If you want to enjoy the taste of wine without worrying about the unavoidable hangover, this new Israeli product might be for you. O.Vine, a new beverage that looks and tastes like wine, but doesn’t contain any alcohol, was just unveiled at the Fancy Food Show in New York last week. This “wine water” is actually made by infusing water with grape skins and seeds that are left over after the winemaking process and that would otherwise go to waste.
The result of this process is a beverage that tastes like wine, has all the benefits of wine’s natural antioxidant features, but none of the alcohol content. Perhaps most important for health-conscious drinkers, it’s also incredibly low in calories, and doesn’t have any preservatives. It comes in both carbonated and non-carbonated versions.
O.Vine is expected to make its way to US stores soon, where its popularity will be tested — we all know how seriously wine purists take their drink of choice. The success of “wine water” likely depends on the willingness of wine-lovers to forego not only the hangover, but also the buzz.