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Alternatives to Sparkling Wine

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An image of GT's Organic Raw Botanic No. 3 Kombucha in the bottle.

This floral, berry-sweetened kombucha is sparkling, extremely low in alcohol and suitable for pairing with foods.

Marko Goodwin
Finding suitable alternatives to wine can be tricky, especially when the occasion calls for champagne or sparkling wine. Whether you're throwing a baby shower, serving an under-21 crowd or having a festive dinner party sans champagne, you'll be glad to know that there are some elegant sparkling teas available that may meet your event's needs. Here are the top drinks to watch for:

Golden Star - Golden Star is a sparkling tea beverage made with quality tea and cane sugar. Its packaging resembles a wine bottle and it pairs well with a range of foods. (Note - Due to a natural fermentation process, it contains about 0.5% alcohol, which is completely safe for most people and quite small compared to a usual level of around 12% for wine, but which may be inappropriate for some consumers.)

Kombucha - Once a "fringe" drink, kombucha is rapidly reaching the mainstream in a variety of packaging styles and flavors. Local availability varies widely, but it's worth checking out your grocer's health food section, your local food co-op/health food store and your local farmers market to see what's available in your area. Kombucha is great before or after a meal, and flavors such as GT's Organic Raw Botanic No. 3 Kombucha are sophisticated enough to pair with meals or desserts. With some time and equipment, you can also make your own kombucha to suit your tastes and packaging/pairing needs. (Note - Due to a natural fermentation process, raw kombucha often contains about 0.5% alcohol. Pasteurized kombucha typically contains less alcohol than raw kombucha.)

Twelve Beverage - Twelve Beverage is a blend of white tea, black tea, green tea and nine other beverages (hence the name) that was created to pair with food. Like Golden Moon, its packaging resembles a wine bottle. Unlike kombucha and Golden Moon, it contains no alcohol.
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