Plus and Minus Pinot Grigio 2019: Review
Let’s face it, the bar for non-alcoholic wine is very low and with most not managing to make it. So, it is good to write one that does, namely Plus and Minus Pinot Grigio 2019. About a week ago I reviewed their blanc de blancs sparkling wine. This remains to me the best non-alcoholic wine I’ve had. Indeed, it is an acceptable wine that will make wine drinkers think they are tasting a wine. This is no small achievement since over the years most non-alcoholic wines have either not been a wine at all and have simply appropriated “wine” into their name and used a wine bottle as a container; or have been a terrible drink often due to having large amounts of a distinct wet cardboard flavour.
As an example of how bad it can be, a red de-alcoholised wine I had yesterday that I’ll keep nameless was so bad I couldn’t face more than one sip. So, it is Plus and Minus blanc de blancs that’s the first non-alcohol wine I’ve had that lacks that wet cardboard flavour and is certainly a wine.
As a result I was eager to taste of their good start I gave Plus and Minus’ pinot grigio a go. And yes, it is a wine, and yes, it does have a bit a wet cardboard to it, but only a bit so it is not jarring. I was able to happily drink a half bottle of it both with food and quaffing later on because the acidity is balanced and with flavours veering more towards apples and pears. It’s the best non-sparking non-alcoholic dry wine I’ve had. Other decent wines have had more sugar making them off-dry.
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Plus and Minus Blanc de Blancs (no alcohol)
McGuigan Zero Chardonnay (off dry, no alcohol)
Pizzini Verduzzo (with alcohol)
Food Matching | Food Pairing
This is a food wine; best with light dishes such as salads, seafood and white fish. For cheese try a soft white cow’s milk cheese like Chamela or Boatshed Tempest, or see my cheese and wine pairing guide for more options.
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