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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 04:08 PM
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Is there such a thing as good tasting non-alcoholic wine?
I was becoming a bit of a wine snob. I love the taste of heavy reds, like Shiraz or Syrah etc. So now that I'm not drinking, I was wondering if anyone has ever found anything that a least tastes like wine and not grape juice. I tried a sparkling red last night that was...well sparkling grape juice.

I've found a few tolerable non-alcoholic beers, but wine was my thang. Vodka was my poison that ruined it all however. lol

Any recommendations or is it a lost cause? :shrug:
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Guava Jelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 04:10 PM
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1. welch's grape juice?
:hug:
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 04:11 PM
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3. ....
:P
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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 05:09 PM
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17. That was my first thought...:) nt
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 04:10 PM
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2. Uh, no?
:shrug:
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 04:12 PM
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4. Crap
That's what I figured. :cry:
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 07:49 PM
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34. Sorry, Sweety! I know it's a bummer.
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 04:14 PM
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5. Nope
There are some nice drinks, but nothing that tastes like good wine with no alcohol in it. Sorry. :hug:
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 04:49 PM
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6. .....
I shall go cry some more then. :cry: :cry: :cry:

I guess I'll have to find something else that is enjoyable and relaxing that gets me all warm and flushed....hmmmmmmm















What? I was thinking a bath. Geeez :evilgrin:
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plcdude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 04:56 PM
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12. me
too that was what I was thinking also. What is this thing about not drinking?
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 05:10 PM
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18. Now I think it is your turn for a
:spank:

;)
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 05:14 PM
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23. Yes, however
Where you and I differ is I don't find that a punishment. :evilgrin:

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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 05:18 PM
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27. I turned into a coffee and tea snob
:hi:
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 04:51 PM
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7. Why bother? You only end up in non-AA.
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 04:52 PM
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9. hehehe
:toast:
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cwydro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 04:51 PM
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8. I'm a red wine drinker too.
Let me know if you do find something...
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 04:53 PM
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10. The search shall continue!
I refuse to give up!

For I am WOMAN hear me......





*meow*
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plcdude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 04:55 PM
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11. no
but a little wine is good for the stomach, I read that somewhere.
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 04:58 PM
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13. Yes but
a little wine leads to a lot of wine which doesn't seem to be good for anything. lol.
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plcdude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 04:59 PM
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14. drink slowly
and stop after 3 or 4.
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 05:11 PM
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20. Not the best advice for everybody
Trust us on this.
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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 07:50 PM
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35. Yeah, That's For Sure
it wouldn't matter if I started drinking slowly

before long I'd be drinking theirs and mine and anyone elses and tipping the bottle

:hi:

I might be fun to start drinking with but I ain't fun to finish with!
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 05:07 PM
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15. the longer you stay sober, the less you'll want that taste
IMHE, "non alcoholic" beers and wines AREN'T (check your near beer, you'll see it still has a small percentage of alcohol)

If you were a drunk like me, the slightest amount of alcohol in my system triggers the cravings and at some point you'll be off the wagon

good luck!

PS I have the same problem with substituting for wine in recipes. It's taken a while in the kitchen to make my sauces and soups come up to speed
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 05:09 PM
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16. Thanks
I never thought of it that way.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 05:15 PM
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24. don't get me wrong, if I hadn't had a couple near beers a day for that
first few weeks I would have literally died (or had a major stroke)

the DTs were awful and that tiny bit of booze kept my body from going into shut down. I had a constant headache that lasted weeks. the oldtimers in AA finally convinced me to check my blood pressure at 12 days sober


it was 285/190 :wow:


But by the Grace of *inserthigherpowerofyourchoicehere* I woulda been dead

my next door (38 year old) neighbor who was a bad drunk actually stroked out driving home from work one day and he's still a mess.

alcohol is the only drug you can DIE from detox

so take care of your self huh? :hug:
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 05:21 PM
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28. Well I'm lucky in that
I never got to that point. It was a short period of time that I was self-medicating myself with alcohol. It could have become a much bigger problem. I stopped because I could see where it was going and it was interfering big time with my depression and anxiety meds. I'm happy and relieved that I do not have a physical addiction to alcohol (no withdrawals). It is an emotional one. I need to stay away from it while I am recovering from my depression.

