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to expect to find a good alcohol-free wine?

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dannyglick Thu 10-Nov-16 17:49:41

I will be working a 12 hour shift on Xmas Day, so will be having my Xmas dinner with colleagues in the workplace.
Can't have alcohol, but I feel that a Xmas dinner needs a glass of red to accompany it.
Any recommendations for an alcohol-free version?

QuinnsNo1Lady Thu 10-Nov-16 17:50:57

The Eisberg CanSauv from Morrisons is OK. Not fab but tastes more like wine than any others I've tried.

Booboobedoo Thu 10-Nov-16 17:56:17


It's like the search for the holy grail.

Sparlklesilverglitter Thu 10-Nov-16 17:58:05

Why not get some cheap champagne flutes and have either sparkling water with orange juice or apple juice so it feel a bit special.
I'd much rather that than non alcohol wine

c3pu Thu 10-Nov-16 18:01:16

Grape juice?

redexpat Thu 10-Nov-16 18:17:13

Top tip. Sparkling water and elderflower cordial is luuuhvly.

Why not go all out and make mocktails? Virgin pina coladas all round I say!

DamsonGinIsMyThing Thu 10-Nov-16 18:18:40

Sainsbury have a nice alcohol free mulled wine.
It's how I'm going to hide my pregnancy over the Christmas period.

RoseGoldHippie Thu 10-Nov-16 18:22:43

Sholer (can't spell it smile ) is the best fancy alcohol free drink IMO!

Scrowy Thu 10-Nov-16 18:22:47

Sainsburys have a non alcoholic fizz with a proper cork in it and everything. It's in the wine aisle. It needs to be well chilled when you drink it otherwise it's a bit sweet rather than dry, but it's close enough.

Randytortoise Thu 10-Nov-16 18:24:27

Asda do a fantastic sparkling rose (you find it next to the elderflower cordial.
Tesco also do both a really nice sparkling moscato and not-sparkling moscato. They taste just like the alcoholic version.

Randytortoise Thu 10-Nov-16 18:25:19

Both sparkling one I have suggested come with proper corks that poo and look just like posh bottles of champagne!

ragz134 Thu 10-Nov-16 18:27:04

I've heard the waitrose ones are good.

AllTheBabies Thu 10-Nov-16 18:27:43

I'm facing my second pregnant Christmas in a row (bad planning!) and my extensive research has found that they are all bad and schloer is the way to go. They even do one with a cork in it for extra festive feelings.

DamsonGinIsMyThing Thu 10-Nov-16 18:30:27

Corks that poo randy
Remind me to not accept a drink off you grin

MortimersRaven Thu 10-Nov-16 18:37:40

I second Eisberg, the Sauvignon Blanc is very drinkable and a convincing alternative!
It's actually de-alcoholised wine so made in the same way as usual but with the alcohol removed, which I guess is why it's not too dissimilar in taste.

venusinscorpio Thu 10-Nov-16 18:54:54

Is there anything which tastes dry? I always find them too sweet for my taste.

venusinscorpio Thu 10-Nov-16 18:56:36

We used to have Shloer for special occasions when I was a kid. Loved it then but couldn't drink it now!

EatsShitAndLeaves Thu 10-Nov-16 19:00:08

Yes TBH - it's the alcohol content that provides the flavour.

You're much better off googling "virgin cocktails".

Loads of lovely drinks that taste "special".

venusinscorpio Thu 10-Nov-16 19:14:28

I either have a spicy tomato juice or a sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice when i am out and want a non alcoholic drink. I don't like sweet fizzy drinks or too much fruit in drinks. Would love if I could find a dry tasting non or low alcohol wine though!

dannyglick Thu 10-Nov-16 19:47:14

Thanks, everyone, for some great ideas.
I'll be sure to take some nice glasses to work, too.

5Foot5 Thu 10-Nov-16 20:34:02

I second the suggestion for elderflower cordial. When I was pregnant I drank elderflower and tonic instead of gin and tonic. Once I finished breast feeding I was really looking forward to my first proper gin in over a year. I was actually quite disappointed by it as I had got so used to the elderflower that I preferred the taste! That soon wore off.

INeedANameChange Thu 10-Nov-16 21:09:01

There's no such thing. All wine alternatives are vile. They either taste like vinegar or ginger beer.

Shloer is nice but only because it's a soft drink!

MidniteScribbler Thu 10-Nov-16 22:16:15

I don't know if you'll be able to get it in the UK, but Maggie Beer makes a lovely non alcoholic sparkling chardonnay and a non alcoholic sparkling ruby cabernet. I don't like most non alcoholic wines and like my wine and champagne dry, but I'll happily quaff this one.

PoppyPicklesPenguin Thu 10-Nov-16 22:20:14

I never did find a good nonalcoholic wine, but Becks Blue is really nice, and the nonalcoholic ciders aren't too bad either.

I'm not a fan of beer but when nonalcoholic is required it's not too bad actually.

StrawberryQuik Thu 10-Nov-16 22:21:11

Maybe not very special/celebratory but for those who are looking for something dry...Becks Blue (alcohol free beer) is really nice and tastes like beer.

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