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Non Alcoholic Wine & Lemon Pepper Wings: Your Tastebuds Await!

Pairing Your Lemon Pepper Wings with non alcoholic wine, Lautus De-Alcoholized Chardonnay

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Let’s dive into the world of non alcoholic wine with a refreshing twist on the classic: Chardonnay. Paired with the delectable Lemon Pepper Wings, this dynamic duo isn’t just delicious—it’s a guilt-free indulgence! What’s even better? This pairing aligns perfectly with your low-carb or Keto lifestyle, as both are low in carbohydrates and sugar.

Picture this: the tangy zest of Lemon Pepper Wings dancing on your taste buds, perfectly complementing the crisp notes of our non-alcoholic Chardonnay. It’s not just a culinary experience; it’s a journey of flavors. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply treating yourself, this combination promises to elevate any occasion. So, why wait? Grab your favorite glass, plate up those wings, and let’s toast to unforgettable moments with non alcoholic wine at the center!

What Are the Top 10 Key Takeaways From This Blog?

Here are the top 10 key takeaways:

  1. Innovative Winemaking Process: Lautus De-Alcoholized Chardonnay undergoes a meticulous process where the alcohol is removed using spinning cone technology, allowing the wine to retain its South African flavor profile with zero alcohol.
  2. Low Sugar and Calorie Content: With only 1 gram of sugar and 1.7 calories per ounce, this non alcoholic wine offers a guilt-free drinking experience.
  3. Refreshing Citrus Flavors: The wine boasts juicy citrus flavors, particularly yellow grapefruit and tangerine, with zesty acidity and a light, refreshing palate.
  4. Versatile Enjoyment: This non alcoholic wine is suitable for all seasons and occasions, whether enjoyed by the fire in winter or paired with grilled dishes in summer.
  5. Perfect Pairing with Lemon Pepper Wings: The wine’s bright acidity complements the tanginess of lemon pepper seasoning, creating a harmonious pairing that enhances both the wine and the dish.
  6. Variety of Seasoning Options: If lemon pepper seasoning isn’t your preference, there are alternative seasoning combinations like Lemon Herb or Lemon Garlic Parmesan Wings that can also pair well with the wine.
  7. Simple Preparation: Making Lemon Pepper Wings is straightforward, requiring basic ingredients like chicken wings, baking powder, garlic powder, and lemon pepper seasoning, along with simple baking instructions.
  8. FAQs About Chicken Wings: The blog addresses common questions about cooking chicken wings, including oven baking, frying, grilling, and air frying methods, along with tips for achieving crispy wings.
  9. Recipe Pairing Suggestions: Alongside Lemon Pepper Wings, the blog offers a variety of recipe suggestions to pair with Lautus De-Alcoholized Chardonnay, including Ginger Garlic Chicken Thighs, Parmesan Crusted Chicken Wings, and Chicken Caesar Salad.
  10. Essential Tools for Preparation: To prepare Lemon Pepper Wings, basic kitchen tools like an oven, baking sheet, sharp knife, mixing bowl, measuring spoons, fresh lemon wedges, and an air fryer (optional) are required.

Why Choose A Non-Alc Wine? 

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Here are the technical notes for the wine.  Click the link:

LAUTUS DE-ALCOHOLIZED CHARDONNAY TECHNICAL NOTES

My Tasting Notes:

I’m absolutely in love with this non alcoholic wine, this South African Chardonnay, possessing 1 gram of sugar and 1.7 calories per ounce.  So a 4-ounce glass possesses 4 grams of sugar and 7 calories.

In the making of Lautus wines, in general, the winemaker deconstructs the fermented wine, removes the alcohol, and then builds it back up.

The winemaker puts the fermented Chardonnay wine through spinning cone technology twice.  During the first pass the wine’s volatile flavors and aromas are extracted.  The second pass separates the alcohol from the wine. The initial wine with the volatile flavor profile is then blended back into the de-alcoholized wine.  This meticulous process allows the resulting Chardonnay to retain its juicy South African flavor profile without the alcohol.  The non alcoholic wine also sees light barrel aging.

