Like many young people who have been sheltering in place for the past two years due to the ongoing pandemic, I've been trying to cut down on my drinking. However, quitting cold turkey isn't appealing to me - I still like to enjoy the occasional cocktail when I'm with my friends, and swapping spirits for seltzer when I'm home alone feels like I'm drinking sugar without purpose. And when I spend hours making a complicated recipe for my boyfriend and me to enjoy, I like to pop open a bottle of wine to pair with it. But lately the hangovers, however slight, have left me in search of something that gives me the feeling and ritual of enjoying a nice Pinot Noir without the headache.
So when Acid League sent me its Proxies Tasting Set ($73 for four bottles, originally $86) to try, I almost immediately popped one open to test them out. Acid League's "wines" are actually a blend of juices, teas, spices, and bitters that combine to create an alcohol-free drink, and its tasting set comes with two bottles of white, a rosé, and a red. The bottles themselves also include a note that details the flavor's core components and what it pairs well with. Keep scrolling through to see what I thought of each bottle.