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The best low alcohol wines to try this summer

BY Rachel Walker

1st Jan 2015 Drinks

The best low alcohol wines to try this summer

After a few glasses on a hot summer's day, the small difference between 12 percent and 14 percent can have a big impact how you're going to feel the next morning. These low-alcohol wines have more of the taste and less of the bad stuff. 

The Society's Vinho Verde

11.5%, The Wine Society, £5.95

The society's vinho verde

My pick of the bunch—and it’s nothing to do with the price.

This wine is crisp and clean with a flinty minerality and gentle effervescence which makes each glass feel like an occasion.


Asti Spurmante

7.5%, Marks & Spencer, £9

Asti Spurmante

Those partial to super-dry fizz may find this unnervingly sweet – but it’s not remotely cloying.

Sherberty, aromatic, very drinkable and a great start to a summer’s evening.


Chapel Down Bacchus

11%, Waitrose, £12.99

Chapel Down Bacchus

It’s been billed as ‘England’s answer to Sauvignon Blanc’, and is proof that wines north of The Channel shouldn’t be sniffed at.

Crisp, dry and great with food.


Dr L Riesling

8.5%, Asda, £7

Dr L Riesling

Serve a chilled glass of this to anyone generalising about super-sweet Reislings. Its elegance and apple crispness might just convert them.

A perfect match for spicy food. 


Cuvée des Vignerons, Beaujolais

12%, Waitrose, £6.99

cuvee des vignerons

Gently chill for summertime drinking.

This light red which is the antithesis of those which turn your mouth purple and make your head pound.


Cantina Cleto Chiarli, Vecchia Modena Lambrusco di Sorbara

11%, greatwesternwine.co.uk, £13.95


Proof that Lambrusco has changed since the sweetened plonk which gave it a bad name 30 years ago.

It’s hot pink, with rose and wild strawberry notes—hard not to be charmed.


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