For frequently asked questions covering all things Acid League, please see our general FAQ page.
What are Wine Proxies?
Wine Proxies are layered blends of juices, teas, spices, bitters, and more with all the complexity of great wine, and none of the alcohol. Proxies don’t necessarily taste exactly like any specific wine, but they’re made to look, feel, and drink like wine. They have acidity, texture, tannin, and spice. They’re designed to pair with food and be enjoyed in wine glasses. Wine, but not.
How do Proxies differ from non-alcoholic wine?
Conventional non-alcoholic wines are made by stripping the alcohol out of wine (usually cheap bulk wine, at that). The result is a drink that tastes next-to-nothing like the real thing. They’re sweet, lack complexity, and don’t pair well with food. Proxies, by contrast, are designed from the start with flavor and the ability to pair with food in mind. They’re designed to be an effective proxy, not a pale imitation. Instead of dealcoholized plonk, we craft layered blends of juices, teas, spices, bitters, and more. More details on the difference between Proxies and conventional non-alcoholic wine are available here.
Do Proxies contain alcohol?
Our Wine Proxies are non-alcoholic beverages. Just like every kombucha, or even foods containing vanilla extract, they may contain trace amounts of alcohol. Our Proxies always fall below 0.5% alcohol by volume, the threshold to be classified as non-alcoholic according to the FDA and other regulatory agencies.
Do Proxies age like wine?
Conventional wine is shelf-stable and able to age thanks in large part to the alcohol working as a natural preservative. Proxies are shelf-stable, but best consumed within 45 days. Most non-alcoholic beverages that do not need to be stored in the refrigerator are hot-filled, meaning they’re heated to 194°F at the time of bottling to sterilize the product. This does a good job of killing off any microorganisms in the drink, but also kills complex flavor. We don’t hot fill—instead, we rely on acidity and the minimal amount of preservatives necessary to keep your Proxies fresh and complex. Currently, we treat Proxies like almost all wines and employ sulfites at bottling for preservation. We’re constantly testing our product with the goal to eliminate all non-natural preservatives while still maintaining all the complex, fresh flavor.
How should I store my Proxies?
Proxies are best stored in a cool dark place like you would with any wine. Enjoy within three months, or within one week after opening. Pop the cork back in and refrigerate after opening.
How should I serve my Proxies?
Proxies are best enjoyed in wine glasses and are designed to pair with food. For optimal flavor—or if you’re just feeling fancy—try decanting your Proxies before serving.
How do I give Proxies as a gift?
Click here to purchase Proxies as a gift.
Can I customize my Proxies box?
Each box contains our three newest Proxies, created and curated by our winemaker. At this time, there are no substitutions or customizations available.
Where do you ship?
Our club boxes are available for shipment throughout the United States and Canada.
When will my Proxies ship?
The first club shipment will go out in January 2021.
If you order before the 10th of the month, you'll receive your first Proxies that month. If you order after the 10th of the month, you'll receive your first Proxies the following month.
You will receive an email with tracking information once your order ships, but please allow two to five business days for delivery excluding delays due to Covid-19 or other factors outside our control.
Can I cancel or pause my subscription?
If you’d like to cancel or pause your subscription, please email your order number and request to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 10th of the month you wish to cancel or pause.
What’s your return policy?
If anything is wrong with your order, please email email@example.com within 14 days of receiving your goods, and we'll make it right! If your product is broken, please include a photo of the broken item in the packaging.
Are Proxies available in stores or restaurants?
Proxies are currently available only through our wine club, but will soon be featured in select restaurants and retail stores. For more information on where else to find us, please follow us on Instagram and sign up for our newsletter.
Are Proxies safe to drink during pregnancy?
We work hard to ensure that our Wine Proxies are free of harmful bacteria and safe for everyone to consume. To create the best flavor possible, Proxies do contain a portion of cold-pressed juice. While these juices are not pasteurized in the traditional sense, we always bring them to a low pH that kills off any bacteria such as salmonella, listeriosis, and E. coli before blending them with our other ingredients.
While Proxies are non-alcoholic beverages, they may contain trace amounts of alcohol, just like kombucha, or even foods containing vanilla extract. Proxies always fall below 0.5% alcohol by volume (the threshold to be classified as non-alcoholic according to the FDA and other regulatory agencies).
We are mindful that people make different choices when it comes to pregnancy, so if you’re concerned please consult your healthcare provider for more guidance. We are always happy to answer more questions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I get more nutritional information on Proxies?
Find nutrition info for January's Proxies below: