’s what’s in it.
Why Serve ONES Over Grape Juice (& Other Common Non-Alcohol Alternatives)
Whether you’re hosting an event, attending an event or simply enjoying a beverage to yourself at home, limiting or eliminating alcohol from your routine or special occasion doesn’t have to limit your, or anyone’s, beverage consumption to juice, sodas and water.
A lack of proper non-alcoholic beverage options, and an overwhelming presence of sugar and vinegar-filled non-alcoholic wine substitutes, were part of the inspiration behind our founders’ creation of ONES.
“I’m not going to order something like a pop that has so much sugar. I thought surely there has to be better options out there,” ONES co-founder Tyler Harlton told Edible Vancouver, describing his journey after he’d gone non-alcoholic between the transition from TH Wines to ONES.
“He was still interested in pairing food and wine, so he wanted a non-alcoholic option that wasn’t really sweet and didn’t have a ton of preservatives,” his fellow founder Chris Pagliocchini added in a separate interview.
Got a Myth, or Question, for ONES?
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