Chateau del ISH
I’ve tasted a number of ISH drinks before (mostly their premixed alcohol-free cocktails) so it was with interest that I came across Chateau del ISH – their alcohol-free sparkling white wine.
Now I’ve not had an alcohol-free sparkling wine before but I have had many AF wines (and most of the time they are #DFTS – destined for the sink) so my expectations were mixed given I previously enjoyed ISH’s other drinks.
Similar to other alcohol-free wine producers, ISH, creates its wine using traditional techniques and then removes the alcohol (this is 0.0 ABV). Once the grapes have been picked and pressed, a yeast culture is added and fermentation occurs after which time the mix is gently dealcoholized. ISH uses a fruitful combination of Silvaner (full-bodied and earthy flavours) and Pinot Blanc (for a medium/full-bodied style of wine) grapes to achieve sweetness with an acidic sidenote.
So, after popping the cork and pouring it into a glass the question is was this award-winning AF wine drinkable or another terrible misadventure? Well, you’ll just need to read my review below to find out.
Is Chateau del ISH wine any good?
Drum roll please ladies and gentlemen … I have finally found a decent non-alcoholic wine to drink! Hoorah!! When I first took a sip of Chateau del ISH I thought I was drinking subtle, light champagne. You certainly get fruity notes of apples and pears with an underlying citrus acidity making for a very refreshing mix. The carbonation is great and you can feel the tight bubbles fizz on your tongue. Ok, it isn’t perfect, it is a bit too sweet for my liking (reminiscent of an apple-tizer) but it is the first glass of alcohol-free wine I’ve actually enjoyed.
Aroma & Appearance
Once popped the aroma is fruity and sweet and pours with a nice fizz into the glass. As you can see from the image it has a light and refreshing look to it (I added an ice cube to make sure the wine was super chilled).
Chateau del ISH should appeal to most alcohol-free drinkers as it has zero alcohol, is gluten-free and is vegan friendly but sugars are a little high. The one issue with this alcohol-free wine is getting access to it, given it’s from Copenhagen only a couple of retailers have it in stock.
“Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.”
-Seneca, AD 50 BC