{wine} Brunch with Robertson Winery’s non-alcoholic bubbles

With most of the end-of-year celebrations behind us, it’s time to celebrate the remainders of summer responsibly, with compliments of Robertson Winery‘s Dry Non-Aloholic Sparkling White.

Introduction

We are all guilty of continuously overindulging over the festive season. We forget about all our good intentions and healthy fitness regimes when there’s just a whiff of holidays in the air. We laugh and eat and drink and are merry, and when we finally return to our realities, it’s marked with feelings of sluggishness and remorse, whatever your indulgence might be.  But then, even before you can say “detox,” another celebration is on our doorstep and your #FOMO simply won’t allow you to miss out on a chance to clink a glass.

With Robertson Winery‘s Dry Non-Alcoholic Sparkling White, you can clink as many glasses as you want, whilst enjoying the celebrations the healthy, responsible way. Without a side serving of guilt and remorse, of course!

Background

With the trend towards a healthier lifestyle and the stricter enforcement of drinking and driving laws, a new era of moderation is upon us. Enter the ‘mindful drinking’ movement started by millennials, the global trend of choosing alcohol-free or low-alcohol drinks for health and social reasons. Alcohol brands are avidly embracing this new breed of consumer who drinks less. In fact, the alcohol-free drinks category is currently the fastest growing beverage sector in South Africa.

Robertson Winery, true to its reputation for pioneering, innovation and forward thinking, launched their first two non-alcoholic sparkling wines, both sweet, back in 2012, bringing bubbly drinking rituals to non-alcohol markets. They have now extended this popular range to include a DRY non-alcoholic sparkling wine for summer, to open up the brand to a new audience looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic bubbly without excessive sweetness (press release).

Click here to read my review on their utterly romantic Sparkling Brut Rosé Wine!

Robertson Winery‘s Dry Non-Alcoholic Sparkling White

One of my most sacred small-moment celebrations is a slow Saturday morning brunch at home. As we all know, I love cooking, and preparing a hearty breakfast is one of my favourite things to do.

I recently fell in love with a breakfast dish The Tall Hedonist had at Haute Cabrière‘s new tasting room (you can read about our visit here).

It was a feast of warm and crispy ciabatta bread, slices of steak, tomato relish, mushrooms and perfectly poached eggs. For my own interpretation, I used left-over corn and beer bread from the braai the night before, as well as left-over ostrich sausage instead of the strips of steak.

Mr. Tall Hedonist Senior has been growing the most lush tomatoes in his backyard, which formed the sweetest base for my tomato relish, decadently infused with lashings of balsamic syrup and fresh herbs. Two sunny eggs, a punnet of buttery, garlicky-fried mushrooms and my heart was singing with joy.

We completed our brunch table with a bottle of Robertson Winery Dry Non-Alcoholic Sparkling White and a pitcher of fresh orange juice. There’s simply nothing as indulgent as a Saturday morning mimosa.

Tasting notes:  Gorgeous notes of pear and mandarin come to the fore accompanied by hints of orange blossom and honeysuckle.
In the vineyard: Grapes grown in Robertson Winery’s lime-rich soil produce elegant sparkling wines with finesse.
Cellar door price: Robertson Winery’s Range of Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Wines includes a Sweet Sparkling White, a Sweet Sparkling Pink and the new Dry Sparkling White. All three are widely available nationally and retail between R50 and R55 per bottle.

The alcohol in this wine has been carefully removed to preserve the fruity aromas and vibrant flavours. Refreshing and charmingly drinkable, serve well-chilled to keep the bubbles and flavours at their peak.

The Little Hedonist’s food pairing suggestion: Other than my Saturday brunch feast, this vibrant bottle of sparkles is a food friend. From breakfast to lunch to dinner, to cocktails and sundowners, this little number is ready to join you in every celebration. 

As it’s alcoholic sibling, this dry sparkling white loves a bit of creamy sinfulness. Think butter sauces, soft, creamy cheeses, rich cured meats or grilled seafood. A stunning non-alcoholic option that works just as well with egg dishes, bright vegetables or fruit-based pastries or desserts.

Click here to read my review on their utterly romantic Sparkling Brut Rosé Wine!

In conclusion

Even for The Little Hedonist, it’s all about finding a balance. By all means, please indulge in and enjoy the bountiful pantry of life  – that of which I’m a true ambassador of. But, we need to do it responsibly and consciously, and in a way that doesn’t cause harm to ourselves.

What about introducing a couple of drink-free days to your week, or substitute your regular after-work tipple with this non-alcoholic version. With the beautiful lines and features of a regular sparkling wine, you don’t have to feel like the odd one out. In fact, you might just be the envy of the evening…

Thank you, Robertson Winery, for taking the lead in this great initiative, with the release of your range of non-alcoholic sparkling wines. Everyone should be celebrated, along with their personal choices!

#RWdrynonalcoholic; #moretoshare

Second photographer: The Tall Hedonist, aka Timothy P. Gibson

Disclaimer: I was given this product(s) as part of a press drop in exchange for my honest and truthful opinion and review thereof. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are solely those of The Little Hedonist, given in good faith and in no way influenced by the company or its affiliates. All images, unless otherwise stated / credited, are also my own.

The Little Hedonist endorses responsible drinking.
Don’t drink and drive. Not for persons under 18.

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