Sunny with a Chance of Flowers brings high-quality, low-alcohol wines to the fore
Dry January is far in our rear view mirror, but a less alcoholic lifestyle is still sought after by drinkers across the country. Sunny with a chance of flowersa low-alcohol, no-residual-sugar, low-calorie wine produced in Monterey, California by Scheid Family Wines hits the mark as an alternative for those seeking a healthier lifestyle but still want a wine complex and delicious.
In 1972, Scheid Family Wines was established in Monterey County by family patriarch Al Scheid. With hopes of establishing a thriving wine industry in this lesser-known California county (compared to Napa and Sonoma), Al was a pioneer who realized the potential of this region with its wide range of climates, long growing season and the opportunity for a varied range of varieties with full taste potential. Fifty years later, his daughter, Heidi, helps run the family business as Executive Vice President of Scheid Family Wines and Chief Sunny Officer of Sunny with a chance of flowers.
Having grown up around wine, Scheid knows that it is an integral part of people’s lives in many ways. We drink it to celebrate, congratulate, or simply to feast and marry with food. But with so many wines on the market, it can be hard to stand out. Sunny with a chance of flowers launched a high-quality, low-alcohol wine for wellness-conscious drinkers to have a viable low-calorie option with the same body and complexity as its high-calorie counterparts. While most low-alcohol or no-alcohol options tend to leave consumers craving more flavor, Sunny with a chance of flowers struck gold with five different well-balanced, sugar-free, low-calorie (only 85 calories per 5-ounce glass) and low-alcohol wines.
You may be suspicious (I know I was…), but Scheid and his team have created a great healthy alternative that stands out for one overriding reason: the fruit. After all, good wine comes from good fruit. Winemakers around the world know that there are many ways to affect the outcome of a wine once the grapes are picked: barrel aging, adding staves, stopping fermentation to increase sugar, stabilizing in the cold, etc However, if the fruit is bad, the wine can only be so good. Sunny with a chance of flowers starts with incredible fruit from Monterey County, an area of California known for its cooler microclimates, which allows fruit to develop and grow on the vine for a longer period of time, resulting in complex, flavorful and delicious wines .
To make these well-structured wines at 9% alcohol, Sunny with a chance of flowers goes through vinification stages very similar to those of the other wines of the Scheid family. Sunny grapes are harvested at the same time and fermented until completely dry, producing a wine blend in the making. Here, however, things get even more interesting.
Once their base wine is made, the Sunny team then slowly begins to reduce the alcohol through a process known as reverse osmosis. Essentially, because alcohol is less dense than water, it can be extracted from a wine leaving all of the flavor elements (tannin, acid, flavor) in the wine itself. What does it mean? The wines you get from Sunny with a chance of flowers are balanced, full of flavor, varietal correct (Pinot Noir will taste more Burgundian than Russian River Valley, but no complaints here), and only 9% ABV.
In addition to producing incredible fruit, the Sunny with a chance of flowers The team also ensures that the pitch is treated with the utmost respect. The vineyards are certified sustainable and this care continues in the bottle. In addition to producing low-alcohol, sugar-free, and low-calorie wines, they are also vegan and gluten-free.
Having started with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Sunny with a chance of flowers recently added two additional offerings: Rosé and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each bottle contains 9% alcohol and contains only 85 calories per 5 ounces. The wines are just as delicious as others you might expect from the region and offer more interesting wine options for dinner on weekdays, when you might otherwise opt for lemon water or seltzer water . Being outside the “normal” wine standards, Sunny wines also allow more interesting cocktail formulas. In partnership with Q-mixersthe two brands complement each other with various spritz options. Pinot Noir makes a great base for a spritz (just add Q Mixers club soda), while Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect substitute for a low-alcohol Mule substitute when mixed with beer. with ginger.
This summer, we hope to come together more and celebrate any events that may have been put on hold for the past two years. It also means more toasts and cheers. Sunny with a chance of flowers gives you the ability to soak in with less fear of the calorie consequences and enjoy those celebrations even more. You can find the whole range on www.sunnywines.com, as well as Whole Foods, Target, Kroger and many other retail stores nationwide.
This article is sponsored by Sunny with a chance of flowers.