A Professor of Industrial and Food Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, Kwara State University (KWASU), Prof. Sunday Awe has said there is no non-alcoholic wine, emphasising that no wine is produced without alcohol.
Prof. Awe disclosed this during his inaugural lecture, held on Wednesday, (May 10, 2023), held at the institution Convocation Arena (CVA), Malete.
Awe, who was the KWASU 11th Convocation Lecturer, said there is only de-alcoholized wine, which he said, is produced through a further step on which the. alcohol is removed by spinning cone, vacuum distillation or reverse osmosis.
He added, ” What people parade as non-alcoholic wines in our shopping malls are actually fruit juice or sparkling drinks in wines bottles with addition of flavours, preservatives and indication of expiry dates, whereas real wine does not contain preservatives and expiry date since the alcoholic content serves as its preservative and the longer it stays the better the taste”.
Royal times reports that Awe also recommended that the locally available fruit should be used to produce wines that are comparable to imported ones, saying that foreign exchange can be saved/earned by producing wines locally for export, instead of importing wines.