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Not doing dry January but still want a lighter wine? Try these

For a healthier swap, switch to crisp and fresh, lower-alcohol wines

I love some of the new non-alcoholic drinks on the shelves, especially the distillates like Seedlip and Rocktails, but de-alcoholised wine still sounds and tastes all wrong to me.

It’s counterintuitive; why buy a bottle of wine – fermented grape juice – with the alcohol (which bestows such wonderful flavours and aromas as well as the feel-good factor) extracted?

Why not just buy refreshing elderflower pressé or local apple juice (or, indeed, grape juice)? They’re far cheaper.

I say this after sampling the new Aldi Featherweight wines (£2.99, 5.5 per cent) and Tesco’s recently launched Low-Alcohol wine range (£3, 0.5 per cent). They’re not horrid, but all suffer from being too sweet and seem a little peculiar in texture, like a syrupy, squashy version of wine.

The Torres Natureo trio of Spanish low-alcohol wines (£5.99, 0.5 per cent, Waitrose) are much better and I quite like the off-dry German...

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