On not drinking alcohol – Shloer Giveaway.

by Veronica on June 30, 2013

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I don’t drink alcohol. Part of this is the Ehlers Danlos – my body doesn’t process alcohol very well and I end up as hungover from two sips as I do from an all night bender. The other side of things is that I have an addictive personality and when I start drinking, I want to get very drunk, very quickly (and stay that way, preferably). I know this about myself, so hence I don’t drink anymore.

Shloer got in touch with me a few weeks back to ask if I wanted to try their non-alcoholic wine. I’m a big fan of anything fruit based and fizzy, and so I agreed to try their drinks and run a giveaway.

non alcoholic wine

I really liked the red grape sparkling juice, because it wasn’t overly sweet. It doesn’t taste anything like wine and that’s okay with me – but if you’re a wine drinker and looking for something with the taste but without the alcohol, then this might not be for you. It is nice though – and no artificial colours or sweeteners makes it a plus in my book.

The white grape juice tasted more like a wine and it was sweeter too, but still nice. I wasn’t as big a fan of it – probably because of the wine flavour, but I still drank the two bottles I received .

If you’re pregnant and looking for something to serve at a baby shower, Shloer is nice. Also it would be good to serve at kids parties, etc etc.

Because Shloer would also like you to try some of their products, they’ve offered me an amazing hamper to giveaway!

hamper hamper list

Frankly, I’m a bit envious that I don’t get one of these hampers too! How nice does that stuff look?

If you’d like to win, leave me a comment below letting me know where you’d serve Shloer, and why. I’ll pick the best entry.

Competition closes on the 10th of July. One entry per household. Entry is only open to Australian addresses. Etc etc. All the standard stuff. No offensive entries.

I received four bottles of Shloer to try in exchange for this giveaway. Opinions are my own. Normally I wouldn’t do something like this unpaid, but the giveaway component made it worthwhile for you guys.

After much deliberation, Toni, you are my lucky winner! I’ll be in touch shortly.

{ 35 comments }

linda June 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm

we love the elderflower cordial and id love to try the rest im thinking the park picnics would great i could have a drink while still staying sober & id love to see the look on the other park mums faces as i sip my non-wine at 10am hehehe no judgement please.

Wendy Christidis June 30, 2013 at 2:12 pm

We are going away with friends for a few days down to a beach house! This hamper would be amazing to share with our friends! Nothing better than good company, a beautiful view and fine gourmet food to share together!!!!

Jacqueline June 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm

I don’t drink Alcohol and would love to win this. My friends and I often have a college lawn, we sit on a blanket and eat, drink & catch up. It would be wonderful if I could win this to share with my friends :)

Vija June 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I have quite a few birthday parties coming up in the next few weeks. The Shloer non-alcoholic wine sounds like a great way to serve the non drinkers and designated drivers.

Kris Franken June 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Hi Veronica

What an amazing giveaway. I rarely drink alcohol so this would be perfect in my alcohol-free and totally delicious smocktails. Sounds like the red grape sparkling juice would be tasty with tonic water, lime and fresh pomegranate. Or perhaps a squeeze of orange juice, fresh apple slices and honey. And I’d love to try the white grape with elderflower cordial and fresh raspberries for a guilt-free summer cocktail. Yum!

All served with a sumptuous spread of tapas…. olives, cheese, chilli octopus, lamb soft tacos, guacamole, lavosh and anchovies. I’m sure I’d find a way to include all the gorgeous foodstuffs in the hamper. Such a treat!

Linda C June 30, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Shloer non-alcoholic wine sounds perfect for me. I rarely drink and often feel like the odd one out or the 3rd wheel.

Lucy June 30, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Wow. What a giveaway. So much deliciousness in one box! And oh-so-easy to throw together when feeling tired and a bit teary (or for someone else to do whilst attending to my woes!). Being 5months pregnant has meant that alcohol is not high on my list. Purely because i dont feel like it at all. I don’t subscribe to the ridiculous what you can and can’t eat, I consume what I feel like. But I do miss the conviviality that sharing a “bubbles” with friends brings. I also miss clinking glasses with my partner on the weekend. Soda water doesnt always cut it as an ‘occasion’ beverage!!! With a baby shower on the horizon, this is a great suggestion, cos I gather drinking WITH kids is a bit like shooting yourself in the foot. Initially fun, then hurts a lot for ages after. And I wouldn’t miss out! Schloer all round.
I’m heading out to have a squiz for some Schloer now, Sunday night roast at Mums with a real glass of delicious fizz is ahead!
Thanks for the heads up Von xx

Rusty Hoe June 30, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Now that’s a giveaway! I do love the occasional wine but like you I pretty much look at the glass and I’m plastered these days. It’d be so nice to pop on the fire, sit back with Mr Grumpy and have something a wee bit more special than water to drink whilst he has a glass of shiraz. Plus nibblies and dinner sorted. Perfect.

