Wine & Brews

Sips & Tips: Planning for Summer Sipping

With summer just around the corner I thought it would be nice to share wines that can be easily consumed while on the river, listening to the Music in the Garden, or just having a picnic with friends – and not have to have a designated driver for the trip home. I had mentioned to Team Wine that I wanted to try some non-alcoholic wines for “Sips,” but I did not share it was this tasting.

Both wines were purchased at Square Wine Co. located at 5 N Pinckney St., Madison, WI 53703 (right on the Square). I bagged the bottles so when poured, all they knew was they were about to taste a red and a white wine. Read on to see how it went.

From the Mosel River region of Germany, the J & H Selbach Funkelwürtz Zero (sparkling wine – .5% ABV, $17) is winemaker Johannes Selbach’s entry into the non-alcoholic wine category. Grapes are 80% Muskat and 20% Rivaner, which are both in the Riesling family. The wine is fermented in stainless steel for a pleasant sweetness. The alcohol is removed using membrane technology – sort of a reverse osmosis process – and the finished wine is slightly effervescent and aromatic.

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