Thanks for sharing your experience and your well wishes. :hug:
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 05:23 PM
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30. you're welcome!
booze *WAS* my depression and anxiety medication

the first few months were rough, thank heavens I don't remember much about them

haven't been depressed since I quit drinking :bounce:
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cwydro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 05:10 PM
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19. Yes, I've heard that from friends who are recovering
very true.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 05:11 PM
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21. I am like non-alcoholic wine...
I'm tasty, fine, addictive, yet keep you sober. :D
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 05:16 PM
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25. Now we're getting somewhere!
But will I feel headachy and nauseated in the morning? :rofl:

:hug:
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 05:16 PM
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26. subtle oak undertones with a crisp finish??
:rofl:
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Road Scholar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 05:13 PM
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22. Dear BnL
Wine is wine. Grape juice is good, but...... you know. :toast: :hi:
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 05:22 PM
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29. *sigh*
Yeah, I know... :cry:
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NC_Nurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 07:42 PM
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31. I'm glad you're back!
I've been thinking about you.

I like sparkling cider - the non-alcoholic kind. It's not really like wine, but it's tasty.
I don't like beer anyway. I love vodka - but I've had to give it up recently because my
stomach is acting up. So you have my sympathy! :-(
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 09:37 PM
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37. Thank you!
Edited on Wed Dec-06-06 09:37 PM by BarenakedLady
I'll have to try the sparkling cider. I do like regular cider. It just won't be quite the same though. LoL. I do like beer, but don't/didn't drink it much because of the calorie (belly gut) factor. Plus it makes me pee like a race horse! hehe.

Vodka...ahhhhh sweeeet smooooth vodka. *sigh*

:hug:
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 07:47 PM
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32. Beer, yeah
Wine, not that I've found. :(

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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 09:40 PM
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38. Yup
This is the overall impression I've been getting. :(

Give me some good beer recommendations anyway.

:hi:
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 10:29 PM
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45. Clausthaler
They use a different process than most makers of n/a beer, who remove most of the alcohol during the brewing process. Clausthaler starts from the beginning to make a non-alcoholic brew, and you can taste the difference it tastes like a good light beer. I don't care for the aftertaste, but ya can't have everything.

Kaliber and Buckler aren't bad, though Kaliber is too dark for me. Coors Cutter is passable.

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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 10:39 PM
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46. Thank you sir!
Edited on Wed Dec-06-06 10:39 PM by BarenakedLady
:hug:
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L A Woman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 07:49 PM
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33. I'd love to hear about these tolerable non-alcoholic beers...
Names, please!!!!
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 09:43 PM
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39. Well
I can't really remember now. I buy it when my dad comes to visit (he's a recovering alcoholic). He usually buys the cheap stuff, so when he visits I buy the most expensive I can find... I'm sure Oedi will give us some ideas.

:)
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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 07:54 PM
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36. Drink Some Sparkling Water
or sparkling grape juice like you said.

or drink the house wine of the south, iced tea!

as for non alcoholic beers, O'Doul's tastes fair, but it reminds me so much of beer, I would drink one and be waiting for the feeling to kick in


There are lots of things to drink that aren't alcoholic, you just have to find something that you like and make it your drink!

:hug:

Hang in there, it's a tough deal, but it ain't the end of the world!

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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 09:48 PM
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40. I live on flavored seltzer water
In fact, my ever present liter bottle (Polar lemon atm) is at my side. I carry it around the house like it's my baby bottle. heh

I'd just like to find something to drink when out socially (hahahahahaha like that ever happens!) or on special occasions. I do know that I have a bottle of n/a champagne in my pantry that's been in there for at least two years. So at least I have New Year's covered. LoL.

Thanks! :hug:
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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 09:54 PM
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41. Anytime BNL
It can be a struggle when it's on your mind to have something to drink and not be conspicuous.

Since I have had no life for a while I don't know what to do other than just be myself and it doesn't bother me to drink something different than others drink.

I remembered just now (actually made me kind of sad) that at my wedding we drank sparkling water in champagne glasses.

So long ago, and so far away as to be almost someone else's life when I think about it. I have no idea where those people who got married 17 years ago went.

Oh well, like I said, anytime. I'm so glad you are back!

:hug:
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 10:03 PM
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42. I'm sorry
that you are having a tough time right now. :( Time seems to change a lot of things, both good and bad.

:hug:
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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 10:06 PM
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43. Yes, It Does
you know, not everything is bad

it's like, I just wonder what happened to that couple. They aren't around

But on the other hand, I'd rather be happy and if that means being alone, then so be it.

I'd rather my son had happy parents, whether they are together or apart.

so, another day goes by, and it's like "the sands of the hourglass" as the world turns kind of thing.
(I can remember my mother always watched that soap opera when I was a kid)

:pals:
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 10:14 PM
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44. I found some sites to check out
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