Fiona June 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Relaxing on a white sandy beach, picnic hamper with some Shloer in reach. Family around, kids happy at play. The beach and some Shloer = an awesome day!

river June 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm

That’s an amazing hamper! Mmm, ginger and lemongrass cordial…
I would love to win this and cart the whole hamper down to my daughter’s place the next time she has a family barbecue. There’s something in there for everyone!

Amber Pearson June 30, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I would like to take it to our end of term Playgroup Picnic. We organise treats for the kiddies but it would be nice to have it for all the Mum’s. We deserve a little bit of a treat without the alcohol as some of us are pregnant,breastfeeding, non-drinkers. Plus who wants to see a group of Mum’s drinking wine with the Children playing!

Tracy Boulter June 30, 2013 at 5:13 pm

We have a gorgeous undercover area at our local marina, ideal for picnics and hotplates for a BBQ. This delighful package would turn a family get together or special occasion into an indulgent gourmet experience.

Marita June 30, 2013 at 5:29 pm

I’m a non drinker too and would love some grown up looking drinks to take to gatherings with the extended family.

Karen June 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I’d love to serve the Shloer non-alcoholic wine when my friends come on there next visit. I don’t drink alcohol and they need to drive home so maybe I can convert a few of them to swap to Shloer.

kelley @ magnetboldtoo June 30, 2013 at 7:26 pm

My brother and sister in love are coming for a visit in August.

They only eat the best of the best and my SIL can be a little precious about it.

Would love to blow her little mind with a fancy spread. And the grape juice would be perfect for her as she is pregnant (the nougat for ME ALL FOR ME OMMM NOMMM NOMMM)

Watershedd June 30, 2013 at 9:53 pm

My team at work is composed of the people from more nations than I care to count and several are muslim. I would share the Shloer at the next staff lunch or after work do. If they were lucky, I may find 5 minutes to cook up some of the other wonderful supplies for dish as well!

Jenny June 30, 2013 at 10:36 pm

What a lovely hamper. I think we need a family getaway and we could take this with us. Oldest son would love to feel special having a drink with mummy. And daddy who actually likes wine could get his own :)

Emma June 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm

I also have EDS and Fibro and migraines and have had to give up alcohol. My partner’s family are also Mormon so we’d love to have something to serve when we all get together.
It would be too much to hope that a marriage equality bill will pass and we’d finally be able to get married after 13 years together.

PinkElephants July 1, 2013 at 10:07 am

I’d love to have this hamper to present to my parents-in-law in a few weeks time. We are taking a trip to their place to announce my pregnancy, although it also coincides with my birthday. As they dont drink alcohol, and I wont be either, this would be a lovely way to surprise them and to celebrate our news.

Also, where can we buy Shloer products? I might just have to buy some anyway.

Rachel @skullandcrosstales July 1, 2013 at 11:49 am

This hamper looks amazing!
I would love to take the Shloer with me next time I visit my parents, who live in the Margaret River wine region of WA. It would be fantastic to have a couple of glasses of Shloer while everyone else is indulging – I especially love that there is both a ‘red’ and a ‘white’ version!

Mary Preston July 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm

It’s only Monday – how is that possible. By Friday I’m looking for a little, a lot really, indulgent treats and goodies. This amazing Shloer hamper would more then serve the purpose. Better still , if it’s prepared and served up to me. Family time to chill out and enjoy. Nothing better.

Lauren July 2, 2013 at 10:02 am

Yum! I love trying new things and this hamper looks like something I could share with some friends we plan to meet halfway between Sydney (where we are) and Melb (where they are) ! We visited them when we moved from Tasmania on our way from the spirit of Tasmania upto Sydney and they put a feast on for us. Friends we hadn’t seen for a couple of years, but ones we always pick up where we left off! I’d love to re pay them for their breakfast feast with a delicious hamper to share !!

