Marks and Spencer Alcohol Free Rosé. These little bottles from M&S are very handy as I have been a bit nervous about a large bottle purchase. This nervousness comes from trying both the red and the white and being left disappointed on both occasions. This, sadly, is no exception. The labelling (as with the other two is bland. It’s a nice colour but then most rosé is to varying degrees of pinky/copper hues. Straight from the fridge (as I believe rosé should be) there is no nose to speak of, nothing to take me away to a distant dream of summer. I left it a few minutes with the hope of some improvement but alas, it was not to be. It kind of has a very mild whiff of watered-down dessert wine making one think it will be far too sweet. Oddly enough, it is by no means the sweetest or the worst alcohol-free wine I have tried. For a rosé, some of which are notorious for their overly sickly sweetness, this holds back from going too far down that particular avenue. Make no mistake though, it is sweet, but it also had a hint of tartness mid-drink that saves it from utter disaster. I can’t give you nuanced tasting notes because there are no nuanced notes to taste. I think Marks and Spencer’s approach to the alcohol-free wine market is a bit lazy. I won’t be buying this or the other two again. @marksandspencerfoodpr #alcoholfreewine #afwine #nonalcoholicwine #odaat #instasober #sobersuggestions #glowsober #sheisalcoholfree #soberprofessionals #rosewine #soberwomen #soberdrinks #soberdrinker #dryfebruary #sobercurious #sobercommunity #soberandstrong #givingupdrinking #stayingsoberthroughcorona #soberchoices #soberselfcare #sobersisters #sobersupport #mindfuldrinking #noalcohol #soberfriends #neverquestionthedecision #sobersingles #soberrunner #soberandgrateful
Drinking Alcohol free or low alcohol is not as straightforward as it could be. Designations on what is and what is not vary from country to country. In the UK the designations are as follows:
Alcohol Free is no more than 0.05% Alcohol Based Volume (ABV). De-alcoholised is no more than 0.5% ABV. Low alcohol no more than 1.2% ABV. If you are committed to Alcohol free, do check the labels of everything you drink. Anyway, Cheers! Happy exploring.
WARNING - this may upset you. Three years ago, my beautiful son, Jack died. He was in a car that was being driven by his friend. His friend had been drinking and was speeding when he crashed. Jack wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. I remember the phone call so well. Sunday 28 January about 7.50 in the evening. The crash was about 400 metres from my house. I’d heard the helicopter and the sirens. The road was shut off, but I could see them trying to revive someone on the roadside. The police let us down and we saw him briefly, covered in foil and machines and bolstered by orange blocks. The police took us to the hospital and we waited for hours until eventually, in the early hours of 29 January, someone came and said there was nothing more to be done. They said we had to get to the operating theatre quickly as he was going to die soon. We got there too late. Jack died on his own. My baby died in the same hospital in which he was born. Seeing him on the operating table, still with the tube in his mouth with a blue sheet barely covering his battered body is the worst and recurring memory I have – it will never leave me. Why am I telling you this? If you consider getting in your car when you’ve been drinking, or you don’t feel like wearing a seatbelt then remember this image. It might be difficult for you to think about but not as hard as it is to live it and re see it every day. I make no apologies for this post. I don’t want my son to have died in vain. If it stops one person getting behind the wheel after drinking, then there will be one less mother like me – forever with a broken heart.
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I am but a diamond under a mountain- unless I am mined I don’t think anyone will know or care! Still, sparkle I shall and if I am not found it is the loss of the world. We are all diamonds whether the world knows it or not ❤️❤️ @sober_selfcare
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No review today, I just want to share this with you. This picture is my most treasured possession. It is from another lifetime, now far, far away. It is of me and my beautiful boy Jack when he was seven years old. It represents a time of happy innocence for us both. Although he was just 22 when he died, Jack had a wonderful childhood full of Christmases filled with love and laughter and these memories are the stitches which hold my broken heart together. The pain of loss I feel is by balanced by two very simple things, those precious memories and perspective. There are so many children that do not get a childhood full of happy Christmases. That might be through illness, abuse, neglect, poverty or the sheer bad luck of being born in the wrong place at the wrong time. What I do know is that children do not choose their lives. They do not have the same choices we do as grown-ups. My son was very lucky in that respect. There are also so many adults that do not have the absolute joy of having children. Not through choice but by cruel twists of fate that mean for whatever reason it just was not meant to be. And then there are the parents who have lost their children during their early years, who have to live with the pain of the Christmases that will never be, the childhood not lived to its potential, the smiles not seen. As I come to my third Christmas without Jack, my day will be quiet. A visit to the cemetery, lighting a candle and hoping I can feel his presence in my now fragile heart. I will smile though, and I will do so as I remember my beautiful boy, his love of Christmas and the angel that he is now. Lots of love to those that need it today and everyday.
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Spirits are an interesting one
When you think that most have around 40% ABV you can understand why the alcohol-free version does not taste like its counterpart. It cannot. That is no bad thing though. In most cases what you are left with in the pure botanicals that form the foundation of the alcohol-based products. Gin is by far the most popular of all AF spirits but as this is a rapidly growing market the introduction of others (even whiskey) is coming thick and fast.
Low and Alcohol Beers have been somewhat of a revelation to me.
How are there so many out there and how did I not know they exists. It is such a shame pubs and restaurants do not to more to support these producers. For something to be defined as beer/ale it must be made by brewing and fermentation from cereals, usually malted barley, and flavoured with hops giving it a slightly bitter taste… Beer/Ale/Lager/Pilsner
Ah, Peroni, my old friend! Except it’s not. It’s a new friend, dressed a little bit like my old one. I’ve been a big fan of this slightly overpriced but equally lovely Italian gem for years. You won’t be surprised to learn that this doesn’t taste like Peroni. AF drinks don’t taste like their alcohol infused brothers and sisters but many lagers come very close to having the alcohol taste some are searching for. At risk of repeating myself, it really is the moment you are in and the actual taste of the drink, rather than whether it had any alcohol in it. In this case, I like this very much, it almost had a Belgian beer taste about it so I would say, yes it tastes like lager, but no, not like Peroni. The colour is very good and I like the crisp design of the bottle. I will definitely buy again and it will be an early sunny evening drink for me. I paired this with Halloumi salad but it also went very well with the Chinese takeaway I had the night before! By the way, Reggie dog is not allowed to the table at dinner time!