Review: NV Vipra Rosso Dolce Sweet Red

Review: NV Vipra Rosso Dolce Sweet Red

Stop me when I’ve gone too far. Here’s a wine that’s: Lightly fizzy. Sweet. Low alcohol. Designed to be served chilled. And red.

Vipra’s Dolce Sweet Red was designed for millennials who have a sweet tooth and an aversion to alcohol: At 7% abv, this is pretty much soda for grown-ups. (It’s also being used as a mixer.) I’m no millennial and all of this sounds awful, but as Vipra is imported by wine maven Frederick Wildman, I was willing to take a chance.

Thoughts follow. Here goes!

Big blueberry and raspberry notes kick things off, with a fresh and indeed sweetly fruity attack. If not for a slightly sour zippiness, one could easily assume this was simply fruit juice — with only a hint of grape must to prove this isn’t actually some kind of very lightly fizzy carbonated beverage. As it stands, it drinks more like a sangria than a table wine, and indeed could serve admirably as a substitute — or at least a base — for the beverage. Vipra grew on me after a while, but it took some reprogramming my mind to get to a place where I could appreciate it. Having a table full of tapas is probably not a bad idea, either.

B / $14

NV Vipra Rosso Dolce Sweet Red




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. DEBI W NORWOOD on January 22, 2020 at 7:49 am

    My husband recently discovered this wine and loves it. He is a Crown and Coke type of man but he really enjoys blackberry sangria from Carrabba’s Italian Grill. He saw this and decided to try it and it was quite impressive to him.

  2. Tera on December 12, 2021 at 8:44 am

    I found this wine at Rouses Market and for the price I’m extremely impressed. It’s rich, light and slightly fruity. Yes it’s 7%on the alcohol but I glass and I felt really nice! Try it you won’t regret it.

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