Cathal McBride: Finding the sweet spot in the balance between sugar and alcohol

There’s been great improvements made in the production of low alcohol wines as people look to reduce their intake yet challenges remain as they retain a high sugar content

Low-alcohol or non-alcoholic wines are generally high in sugar in order to maintain a sense of body

Dry January or not, there is certainly a growing demand for low-alcohol and non-alcoholic wines as many people look to reduce their intake. Great inroads have been made in improving the content of this particular market, yet the fact remains that these wines retain a very high sugar content to maintain a sense of body and mouthfeel.

Sugar or alcohol, no treat comes without a payoff. But while abstinence is the only option that will ...