Pizza Express and their low alcohol wines

Low alcohol wine. In the wine trade it’s a dirty little secret that wineries, esp but not limited to New World wineries, use de-alcoholizing machines to reduce alcohol in their wines but is there another way to make wine that is low in alcohol yet still has flavour and body? Pizza Express has thrown down the gauntlet and is producing a low alcohol and low calorie wine the natural way. Not only are they promising low alcohol wines but they are also promising low calorie wines with both the red and white wines topping out at around 87 calories per glass with an ABV of 9% for white and 9.5% for red. Pizza Express has been working with Adrian Garforth MW for the past six years to develop their wine list and recently he was charged with producing the low alcohol wines. I asked Adrian how they were going to do that. He explained that they were hoping to achieve low alcohol wines by judicious vineyard management, choosing the best locations, canopy management and grape picking at the optimal time. The vineyards for the white wines are located near Lake Garda which he feels is the best location for their low calorie, low alcohol wines. So how did it taste? Well, as Adrian explained, they are going for wines that are uncomplicated and easy drinking. They have succeeded on that point. The Leggera pinot blanc was the first one tasted. Faint green apples on the nose and palate. Not a whole lot going on, not thin but not round either. I suppose if you want a glass in your hand while you’re eating and socializing, this white fills the bill. The Leggera red was a bit more exciting. A blend of sangiovese and 4% merlot from Sicily, the grapes were harvested early, the first week of  September. Adrian said that they first tried to make a 100% sangiovese but it didn’t have that certain juicyness that they were aiming for. Taking the wine samples back to England,...

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