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Top Tips For Staying Dry Our Best Tips For Going Alcohol Free during Sober Months

If you’re thinking of going dry for a Sober Month, such as Dry July, Dry January or Sober October, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got a comprehensive list of our Top Tips For Going Alcohol-Free, as well as some brilliant alcohol-free alternatives we think you’ll love!


Whether you’re aiming to prioritise your health and well-being, reset your habits, fundraise for a great cause, or just like a challenge, we’ll be here cheering you on in your Sober Month goals. Here are our Top Tips For Cutting Back On Alcohol.

 

Spread The Word

Raise your glass—of Giesen 0%, of course—and let your friends, family, and colleagues know you’re participating in a Sober Month. By sharing your commitment, you’re less likely to be tempted as it’s a good way of holding yourself accountable. And with any luck, you could find a support network of people who are already participating, or inspire others to join in.

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Friends Don’t Let Friends *Not* Drink Alone

They say a problem shared is a problem halved! If our first tip means you’ve managed to find yourself a posse, so much the better. Encourage your friends or coworkers to jump on board with you, or you could even lay it down as a challenge. After all, the more, the merrier!

 

Challenge Accepted

There’s nothing like a bit of friendly competition to help keep you motivated! Bet a friend that you can go for longer than they can, or add an extra element to the challenge. Get creative with getting people involved – if you’re collecting money for a charity, ask your friends if they’re game to donate a dollar every time they forget/offer you a drink!

Be Prepared

Get ready for social gatherings by keeping a stash of your own non-alcoholic bevvies. Whether it’s a house party, dinner at a friend’s place, or a picnic in the park, having your favourite alcohol-free options on hand ensures you won’t feel left out. Plus, taste-testing a few alternative drink options ahead of time means you’ll know what you want to order if you do find yourself at a bar or restaurant – no need to panic and default back to a glass of wine.

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Shake Up Your Routine

If you usually head home from work and grab a glass of your favourite tipple to unwind, this is a great time to re-think old habits. Try switching up your routine so that you don’t notice the change; consider rescheduling your morning gym session for the evening, or going for a refreshing post-work stroll. It’s a great way to re-energise your body and is pretty good for the brain too!

The Ol’ Switcheroo

Rather than meeting at a bar or pub, why not suggest alternative activities for catch-ups with friends? Opt for movie nights, cooking dinner for someone at your place, or trying a new hobby together. Make your meeting point somewhere that alcohol isn’t the focus – you’ll be less likely to be tempted, and more able to bring your own alcohol-free option.

Treat Yourself

Make alcohol-free periods a time for personal growth and self-care. Treat yourself to something you’ve always wanted to try—a pottery class, cooking a new type of cuisine, yoga routine, or a new hobby that piques your interest. Embracing these new interests shifts the focus from going without alcohol to the joy of discovering hidden talents or new interests.

And most of all, if you’re going dry for a month, or cutting back your alcohol consumption, remember that you’re not alone. With these tips in your toolbox, there’s no need to feel caught off-guard when others are enjoying their tipples – you can breeze through the month with confidence and rise to the challenge. You’ve got this—cheers!

 

 

Plus, A Delicious Alcohol-Removed Wine… Or Six!

If you usually love a vino and you don’t want to miss out while cutting back your alcohol consumption, we’ve got you covered. Our delicious New Zealand range starts life as full-strength wine first, to make sure all the wonderful aromas and flavours are preserved before they’re dealcoholised. Discover our alcohol-free New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Merlot and how they’re made, right here.

We truly believe in offering a wine for every occasion and with an increasing number of people looking for more choice in how they consume alcohol, who better to offer a 0% choice than longstanding award winning winemakers with the expertise to create an exceptional alcohol-removed wine?!

GIESEN ALCOHOL-FREE* MERLOT: NEW ZEALAND’S FIRST 0%* RED WINE

Gold Medal winner at the 2022 International Wine and Spirit Competition with an incredible 95 point score! Made from Giesen premium full-strength wine, our 0% Merlot retains all the varietal characteristics you know and love, with the alcohol gently removed. Delicate aromas of crushed blackberry and wild herbs, with fresh red berries and plum offset by toasted oak on the palate, combine to give a light and refreshing wine with classic structure and fine tannin on the finish.

