Who knew tofu factories contributed nearly a third of 700,000+ tonnes of food waste? More importantly, who would look at this liquid leftover and think, wine? This local foodtech company apparently. After a five years of research and development, SinFooTech has created the world's first wine made entirely of soy—quite literally 100% on the ingredient list since the fermentation technique requires no additional water.
It's not just upcycling unutilised soy whey, it's a double down on the sustainability as the byproduct is a product that leaves no byproduct. It took a good year of trial and error as well as experimenting on various yeasts for the patented technology to convert non-GMO soybeans into a delicious alcoholic beverage.
At 5.8% ABV, Sachi is also half the calories of a regular glass of wine (67kcal for 100ml). As if good news can't get better, it's also packed with 80mg of antioxidants called isoflavones. It's healthier for the body and better for the environment; but not only is it easy on the conscience, it's easy on the palate too.
Wine. Wouldn't that be funny to say. But it does. Like a lighter-bodied Riesling, you may prefer it as an aperitif than a pairing glass. We're willing to bet that should you served it unlabelled, your guests would not be able to determine its make. They would be able to tell it's not your conventional whites or moscatos, but with zero notes of soy, Sachi would surely keep them guessing.
Instead, you get notes closer to apple cider. Refreshing and vibrant, it's actually pretty perfect for our climate. As someone who doesn't particularly rave over wine, this is frighteningly easy to drink. Good thing flavours are naturally achieved, and being free from additives and preservatives, the only downside is the one-year shelf life.
Besides served at the optimum temperature of 4°C, you are also encouraged to pop it in the microwave and enjoy it warm like sake. Especially if you're riding the trend of natural or vegan wines, have a go at Club Street Wine Room, Butcher Boy, or Timbre; otherwise order yourself a beautifully un-ostentatious bottle to try.
Sachi is available to order online, on Lazada, Shopee, Redmart, Bulbs, Airasia Grocer, Fairprice Online, Brown Bag Wines and Nourish.