By Alan Markoff, Camana Bay
In a knee-jerk reaction to over-indulging during the holidays, some people decide to abstain from alcohol for a period of time in the New Year. However, for many wine lovers, a dinner without wine is like a day without sunshine: dark, dreary and depressing.
There is a compromise: diet wine.
Diet wines are those that are lower in alcohol levels and not sweet. Generally, the higher the alcohol level in a wine, the higher the number of calories it contains. However, sweet wines can also contain a lot of calories.
A good diet wine choice is the delicious Nik Weis Urban Riesling from the famous Mosel region of Germany. It's only 10 per cent alcohol by volume and exhibits crisp acidity and flavours of sweet and tart fruits like green apples, pineapple and sweet lemon to go with aromas of peaches, honeysuckle and citrus fruits.
The sweetness will satisfy the cravings for candies and desserts, like the ones you delighted in last month, but that your current fad diet tells you not to eat this month. In addition, Riesling is always a good choice for pairing with the kinds of lighter foods usually prescribed by diets, and with spicy foods.
Priced under CI$20 at West Indies Wine Company and Blackbeard's, Nik Weis Urban Riesling is also light on the wallet, thus ideal for those who over-indulged in their spending for the holidays.
Why abstain when you can instead constrain?
This article appears in the January 2020 edition of Camana Bay Times.