The Wine:

I’ve got to say I think you’re going to love this alcohol free wine as much as I do!  Lautus De-Alcoholized Chardonnay sings at the top of its lungs with juicy citrus flavor on the nose and palate. For me yellow grapefruit comes through on the nose.  The delicate palate offers zesty acidity, juicy tangerine flavor, light weight, and a decent finish.  Juicy, refreshing, and delicious best describes this South African gem.

This zero alcohol wine can be enjoyed in every season.  Chill for an hour in the refrigerator.  Enjoy the wine in front of a toasty fire after a day of skiing.  In the summer sip a glass while grilling Flattened Chicken with Rosemary and Garlic, salmon or tuna. If pairing this Chardonnay with salads, use sugar-free rice vinegar or fresh lemon or lime juice.  Balsamic vinegar is too sweet and will clash with the wine’s acidity.  This South African gem will also stand up to cream-based salad dressings.

What Makes This Non Alcoholic Wine Company Special?

Lautus Wines begins with Reg Holder.  Growing up in the small West Coast town of Vredendal, on a grape growing farm, Reg was exposed to all aspects of farming from a young age. This background instilled in him the determination needed to succeed. After completing his BSc degree in Viticulture and Oenology from Stellenbosch University, he spent some time abroad in Australia, California, and France before returning back home to Stellenbosch. It was there that he met his wife Mia. ,Stellenbosch became their family home.  The Holders have three children, a lively Fox Terrier named Frans, and a ginger cat called Popcorn.

From 2004 to 2005, Reg worked in the wine industry abroad, gaining experience in France, Australia, and the USA. Upon returning home, he served as the winemaker at Neil Ellis Wines (2006-2011) before transitioning to Cellar-master and then General Manager at Delheim (2011-2017).

In 2016, the Holders launched de-alcoholized wine called Lautus (www.drinklautus.com).  By 2017 Lautus emerged as South Africa’s inaugural de-alcoholized wine brand, marking a significant milestone in the country’s wine industry. The Holders believe quality, non alc wine begins in the vineyard.  The grapes used for Lautus wines derive from a few of South Africa’s regions. In 2018, he devoted himself full-time to Lautus.

From these grapes, the Holders produce the following NA wine:

  • Sparkling (Voor Paardeberg Chardonnay)
  • Sparkling-Rose (No information but I am assuming Pinotage)
  • Sauvignon Blanc (Stellenbosch and a small percentage of coastal region Sauvignon Blanc)
  • Rose (Voor Paardeberg Pinotage)
  • Savvy Red (Olifants River Valley Shiraz/Pinotage/Tempranillo/Cabernet Sauvignon)

What Makes The Non Alcoholic Wine Perfect With Wings?

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The lemon seasoning on the wings allow this non alcoholic wine, Lautus De-Alcoholized Chardonnay, to sing with its distinct character, all the while matching the flavors of the wings.  In other words, the wings do not alter the character of the wine and vice versa.  This is the recipe for a ‘perfect’ pairing. The wine’s bright acidity complements with the tanginess lemon flavor creating a bridge of harmony.  The wine’s acidity also nicely offsets the pepper.  So this wine without alcohol and recipe combination works on two levels.  Of course hunt for lemon pepper seasoning that’s sugar-free and as low as possible in sodium.

What Ingredients Make Up Lemon Pepper Wings and Their Variations?

If you’re not a fan of lemon pepper seasoning, there are other seasoning combos you can use to pair your wings to this non alcoholic wine.  Opt for Lemon Herb Wings by marinating the wings in a blend of lemon zest, minced garlic, chopped fresh herbs like parsley, thyme, rosemary, and fresh lemon juice, along with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
If you prefer a cheesy kick, go for Lemon Garlic Parmesan Wings, coated in lemon zest, minced garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and olive oil, then finished with more Parmesan and lemon juice. Consider experimenting with other seasonings like lemon-ginger, lemon-cumin, or lemon-sesame for even more delicious variations.

How Do You Prepare Lemon Pepper Wines?

