It’s a bit of a double nightmare for wine drinkers of a certain pedigree: an alcohol-free wine arriving in a can. With the rumored forthcoming glass bottle shortage and supply chain issues, plus more people opting to no longer partake in traditional wine, it would be unsurprising if there was a market shift in favor of either or both trends. California’s Sovi is looking to get ahead of the curve, and we were lucky enough to receive samples of its two inaugural offerings.
Note: Like most NA wine on the market, there’s a minor technicality: Both canned wines contain a maximum level of alcohol at 0.5% abv. While not really enjoying an entirely alcohol-free wine experience, it’s incredibly close.
2021 Sovi Non-Alcoholic Red Blend – A blend of Spanish and French varietals from California’s Clarksburg region. Full of ripe cherry and vanilla, it’s medium-bodied with baking spices emerging towards the finish. It’s well-rounded and improves with time in the glass, both of which are a bit surprising. B+ / $32 per four-pack
2021 Sovi Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Rose – Highly medicinal with an off-note of heavy minerality on the nose, the palate fares much better with very sweet notes of strawberry, apricot, and freshly cut grass. The finish follows suit with both the palate and nose, but is quite dry. Altogether this one could stand for a bit of recalibrating. C+ / $28 per four-pack