New products to try in the new year

Whether you want to refresh your go-to picks or create new traditions, we’ve gathered up innovative ways to celebrate, with a focus on options that are lower sugar, lower calorie, lower in alcohol and even alcohol-free. So bring on the new year — and the new you!

Explore low-sugar wines

If your new year goals include a renewed commitment to healthier eating, low-sugar wines are a great place to start.

How to Check the Amount of Sugar in Wine

A shelf tag from in store and a product note on showing the amount of sugar per litre in wine
What Is Residual Sugar?

In the winemaking process, natural sugar is consumed from grapes to create alcohol in the process of fermentation. Residual sugar is the natural sweetness that’s left over. It’s an important winemaking decision, whether to let the grapes ferment until the yeast consumes all the available sugar or to stop the fermentation and leave a bit of residual sugar in the wine. Even “dry” wines commonly have a bit of residual sugar.

Read the Label

You can find the grams of sugar per litre at the bottom of each wine’s page and also on shelf labels in store. Low-sugar wines fall within the LCBO’s Extra-Dry (XD) descriptor, which encompasses those with 0 to 5 grams of sugar per litre. A few winemakers are even starting to put nutritional information, such as calories, carbohydrates and sugar, on their labels.

Look at Regions and Varietals

Countries and regions with cool climates, or with vineyards at higher altitudes, will grow grapes that are naturally lower in sugar. Canada, the northern United States, New Zealand’s south island and northern Italy, France and Germany are a few examples. The cooler parts of countries like Australia, Chile, Spain and Portugal are also places to look. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay are some whites that have low sugar when grown in cool regions. Among red grapes, look to Pinot Noir, Gamay and some Cabernet Francs grown in cooler climates.

Explore light highball cocktails

The Highball is a classic that’s been reinvented for modern times. Light, smooth and ripe for unexpected add-ins, it’s as easy as choosing a whisky to pour over ice and adding lots of mixer and a complementary garnish. Learn how to make a perfect Highball, and find other ways to lighten up your cocktails!

Discover lighter beers for the new year

Session Beers

Explore these brews that offer lots of satisfying flavour over the time or “session” of an occasion — with less alcohol than their non-session counterparts.

Learn more about Session Beers

Alcohol-Free Beers

We’ve rounded up our favourite beers that have no alcohol but still boast all the flavours.

Learn more about Alcohol-Free Beers
Explore sugar-free hard seltzers

Hard seltzers and hard waters combine a spirit with still or carbonated water and a splash of flavour. They often come in six-packs of cans or tall-can singles and have no added sugar.

Discover some resolution-friendly drinks

Resolution-Friendly Drinks

Looking to start the new year with some more careful choices? Food and lifestyle writer, and TV personality Pay Chen and Food & Drink editor Charlene Rooke walk you through some great products you can find at the LCBO, from low-sugar wines and no-sugar seltzers to low- and no-alcohol beers.

January 7
7 p.m.