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NZ’S NO.1 RIESLING IS NOW AVAILABLE IN 0% ALCOHOL-FREE* RIESLING

The first 0% New Zealand Riesling, this wine is made from our premium Giesen Estate Riesling and keeps all the qualities and flavours that have ranked our full-strength Riesling no. 1 in New Zealand for over 5 years. Aromatically expressive, it features notes of zingy lime, ripe mandarin, and a touch of elderflower aroma, all balanced by a crisp finish. And with the alcohol removed, it has only 22 calories per 100ml serve. Awarded 85 points and a Bronze Medal at the 2022 International Wine and Spirit Competition.

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CRISP AND REFRESHING: ALCOHOL-FREE* PINOT GRIS

This alcohol-removed Pinot Gris features delicate floral notes with white flowers, lychee, and red apple on the nose. The palate offers traditional Pinot Gris characters of apple and pear with just a touch of muscat grape. Light, delicious, and balanced between acidity and sweetness.

This wine was launched exclusively on our online store in New Zealand and sold out within a week!

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A NEW ZEALAND ROSÉ WITH THE ALCOHOL-REMOVED

Boasting delicious stone fruit aromas of white peach, apple, and fresh strawberries, this Rosé lingers on the palate alongside crisp cranberry flavours and a lively, refreshingly dry texture. A fresh addition to any dinner table or social gathering when you want to avoid the after effects. Awarded 91 points and a Silver Medal at the 2022 International Wine and Spirit Competition.

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OUR BEST-SELLING ALCOHOL-FREE* SAUVIGNON BLANC!

Experience delicate aromas of fresh lime, redcurrant, and lemon shortbread, delicious citrus flavours followed by distinct blackcurrant and passionfruit notes, and a crisp, dry finish.

After sell-out launches in both Australia and New Zealand, this 0% Sauvignon Blanc is available again with a new and improved blend and fresh packaging across New Zealand, Australia and the USA.

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HOW DO WE MAKE ALCOHOL-REMOVED WINE?

The process begins with our premium full-strength wines. We don’t cut any corners here – our expert winemaking team use the same quality wine that makes up our full-strength Giesen Estate wines.

We use innovative spinning cone technology to distil that full strength wine into three parts – the aroma, alcohol, and body. We take the aroma and body of the wine, leaving out the alcohol, and add a touch of premium grape juice to balance the flavours.

Our process is a bit different to other options on the market that can use more aggressive reverse osmosis methods or don’t involve making a wine at all. But taking those extra steps is important to us as it means we can create a final blend that is as much like a real wine as possible. We use our own spinning cone distillation on-site to do this – the first New Zealand winery to invest in this type of technology.

Here’s what our Chief Winemaker, Duncan Shouler, has to say about why that’s important:

“One key thing with 0% alcohol wines is that they are fresh! They’ve got to be made fresh, blended fresh and bottled fresh. Having our own spinning cone means we bottle wines within just a few days of being distilled, allowing us to capture the true aroma and produce more varietally expressive wines.”

 

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WHERE CAN I GET GIESEN NON-ALCOHOLIC WINES?

Our best alcohol-free New Zealand wines are growing and so are the number of retailers stocking the best non-alcoholic wines from New Zealand. Here’s a list of where to find our wines if you’re going alcohol-free or reducing your alcohol intake.

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SAUVIGNON BLANC PINOT GRIS RIESLING ROSÉ MERLOT

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*Our alcohol-removed wines contain not more than 0.5% alcohol by volume. This is about the same as what naturally occurs in fruit juice! This is the standard that no alcohol wines must meet to be considered non-alcoholic under New Zealand and Australian law, but because this is still a wine, we don’t recommend it for anyone under the legal drinking age. Thanks for your understanding!

 

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