Here are the instructions for preparing Lemon Pepper Wings: 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Cut chicken wings in half. Locate the joint where the wing connects to the body of the chicken. Use a sharp knife to cut through this joint, separating the wing into two parts: the drumette and the wingette (also known as the flat). The drumette is the meatier portion that resembles a mini drumstick, while the wingette is the flatter, double-boned section. Simply cut through the joint to separate them. This leaves you with two halves of the chicken wing, each containing one of these parts.
  • In a bowl add the baking powder and garlic powder.  Stir together.  Coat a drumette or wingette with the baking powder mixture on all sides.  Set the piece on the baking sheet.  Repeat the process for all pieces.  Make sure each piece is not overcrowded.  Sprinkle all drumettes and wingettes with the lemon pepper seasoning.
  • Bake the chicken wings in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until they are golden brown on one side.  Flip the wings over and sprinkle this side with more lemon pepper seasoning.  Place the wings back into the oven and bake until this side is golden and crispy.
  • Once the chicken wings are cooked through and crispy, remove them from the oven and transfer them to a serving platter. Garnish the plate of Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings with fresh lemon wedges and fresh parsley for a pop of color and flavor.  Serve hot with the wines.

What Are Frequently Asked Questions About Chicken Wings? 

Some frequently asked questions about lemon pepper chicken wings include:

How To Cook Chicken Wings in the Oven: 

To start, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Then, grab a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure to spread out the wings, leaving space between them. Pop them in the oven and bake for about 45-50 minutes. Don’t forget to flip them halfway through for that perfect crispiness and golden brown color.

What’s the Best Way to Fry Chicken Wings?

For a classic fry, heat up your oil in a deep fryer or large pot until it reached 375 F (1190 C).  Cook the wings in batches for 10 to 12 minutes until they are golden and crispy.  Once done, let them drain on some paper towels before tossing them in your favorite sugar-free sauce.

How to Make Crispy Chicken Wings Without Frying Looking for a healthier option?

Coat your wings in a mixture of baking powder and salt. Then, bake them in a preheated oven at 425°F (220°C) for 45-50 minutes. Remember to flip them halfway through for that even crispiness.

How Long Do You Grill Chicken Wings?

Fire up the grill to medium-high heat. Grill the wings for about 20-25 minutes, turning them occasionally. You’ll know they’re ready when they’re cooked through and have that perfect crispy exterior.

What Are Some Easy Wing Marinades?

Spice up your wings with popular marinades like sugar-free BBQ sauce, sugar-free buffalo sauce, sugar-free teriyaki sauce, faux honey garlic sauce, or lemon pepper seasoning. Let them marinate for at least an hour before cooking for maximum flavor.

My husband and I purchase, on a regular basis, the whole line of “G Hughes Sauces.”  They are absolutely delicious.  At one time you could only purchase the sauces at specialty shops.  Now in my small city I can purchase a variety of the G Hughes Sauces at several grocery stores.  So hunt around.  They are well worth the price.

How Do You Make Buffalo Chicken Wings?

For those classic buffalo wings, toss your cooked wings in a mixture of melted butter and hot sauce. Make sure the hot sauce is keto-friendly.  Frank’s Hot Sauce is a brand that many Keto lovers prefer.  Serve thewings up with some celery sticks and blue cheese dressing for the ultimate snack.

Can You Make Chicken Wings in an Air-Fryer?

Absolutely! Set your air-fryer to 360°F (180°C).  Toss your wings in baking powder.  The baking powder creates a bread-like coating on the wings and makes them super crispy.  Arrange the wings in a single layer in the basket and cook for 25-30 minutes. Give them a shake halfway through to ensure they’re crispy and cooked through.

What Other Recipes Pair With This Non Alcoholic Wine?

GINGER GARLIC CHICKEN THIGHS

PARMESAN CRUSTED CHICKEN WINGS

CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD

SUNFLOWER SEED RISOTTO

LOW-CARB INDIAN FRY BREAD

TURKEY POT PIE

What Equipment Do You Need to Prepare Lemon Pepper Wings?

  • Baking pan with parchment paper
  • Sharp knife for halving wings
  • Mixing bowl for seasoning
  • Measuring spoons
  • Fresh lemon wedges
  • Fresh parsley
  • Optional: Air-fryer (preheated to recommended temperature)
  • Follow same steps for coating and seasoning
  • Cook in air-fryer until golden and crispy, flipping halfway through
  • Garnish with lemon and parsley before serving

How Do You Prepare Lemon Pepper Wings?

