De-alcoholised wines can be medal winners

Louise Hurren judging low alcohol wine in Brno

In response to consumer demand, an international wine competition has introduced a new category for no- and low-alcohol wines. Louise Hurren (pictured) judged, and was pleasantly surprised.

Eunuchs, castrati and de-alcoholised wine. Unlikely bedfellows, perhaps, but you get the gist.

French wine blogger Jacques Berthomeau came up with this unflattering line back in 2008 when writing about de-alcoholised wines. Languedoc lower-alcohol wine pioneer Vincent Pugibet (creator of the Plume range of 9% red, white and rosé lightweights) was mentioned in the post, and it's fair to say Pugibet was less than pleased to be included (he winced visibly when...