New "Light" Wine From Languedoc

A new Languedoc low sugar and low alcohol, rose and white wine have just been given the go ahead from French health authorities to be commercialized. It was developed by growing grapes with less sugar and by reducing the alcohol content with a new distillation process.

Claude Vialade, the wine grower behind the initiative, is marketing the wine with the label "So' Light" because it has only 9 percent alcohol while most wines contain around 13 percent. The wine also has thirty percent less sugar than traditional wines. It is about 2/10 of a percent residual sugar - whereas a large proportion of wine is about 6/10 of a percent (2 g/l vs. 6 g/l) of sugar.

According to Vialade, who owns "Les Domaines Auriol" near the southern French town of Narbonne, the wine is targeted at consumers who are concerned about living healthy and staying in shape while not being deprived of a little alcohol.

Claude Robbins' thoughts: we have seen low-calorie wine in the past, so this is not a new idea. Wine (except the neutral grape spirits in fortified wines) is not distilled, so it is not clear exactly what they are doing, possibly they mean a "new" fermentation process.

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