When I was pregnant with Toddler H, I wasn’t pregnant over Christmas or New Year, only over my birthday in June. I didn’t miss wine at all and I didn’t remotely want any. I didn’t have even a vague thought of “that looks like a nice glass of wine.” We attended several weddings and I didn’t even want a sip of Champagne or Bucks Fizz. Of course NHS guidelines suggest a low limit is safe, but not to me, I was absolutely repulsed by even the thought of the taste of wine. This time however, maybe it’s second child syndrome starting already, or just the fact that this pregnancy is so different, but a few of weeks ago my mum had a glass of lovely chilled white wine in our old local pub and I thought it looked delicious. Lovely chilled wine that I know the taste of so well. I wasn’t tempted enough to try a sip, however with Christmas approaching, I didn’t want to be drinking fruity Schlor, squash or cordials, so I sought out he Internet forums for advice on non-alcoholic wines. Sainsburys and Marks and Spencers came out tops. So, along with our Sainsburys turkey I picked up a red and white non-alcoholic wine, along with a non-alcoholic sparkling wine (contains 0.05% alcohol).
We cracked open the white non-alcoholic wine first, and I must say I was very impressed. It’s fruity and actually has a change in taste becoming slightly dry, opposed to more fruity like Schlor. In fact it didn’t resemble Schlor in the slightest. Hubby was also impressed. I’ll definitely buy this again, it’s close enough to a fruity wine (I prefer a Roija or Pinot Grigio), but has a taste that makes you sip it opposed to take a huge gulp which you then regret!
We haven’t tried the red yet, but yesterday, on Christmas Day we opened the non-alcoholic sparkling wine and it was perfect. Fizzy, and sip-able, slightly fruity, slightly dry and not in the least like a fizzy drink or fizzy Schlor. It was the prefect drink for Christmas, New Year, and of course Friday night ?
I thoroughly recommend anyone who’s pregnant try these non-alcoholic wines from Sainsburys. They’re only ?2.50 a bottle, so nice and cheap, and very good imitations.
Have pregnancy ladies, and to any hubby’s or boyfriend’s reading… Your other half might appreciate this present if she’s pregnant (or breast feeding),
Did you find any non-alcoholic wines that you’d recommend? I don’t like or drink beer, so if you have any non-alcoholic beer recommendations, pop them in a comment and I’ll collate them too!?
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Alison (MadHouseMum)December 27, 2016 at 1:29 pm
Partner was driving on Christmas Day and drank Becks Blue non-alcoholic beer. He said it was ok. I was interested to read about these wines, although I have done my time of being pregnant/breastfeeding and not drinking at Christmas, so now I am making up for it! Cheers! Alison x #DreamTeam
LisaDecember 27, 2016 at 2:07 pm
I’ve never tried non alcoholic wine, but having read this I may have to try. Not, may I add that I need to, I am most certainly not pregnant (I love my children, but have no plans to return to child bearing), but I am not a great lover of feeling tipsy, so this could be the solution #SchoolsOut x
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Rhyming with WineDecember 27, 2016 at 9:16 pm
I was actually pregnant with both of mine over the Christmas period – but in both cases I didn’t realise as I found out on the 2nd Jan with each! (That was the earliest point that I could test at each – I wasn’t just holding off on the test so that I could carry on with the fizz in blissful ignorance haha). These sound great though as I’ve always found alcohol free wines to be more like a sickly fizzy pop. These sound like they are still quite crisp and refreshing! Cheers to that lovely. Thanks for sharing with us at #DreamTeam and all the best for the New Year. Dx
mummy here and hereDecember 28, 2016 at 8:30 pm
There is so much choice now isn’t there. When I was pregnant I hardly drank much as most things made me feel nausea X #dreamteam
Single Mum SpeaksDecember 29, 2016 at 8:47 pm
Good tips-I recall drinking Schloer on several notable occasions when I was pregnant and although obviously it tastes radically different to wine, it looks very similar, and I’m sure I got a few looks while I was drinking it (I actually used it on one occasion the Christmas I was pregnant to disguise the fact I was in the early stages of pregnancy by making it look like I was drinking red wine so that nobody would ask any questions about why I wasn’t drinking). These non-alcoholic wines look like a much better proposition though. Thanks for linking with #SchoolsOut
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pam lorimerFebruary 12, 2017 at 9:45 pm
I was pregnant with both children over the festive period and im a big lover of wine so i can tell you that iv tasted everythung on the market-we even bought stuff online and had a gin flavoured syrup impirted from the us! Nothing will ever compare if you are a wine drinker but many are really good beverages when you dont want a fizzy soft drink or water. My fave white was from waitrose but cant remember it name. I gave up on all the others as well as the non alcoholic ciders as they were so expensive and the taste didnt justify the cost! I just drank cordials and on new years with my second i had a real glass of fizz. X