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Winners are Grinners: The World Alcohol Free Awards

World Alcohol Free Awards Judging

The World Alcohol Free Awards recognize outstanding alcohol-free products from around the globe, and it’s a pleasure to share the winners with you. I can say with enthusiasm that the winners truly represent the best of the best in the alcohol-free category.

It is so good to see creators and producers in the alcohol free drinks category receive recognition for creating beautiful and complex drinks which rival their alcoholic versions for taste.  New drinks are coming out all the time – which is so exciting – and that means that you will find something to suit your palate.

Here are the winners who have a home at Tabooze along with the judge’s tasting comments.

Gold medal winners

SANSGRIA

ALTINA DRINKS

ABV 0.05%

Vibrant purple in colour, this is an exuberant cornucopia of plush dark fruits – blackberries, black cherries – with some orange and vanilla undertones. Aided by gentle petillance, the palate is less sweet than you’d expect, with a slightly spicy sour-cherry finish. Drunk lightly chilled and garnished, it’s a great sipping-wine alternative.

 

COASTAL JUNIPER

SEA ARCH DRINKS LTD

ABV < 0.5%

Very botanical, with lots of juniper, coriander seed, liquorice and aniseed on the nose. A drink with a big personality, whose flavours still carry through when mixed with tonic. A viable yet characterful alternative for G&T lovers, particularly if they like the spicy style.

 

CRISPY CHARDONNAY 

VINADA

ABV 0%

Nice clean nose – a bit grassy at first, but moving through hints of green apple to something riper and more citrussy. Bright and approachable, there’s sweetness here but overall it remains impressively restrained with a dry finish. A real champagne alternative.

Silver Medal Winners

SPROUT

CLOVENDOE DISTILLING CO.

ABV 0%

Very Middle-Eastern in style, with lots of exotic spices – cardamom, cinnamon, frankincense – underpinned with oranges, lemons and pine. Bold and unique.

 

NON-ALCOHOLIC CHARDONNAY

NEW BLOOD

ABV 0.5%

The pale colour is deceptive because this has a lot of flavours of ripe fruit with a definite oak influence. Quite sweet, but balancing acidity, and the oak gives real food match potential.

 

ZERO SHIRAZ – ORGANICALLY GROWN

PURE VISION WINES

ABV < 0.5%

Ripe, brooding blackberry/cherry fruit with a touch of cocoa on the nose. Leads on to a smooth, full-bodied palate with a dry, savoury element. Definitely gastronomic.

 

ROSE SEA & T

SEA ARCH DRINKS LTD

ABV 0%

With its flavours of citrus, juniper and floral hints, there’s a definite gin character to this. Good carbonation and a nice bitterness make this a genuine G&T alternative for the moderating drinker.

 

TINTELING TEMPRANILLO 

VINADA

ABV 0%

With flavours of peaches, honey and jasmine, this off-dry rosé is fresh, balanced and quite vinous on the palate. An easily-quaffable, warm-weather crowd-pleaser.

Bronze Medal Winners

FINGER LIME SAUVIGNON BLANC

ALTINA DRINKS

ABV 0.05%

Dry and floral with herbal hints and a longer than average finish.

 

DAVIDSON PLUM SPARKLING ROSÉ

POLKA

ABV 0.05%

Coral pink with pronounced aromatics of spring blossom, flower nectar and a hint of wood. Quite full-bodied with an attractive mousse.

 

AMAZING AIRÉN GOLD

VINADA

ABV 0%

Peachy, floral, honeyed nose with a light mousse. Not complex but very approachable and a good weekday/pouring fizz for weddings, parties etc.

Highly Commended

LE BLANC

ALTINA DRINKS

ABV 0%

Grape, vanilla and saffron flavours with a touch of green tea.

 

KAKADU PLUM ROSÉ

ALTINA DRINKS

ABV 0.05%

Light, cheery and floral. A good by the glass option for a summer’s day.

 

LA VIE EN ROSE

ALTINA DRINKS

ABV 0%

Attractive red berry fruits and fine mousse. Good for those with a sweet tooth.

 

PEPPERBERRY SHIRAZ

ALTINA DRINKS

ABV 0.05%

Good deep colour. Sweet blackcurrant and vanilla aromas. Approachable rather than vinous.

 

SEED

CLOVENDOE DISTILLING CO.

ABV 0%

Brisk, bright, juniper-heavy botanical nose with some palate bitterness. Opens up further with tonic.

 

NON-ALCOHOLIC ROSÉ

NEW BLOOD

ABV 0.5%

Attractive colour – a more floral, minerally rosé, with some complexity, depth and mouthfeel. Could work with food.

 

NON-ALCOHOLIC SHIRAZ

NEW BLOOD

ABV 0.5%

Cherry, pomegranate and some earthy spice. A good fruit/acid balance.

When it comes to products stocked by Tabooze, I’m happy to report that we carry a wide variety of award-winning alcohol-free drinks that are sure to please.   In addition to these award-winning products, Tabooze also carries a variety of other high-quality alcohol-free drinks, including wines, spirits, and mixers. With such a great selection, it’s easy to find the perfect non-alcoholic drink for any occasion.#worldafawards

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