Dubai's latest luxury is ... halaal wine with gold flecks

Dubai's latest luxury is ... halaal wine with gold flecks

2014-09-12 05:00

Dubai - Dubai built the world's tallest building, put a ski slope inside a shopping mall and gave its cops a Lamborghini for a police car.

Where else would you sell a $150 bottle of 'halaal' non-alcoholic sparkling white wine with flecks of 24-carat edible gold leaf gleaming at the bottom?

It makes sense in Dubai, a Gulf Arab emirate that attracts tourists with the promise of an opulent lifestyle. Or so Tony Colley, head manager of Lootah Premium Foods, which distributes the wine, told Reuters.

"It has gold in it for no good reason apart from it's fun, it's fantastic, it's frivolous, it's totally Dubai," Colley said recently at the Bystro restaurant, where the sleek bottles are on display.

Bystro owner Josh Benson said the gold-leaf bottles were offered a few weeks ago. The restaurant had begun offering non-alcoholic wines in general a few months ago, and they went over well.

"For people that cannot drink... it's a nicer thing to have with a steak than a Pepsi," Benson said.

The wine is produced by Dismark Products, a Spanish company whose Lussor brand includes a variety of red and white non-alcoholic wines. The grapes come from vineyards in Spain and a German vacuum technique removes the alcohol.

The idea of non-alcoholic wines is not new, but Colley says this brand is different because it does not include glycerine, sugar, or additives, unlike other non-alcoholic wines.

Dan Zvinca, an Australian customer at Bystro, said he had sampled non-alcoholic wine - though not the gold-specked one - and "was surprised at how good" it was.

"I think it's a good replacement. It tastes like the real thing," he told Reuters.

Islam, the dominant religion in the Arab Middle East, forbids the consumption of alcohol. But the rule is not universally enforced in different Muslim countries, and there are variations in its application among the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates.

In liberal Dubai, alcohol is served in licenced places like hotel bars. The more conservative Sharjah emirate bans alcohol consumption entirely. Halaal is applied to foodstuffs and beverages permissible under Islamic law.

So far, Colley has been ordering monthly shipments of 26 000 bottles, which include a red and a white along with the gold-leaf wine. Gulf-region nationals make up the majority of the wine's consumers, he said.

"I think we may have to find more grapes," Colley joked.

  • Trevor Mashilo - 2014-09-12 06:35


  • Finish En Klaar - 2014-09-12 06:46

    What next? Halaal pork?!!??

      Humeira Mogalia - 2014-09-12 06:50

      Yeah I would have to agree with u there......

      Thokozani Mahlangu - 2014-09-12 08:17

      a pork can under no circumstance be halaal you nincompoops. keep your comments to yourselves if you dont knw what to say.

      Finish En Klaar - 2014-09-12 08:35

      Relax thokozani relax boy.. u need a shot of non alcoholic wine and a bite of real pork then

      Thokozani Mahlangu - 2014-09-12 08:47

      ja miskien as ek dood is, kikikiki

      Dane October - 2014-09-12 13:39

      It's called macon! LOL

      Irfaan Hilberg - 2015-01-30 02:42

      U are what u eat.....have more bacon sir!!

      Irfaan Hilberg - 2015-01-30 02:42

      U are what u eat.....have more bacon sir!!

  • Moses Mxolisi Sibiya - 2014-09-12 07:34

    Consumption of alcohol its forbidden i lyk their rules

  • Jason Clarke - 2014-09-12 07:41

    Grapetizer with gold flecks????

      James Herbst - 2014-09-12 08:24

      No Grapetizer has sugar. This is tasteless grape water(with gold flakes)

  • Michael Kruger - 2014-09-12 07:48

    Next they'll start cooking up facon for breakfasts.

      Johan Grundling - 2014-09-12 08:30

      Its called MACON.

  • Eddie Daniels - 2014-09-12 09:38

    Cook food with bacon-remove bacon and call it halaal bacon flavoured cuisine

  • Alide Barnes - 2014-09-12 13:08

    nd then miskien ja as jy Dood is

  • blackmarlene - 2014-09-12 16:01

    I'm impressed! Not a single racist remark or pointing of a finger at someone. Hey guys, well done.

  • Hauke Liefferink - 2014-09-12 19:01

    That's why being a Christian is cool. We can booze it up. Jesus' first party trick was turning water into wine. Next step in choosing a cool god is choosing your Christian denomination correctly. This allows you the use of contraceptives, prophylactics and coitus for entertainment! Happy Times! Recently discreet adjustments in the interpretation of scripture even makes provision for same gender intercourse. Amazing how the lord stays in touch with the latest trends!

  • lloyd.venske - 2014-09-13 04:35

    Non alcholic wine is grape juice!!!!!!

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