Delish UK Editor and self-confessed fizz fan Victoria Chandler shares her sparkling review of Wild Idol, comparing it to a cold, crisp glass of champagne with just as much enjoyment and no compromise on taste.
I am a big sparkling wine fine. Champagne, crémant, cap Classique, cava, you name it, and I love to sip it. And as a hardcore fizz fan, I really struggle to find a non-alcoholic alternative I can really get behind. Whether it’s too sweet, not carbonated enough, or cloying around my mouth – many non-alcoholic alternatives never quite inspire me.
Don’t get me wrong, I think there are some excellent non-alcoholic and dealcoholised alternatives out there, but I’ve been after an alternative that gets me just as excited as crisp, cold glass of Champagne. I want something that I can dip in and out of that doesn’t make me feel like I’m compromising on the taste and enjoyment I get out of the alcoholic version.
Enter, Wild Idol.
And readers, I was so glad I did. Featuring Müller-Thurgau, Dornfelder and Merlot grape varietals, the result is clean, fruity (but not overly so) and on the right side of effervescent. Hints of grapefruit zest and green apple hit the nose, finishing with the bright, fresh taste of strawberry sorbet and rhubarb. I was sold.
And in case I got swept up in the romantic situation of a lake-side sipping session, I tried Wild Idol once again, this time at home in front of an episode of White Lotus, and it tasted JUST as good.
It’s no surprise Wild Idol has been made (and marketed) so well. The man behind the brand is Paul Beavis, who was formerly MD of Champagne Lanson for 20 years. His expertise has ensured that not only does the juice in the bottle taste good but positioning Wild Idol as a premium drink as opposed to a cheap, last-minute-thought alternative.
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