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Drink Wine Safely This Christmas

Drink Wine Safely This Christmas

The indulgence of non alcoholic wines

Titirangi Auckland, 16 November 2005. Pregnancy used to mean nine months without so much as a glass of Chardonnay or Cab Sav. That's so last year's vintage! Now there's a range of non alcoholic (dealcoholised) wines from Clarety NZ that offers a safe alternative for pregnant women. The ill-effects of drinking alcohol while pregnant are well documented and many New Zealand women wisely choose to abstain. With the introduction of the Ariel range from Clarety NZ there is now a safe and satisfying alternative to sweet grape juice for mothers to be.

Grown in the Napa Valley, California, using only the best grape varieties, these quality wines reflect 25 years wine making experience. The grapes are harvested, fermented, aged and fined in the same way as classic vintages but at the final stage the wines pass through a patented process, removing the alcohol, leaving you with a premium, full-bodied wine.

Varietals within the Ariel range include: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, White Zinfandel, Sparkling Brut Cuvee, Rouge and Blanc.

"It is wonderful to have such a classic non alcoholic alternative but still engage in the wine drinking experience, something I have been very thankful for," says co-owner of Clarety NZ and expectant mum, Catherine van Kuyk. "These wines are magic and have really satisfied my wine cravings while I have been pregnant".

Because Ariel wines have had their alcohol removed, they can also be safely consumed by non drinkers, people on medication, the elderly, sober drivers, the health conscious, and those with religious convictions.

About the dealcoholisation process:
The alcohol is removed from the wines using a patented process of cold filtration which employs 'Reverse Osmosis' to separate the alcohol and water from the wine flavour solids, then once complete, filtered water is reintroduced. "Think desalination", says Mrs van Kuyk, "the same process that removes salt from water, but in reverse".

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