Mulled Wine Time!

Mulled Wine, A History

Glögg, Glühwein, Hippocras... throughout the ages Mulled Wine has been called many things, but to us we only use one word: "delightful." This winter wonder was first recorded in Rome in the 2nd century, when Romans heated their extra wine with spices to save it from being wasted. They added their own twist to the recipe and called it "Conditum Paradoxum," which translates roughly in Latin to "spiced." The Romans used honey, pepper, saffron and dates, and as the Roman Empire spread, so did the recipe.

Then, in the Middle Ages, the Black Plague ravaged Europe and made the recipe go viral! The added spices were believed to make people healthier and the lack of drinkable water made this drink even more enticing. The modern form and perception of mulled wine came from Victorian England, when Charles Dickens mentioned it in "A Christmas Carol," solidifying its association with the winter holidays.


How It's Made

Although there are many variations, Mulled Wine is usually made by adding a few shots of port or brandy per bottle of red wine. We suggest dry, fruit-driven wines like our Nguilleu Merlot, Sierra Trails Zinfandel, or Monarch Glen Merlot.  Now for the fun part - you can add anything from lemon and orange zest, to cloves and peppercorn, to allspice berries and sugar. Use spice to make it your own, then cook over medium heat until the sugars dissolve. Simmer to let the flavors meld, then pour through a fine-mesh sieve. Use a cinnamon stick for garnish and voilà!