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"Exploring N/A Wines: A Non-Alcoholic Alternative Worth Trying?"

Some of you may know this about me, while others might not have caught wind of it amidst my endeavors. I've never been one to flaunt every venture I've delved into, like the yogurt company I kickstarted back in 2018 or the tap wine bar I bravely opened amidst the chaos of COVID's shutdown (talk about timing, right?).


Yes, you heard it, a wine bar. Crafting its concept allowed me to delve deep into the world of wine—its structure, body, tannins—all while indulging in the belief that a glass a day might just be the secret ingredient, as found in the blue zones of Greece and Italy. You know, like the old adage, "a glass a day keeps the doctor away"... or was it an apple a day? Anyway, amidst the consistent demand for new cocktail menus and wine tastings, my health began to shift. Thus, the inspiration struck to create one of Wichita's first sober cocktail menu. Let me tell you, that menu turned out to be not only wildly successful but downright delicious. Now, swing by nearly any local stop, and you're bound to stumble upon a handful of sober options. Throughout my time there, I never got interested in non-alcoholic wines; they just didn't quite live up to the rest of the lineup.


 

Many individuals turn to alcoholic beverages for various reasons, often finding comfort or joy in the rituals associated with drinking. Whether it's raising a toast to celebrate achievements, milestones, or simply unwinding after a long day, alcohol can serve as a social lubricant, fostering connections and enhancing experiences. For some, it's about savoring the flavors and complexities of different beverages, exploring the nuances of wine. Others find solace in the familiar routine of winding down with a glass of their favorite drink, allowing them to transition from the hustle and bustle of daily life to a more relaxed state of mind.


 

In November 2022, as I made the bold decision to transition 86 Cold Press entirely online, offering local delivery, I also introduced a few new products along the way. Among these additions were non-alcoholic wines—a category that, to be frank, hasn't exactly skyrocketed in popularity, but nonetheless serves its purpose when called upon.


Embracing a lifestyle of moderation and mindfulness led me to appreciate the role of n/a wines in complementing moments of celebration and relaxation, adding depth to our experiences without the overshadowing effects of alcohol. This simple shift in what I made available to myself sparked a newfound appreciation.


Now, when you visit our online store, you'll discover a limited selection—perhaps a couple of bubbly options and a red blend boasting the structure of a light wine. And as time progresses, we'll be rotating in new offerings for you to get your hands on.


Here's to finding that anything poured into a wine glass is worthy of a lift and a toast. Cheers!

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