Kristie July 2, 2013 at 11:04 am

We are going away at the end of the holidays. Would love to serve this up to appear far more refined and classy than I will be in my ugg boots!

Vanessa @ babblingbandit.me July 2, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I’d love to win because I recently celebrated five years of sobriety from drugs and alcohol. I also love winning things, particularly of the hamper variety. Thanks, V.

Rebecca July 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm

We are going on a family holiday soon. Our last attempt was 4 years ago. At the time I was 4 months pregnant and regularly vomiting. My husbands mother visited and was particularly expressive with her low opinion of me (think Everybody Loves Raymond but without the comedic element). After a few tears (lots), I celebrated her departure by frolicking in the sunshine for far too long and stupidly getting sunburnt. My lovely husband went to the only shop in town to find something comfortable I could wear…he returned with a bright yellow, billowy, floral poncho (kaftan? moo-moo?) complete with tassels. I spent the remainder of the holiday in my new outfit, sunburnt, pregnant, vomiting and occasionally crying. I can laugh about it now! We are re-staging our holiday and I’d love to surprise my partner with this lovely hamper. Shloer sounds great….it would be awesome to have a “drink” without compromising our responsible parenting duties! :)

Toni July 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm

My partner and I are both Uni students, we have 3 kids and live on Austudy. A couple of weeks ago we hit a Kangaroo in our car and wrote it off. We had to borrow the money off my parents for a secondhand car so we could still get around and get the kids to school and cadets. After we pay our bills and get food for the week we are left with $20 to our names. Our birthdays are coming up in September, and that would be an awesome hamper that we could share as neither of us drinks.

janet July 4, 2013 at 12:51 am

Hi Veronica,
I don’t drink alcohol either, because I’m allergic to the sulfites which are in so many wines and beers, but also because it makes me feel blahhhh. I’m glad this company is making festive and bubbly alternatives. I live too far away to win… just wanted to add my two-cents’- worth.

Super Sarah July 4, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I love meeting my mum friends at the park, the children can run wild and play and we can sit and catch up. Some one will bring snacks and someone will always say how nice it would be to have a glass of wine, but it’s usually 2pm and we have kids after all! This would be the best park picnic ever and guilt free!

Em July 4, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I’d serve it at Sunday family dinner. A tradition I started because I love cooking scrummy food that I get to share with four generations of my family!

dharawal July 5, 2013 at 12:37 am

Get togethers with my extended family were always interesting when I was younger because they all liked to drink, and drink a lot. At Christmas time at my Nans in the morning it would not be uncommon for at least both of my uncles and one of my Aunts to be “merry” by 10am.

Until one Christmas just after my favourite uncle died, one of my other Uncles made an unfortunate remark about said deceased Uncle to his son. Other Uncle was drunk of course and made things worse by not taking anyone’s advice about shutting up and my Cousin decked drunk Uncle.

My Nan decided there and then to ban alcohol from family gatherings from then on and things were so much more pleasant and friendly, so this lovely collection would be ideal for the upcoming family get together.

Amy R July 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Hey V,

With EDS, is alcohol sensitivity an issue for most people? Or is it more subjective than that?

Veronica July 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm

From what I’ve heard anecdotally, it can definitely be. Hangovers tend to be worse, from what I’ve heard. That said, oft times drugs don’t work the same way on people with EDS, either being super resistant, or very sensitive. Like local anaesthetics? They work terribly on me. My dentists normally use a nerve block instead.

Amy R July 6, 2013 at 9:00 am

Interesting. I can do alcohol, but not local anesthetics either. Can I ask what nerve block they use for you? I can’t find a dentist to touch me with a 10′ pole, even for a cleaning. I’m beginning to suspect my dx of fibromyalgia is incorrect. I’m not sure EDS is well known by doctors here in the States and may be lumping it all under the fibro heading.

Veronica July 6, 2013 at 10:14 am

I don’t know what they use, I’ve never asked? And it’s very possible. EDS seems to be rather common. The more I talk about it, the more people I find with very similar issues. xx

Catherine Roberts July 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Like you my body doesnt handle alcoholic stuff and I feel like a bombs hit me next day even with half a glass,thanks for bringing this to the fore Ill keep an eye out for it

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