#2 consume more, pay less (the next morning)
From a five per cent ABV sweet Moscato d’Asti to a 15.5 per cent Aussie Shiraz, natural wine levels can vary significantly. In fact, it’s even common to see wines with an ABV of more than 16 per cent. These are called “sleep aids.” The problem with them, though, is the risk of overdose — then trying to be productive when (if) you wake up.
Lighter bodied wines with lower alcohol can be enjoyed in larger quantities than their counterparts without the debilitating after effects. In other words, you can have two glasses of German Riesling Kabinett (at eight per cent or less ABV) or just one glass of 14.5 per cent, palate tranquilizing California Chardonnay. The old adage that two is better than one certainly holds true in this case (I just have to convince Ma of this).
#3 your waistline will thank you
Here’s a simple equation: lower ABV wines = less calories = healthier lifestyle choice. Summer is around the corner … so are bathing suits. “Ma,” I would say, if I had even the slightest inclination she would listen, “if we are going to be frolicking on the beach together, light and fresh wines are the way to go. We can work on our tans while sipping a glass or two of vino (or vinho, as in light and spritzy, Vinho Verde), and still be functional human beings by the time dinner rolls around.” Well, at least I’m convinced!
With a growing trend toward low alcohol wines, dialing back is the new amping up. Perhaps my mother does know best; at least she got me thinking about the strength of the wine I drink, if not the quantity. So if I “go for low,” I can enjoy another drink without feeling cloudy the next morning. And I can’t wait to go to the beach in my new sundress (it finally fits). More importantly, I have a greater appreciation for balance, poise, and flavour harmony in my wines. So Ma, I raise my glass to you (don’t worry, it’s Moscato d’Asti) … Salut!
Be sure to chill the reds down a bit to enhance the refreshment factor.