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Spain Introduces the World to Light Wine

While many winemakers are worried about the increasing levels of alcohol in wine, one winery, The Bodega Casa de la Ermita, is actually doing something to stop it. The Spanish winery has just released the world's first ever "light wine." In this case, light means less alcohol — just six and a half percent — and lower alcohol levels means fewer calories.

The red wine will hit Spanish markets in April and is set to debut soon after in the rest of Europe. An article in the Daily Mail explains how the lower alcohol content is obtained:

The vineyard achieves the low alcohol content by reducing the amount of water the vines are given, which lowers the amount of sugar produced by the grapes. During the fermentation process, the temperature is raised and lowered rapidly by up to 15C, which makes the yeast less efficient and ensures that some of the sugar fails to turn into alcohol.

I love the idea of a light wine and hope to taste it on my next visit to Spain. Until then, I'll just have to wonder if the flavor is compromised.

What do you guys think? Are you interested in drinking light wine?

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ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
hmm.. i'd give it a try.
purpleisafruit purpleisafruit 9 years
I don't think that's the world's first light wine - Australian wineries have been doing this for a little while.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Yes! I generally like the taste of wine, but I'm not fond of the alcohol part - I don't like being drunk! And the bonus of fewer calories is a nice touch!
Naturalla Naturalla 9 years
I would definetly try it. Im not picky--I drink 2 buck chuck!
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
I hate wine!
emalove emalove 9 years
Hmmm...I'd give it a try.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
Sure, I'd try it. However, if you want a buzz, and you're drinking light wine, you're going to probably drink more, right? So the calories would add up anyway.
UTnikki81 UTnikki81 9 years
I had some light wine with a friend at a party. We're both trying to cut back on the calories but love wine. I couldn't even drink this. I don't think I'm horribly snobby about wine and it could have been this particular vineyard, but it tasted terrible. I'd rather give up sweets at a party and have a nice glass of regular wine.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
i bet its taste less. like a dirty water.
pixigirl31 pixigirl31 9 years
hahaha exactly. drinking "light" beer or wine doesn't make any sense, because you just have to drink more to get a buzz!! if you want to be healthy while drinking, just don't put any additives like cola or high calorie mixes
maedchen1982 maedchen1982 9 years
fewer calories=good less alcohol=bad
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