What the T Magazine Editors Are Eyeing This Holiday Season
New York Times, USA - Credit, Lindsey Tramuta
Welcome to the T List, a newsletter from the editors of T Magazine. For this week and the next, we’ve turned it into a holiday gift guide, with recommendations from T staffers on what we want for ourselves this season, as well as the gifts we’re thinking of giving our friends and loved ones.
Alcohol-Free Wines With Flavor
A top-shelf wine is always an appreciated offering at a seasonal fete. For teetotaling and sober-curious guests, the options are increasingly more compelling as the zero-proof movement looks beyond beer and spirits. Among the nonalcoholic wines worth a spot at the table,French Bloomis the latest to hit the U.S. market. Launched in France last fall by friends Maggie Frerejean-Taittinger and the model Constance Jablonski, the alcohol-free organic sparkling wine has earned particular attention for the nose on their sparkling white and rosé — notoriously difficult to achieve without synthetic aromas. After 70 different trials, the women landed on bubbly alternatives with balanced acidity and impressive freshness, made from de-alcoholized organic French chardonnay and pinot noir, organic grape juice, Gensac spring water and natural flavors (no sugar or sulfites). For newcomers in still wines, there’s theHand on Heartde-alcoholized range from the Californian winery Miller Family Wines, which launched earlier this year with a rosé, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. Unlike most free-of wines, the foundational sweetness of these expressive alternatives stems from the grapes, not added sugar. Finally, for a more established, best-in-class option, considerLeitz’s Eins Zwei Zero. The German winery’s crisp and fruity alcohol-free riesling first launched in 2007 but remains a favorite for its flavor and structure that comes wildly close to resembling its alcoholic big brother.