What do you mean by ‘fermentation?’
Fermentation is a metabolic process that consumes sugar in the absence of oxygen; this produces organic acids, gases, or alcohol.
What is the ‘spinning cone’ process?
The spinning cone method uses a combination of centrifugal force and nitrogen gas to separate and preserve a wine’s distinct flavours and aromas, during dealcoholization.
It is the fastest and most effective way of extracting all the alcohol from wine:
- Finished wine is fed into the top of a spinning cone column.
- The rotating cone uses centrifugal force (force generated from the centre) to transform the wine into a thin film.
- Nitrogen gas is fed into the bottom of the column; and when it meets the film, it extracts the wine’s flavours and aromas, and protects them from oxidization.
- The remaining liquid is passed through the column again, this time at a higher temperature, to remove the alcohol.
- The flavours and fragrances are recombined with the dealcoholized wine and blended with unfermented grape juice (to replace lost volume).
There are many said health benefits associated with drinking wine. Do they still remain in non-alcoholic wine?
Consuming wine, (red wine in particular) is believed to have health benefits because of the polyphenols (micronutrients) it contains. Polyphenols are known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.
It is a common misconception that drinking red wine reduces blood pressure and the risk of these diseases. In fact, there are more health risks associated with consuming alcohol, than benefits.
This is because when the alcohol is present in wine, it cancels out the polyphenols and its blood pressure lowering effect. With this in mind, dealcoholized wine actually increases health benefits.
What are the health benefits of drinking dealcoholized wine?
Because of the active polyphenols active in non-alcoholic wine, consuming such drinks can reduce the risk of heart attacks by 14% and strokes, by 20%.
Non-alcoholic red wine is also a great source of resveratrol (a polyphenolic compound) that has been linked to cancer prevention, reduced risks of heart disease, increased ‘longevity’ and anti-ageing. It is in fact, a great drink to enjoy as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Many people enjoy wine mainly because of the alcohol and the effects it has; how do you think your products will appeal to them?
Whilst the effects of drinking alcohol may have its temporary perks, we believe that the ‘aftermath’ and health risks associated with it, cancel them all out.
People like to conform to society, to feel involved, included, and ‘a part of the crowd’; this is why the drinking culture has become so popular in western society.
By enjoying something other than a soft drink or juice, people can still feel a part of get-togethers and not compromise on their health, and religious/ethical beliefs. Our products offer luxury, flavour, and a high-end label, all without the hangover at the end- it’s the ideal alternative.
Can dealcoholized wine be used as an alternative for alcoholic wine, in cooking?
Absolutely, especially with our products as they taste so similar to the alcoholic blends.
Wine is usually added to stews, casseroles, and gravy, to give it a depth of flavour and richness, our non-alcoholic wines can achieve exactly this as well.
Other than Muslims and those who are simply looking to avoid a hangover, who else will your non-alcoholic wines appeal to?
There is a huge market for non-alcoholic wines, one that is immensely growing with time.
We live in an increasingly health conscious world these days, so non-alcoholic wines are an ideal solution for regular gym-goers, sports people, fitness fanatics, and anybody else who would like to get their health in-check.
Non-alcoholic wines are also an ideal alternative for expecting mothers, and women who are nursing. As well as drivers, people who are at the risk of high blood pressure, and those who’d like to control their weight (as non-alcoholic wine contains far less calories).
Where did the idea of producing high-end alcohol-free wine come from; what was your motivation?
The CEO and founder of Domaines Pierre Chavin (the label under which our wines are produced), Mathilde Boulachin had a double pregnancy a few years ago; this meant that she was unable to consume alcohol for almost twenty-four months.
As a wine drinker, Mathilde still wanted to enjoy the flavours and aromas of wine but found that her options were very limited in the non-alcoholic range, as many of the products lacked quality and depth of flavour. This is when she decided to create a brand that offered dealcoholized wine with a luxury feel; for women like her and other non-drinkers to enjoy.
How well have your non-alcoholic wines been received, worldwide?
Due to Mathilde Boulachin’s own experience, Pierre Chavin decided to start with the Scandinavian export market and this was very well received.
We are now exporting in 36 countries worldwide; Azanti is the parent company and French Superior Drinks is pushing this more into the United Kingdom, the Middle East, India, and Pakistan.
The response so far, has been phenomenal; as we have a strong, high-end brand behind us. We can only see this getting better.
Are your products vegan certified?
Not yet as it takes 2 years to get this certified. In the meantime, we have received our Attestation Vegan Certificate.