 The recipe requires preheating the oven to 400°F (200°C) to bake the chicken wings until they are golden brown and crispy. An oven is essential for achieving the desired texture and flavor of the dish. Baking Pan: A baking pan lined with parchment paper is necessary to prevent the chicken wings from sticking to the pan and to facilitate easy cleanup. It also helps ensure even cooking of the wings.

 

Cut chicken wings in half. Locate the joint where the wing connects to the body of the chicken.
Use a sharp knife to cut through this joint, separating the wing into two parts: the drumette and the wingette (also known as the flat). The drumette is the meatier portion that resembles a mini drumstick, while the wingette is the flatter, double-boned section. Simply cut through the joint to separate them. This leaves you with two halves of the chicken wing, each containing one of these parts.

 

Non Alcoholic Wine Chardonnay with Lemon Pepper Wings

In a bowl add the baking powder and garlic powder. Stir together. Coat a drumette or wingette with the baking powder mixture on all sides. Set the piece on the baking sheet. Repeat the process for all pieces. Make sure each piece is not overcrowded.

 

Lemon Pepper Wings

Sprinkle all drumettes and wingettes with the lemon pepper seasoning.

 

Non Alcoholic Wine Chardonnay with Lemon Pepper Wings

Bake the chicken wings in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until they are golden brown on one side. Flip the wings over and sprinkle this side with more lemon pepper seasoning. Place the wings back into the oven and bake until this side is golden and crispy.

 

Non Alcoholic Wine Chardonnay with Lemon Pepper Wings

Once the chicken wings are cooked through and crispy, remove them from the oven and transfer them to a serving platter. Garnish the plate of Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings with fresh lemon wedges and fresh parsley for a pop of color and flavor. Serve hot with the wine.

 

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Pairing Your Lemon Pepper Wings with non alcoholic wine, Lautus De-Alcoholized Chardonnay

LEMON PEPPER CHICKEN WINGS


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  • Author: Shari MAC
  • Total Time: 60 Mins
  • Yield: 2 pounds (about 16 pieces) 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Experience the deliciousness of a non alcoholic wine paired with zesty Lemon Pepper Wings. It’s a match made in heaven!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 lbs chicken wings (about 16 wingettes and drumettes)
  • 1/3 cup baking powder
  • 1/3 cup Lemon pepper seasoning (or as needed)*
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon wedges for garnish
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Cut whole chicken wings in half to make wingettes and drumettes. Locate the joint where the wing connects to the body of the chicken. Use a sharp knife to cut through this joint, separating the wing into two parts: the drumette and the wingette (also known as the flat). The drumette is the meatier portion that resembles a mini drumstick, while the wingette is the flatter, double-boned section. Simply cut through the joint to separate them. This leaves you with two halves of the chicken wing, each containing one of these parts.
  • In a bowl add the baking powder. Stir together.  Coat a drumette or wingette with about 1 teaspoon of baking powder on all sides.  Set the piece on the baking sheet.  Repeat the process for all pieces.  Make sure each piece is not overcrowded.
  • Sprinkle all drumettes and wingettes with lemon pepper seasoning, about 1 teaspoon per wingette or drumette.
  • Bake the chicken wings in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until they are golden brown on one side.  Flip the wings over and sprinkle this side with more lemon pepper seasoning.  Place the wings back into the oven and bake until this side is golden and crispy.
  • Once the chicken wings are cooked through and crispy, remove them from the oven and transfer them to a serving platter. Garnish the plate of Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings with fresh lemon wedges and fresh parsley for a pop of color and flavor.  Serve hot with the wines.

Notes

  • The recipe is based on the keto version and is approximate only.  One serving has 6.4 grams of net carbs.
  • (Note: The nutritional information provided is a courtesy and is approximate only.  We cannot guarantee the nutritional accuracy of any recipe on this site.  We cannot know what brands you use or how accurately you follow the recipe or what you like to add creatively to the dish. Use the information as a general guideline only.)
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Category: NON ALCOHOLIC PAIRING
  • Method: BAKING OR AIR-FRYING
  • Cuisine: APPETIZER

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 88
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 4.5
  • Fat: 6.5
  • Saturated Fat: 2.3
  • Carbohydrates: 6.4
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 5.1
  • Cholesterol: 15.8

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