Mulled wine time is easy to recognize; the beanies get thicker, the nose absorbs the smell of pastries from the warm swaths of the kitchens and people are faster every day when it comes to finding the perfect gift. Perfect gift? Simply mulled wine. Sweet, heady and a warming feeling on top. Must be the much quoted spirit of Christmas. Nope, it's just delicious mulled wine in the warm hands.
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The warmth of winter: a journey through the world of mulled wine
Mulled wine, also known as mulled wine or glögg, is an essential part of winter traditions in many cultures around the world. This delicious hot drink transforms the cold winter days into cozy moments of warmth and fellowship. Let us take you on a journey through the world of mulled wine. From its history to the different varieties and preparation methods.
The history of mulled wine
The history of mulled wine goes back to ancient Rome. Back then, spiced wine was made from warm wine, honey and spices to warm people up during the cold months. While the Romans were the pioneers of mulled wine, the tradition later spread through European monasteries in the Middle Ages. The monks found that mulled wine was a perfect way to warm the body in the cold and preserve wine at the same time. Over the centuries, different countries developed their own variation of mulled wine.
Mulled wine - the punch for frosty days year after year
So off we go into the cold season, with a mulled wine, red or white, ready-spiced and ready to heat up. But be careful: Do not heat above 80° C. This is so important, we'll say it again: Do not heat above 80° C! Otherwise the alcohol will escape and the taste will also suffer. Mulled wine is essential for cozy winter days and nights and tastes good to both family and friends. So buy mulled wine, heat it up (max. 80° C) and celebrate a legendary Advent market.
The taste of mulled wine
The taste of dark red mulled wine traditionally comes from fine red wine, the peel of a ripe orange or lemon, cloves, cinnamon, star anise and sugar. Sweet and fruity, with a hint of cookie. Beyond that, there are no limits to creativity. Vanilla, coriander and mace flowers give the mulled wine that certain freshness kick. White mulled wines made from fine and sweet white wine are also becoming increasingly popular and are just as delicious.
Caution: The demand for hot mulled wine is so high that the quality suffers due to the high quantity. Mediocre red wine is mixed with sugar and juice to conceal its poor quality. However, our range of vegan organic mulled wine and vintner's mulled wine does not include such additives in the bottle. At VINELLO, you'll find high-quality mulled wines from exquisite and delicious winegrowers.
Vintner mulled wine vs. mulled wine
Mulled wine and conventional mulled wine are both subject to the same guidelines. The difference between mulled wine and vintner's mulled wine lies mainly in the origin of the base wine. If the base wine comes from the winegrower's own vineyards, the winegrower may call the product mulled wine.
In the case of purchased wine or grape must, indications such as Winzerglühwein, Burg, Domäne, Schloss, Stift, Weinbau, Weingärtner, Winzer and Weingut are not permitted as words or components in accordance with the Wine Ordinance § 38 Para. 1a.
In addition, Winzerglühwein is sweetened exclusively with natural substances, whereas mulled wine from the supermarket often contains sugar.
The basic ingredients
The basic ingredients for mulled wine are wine, spices and often some sweetener. Here are the main ingredients:
Wine: Red or white wine is the basis for mulled wine. Which type is used depends on personal preference. In Germany, for example, red wine is often used, while in Scandinavia and the UK, white wine is often preferred.
Spices: The spices give the mulled wine its characteristic aroma. Commonly used spices include cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, ginger and orange peel. These spices are added to the hot wine and give it a spicy, aromatic note.
Sweetener: To make the mulled wine a little sweeter, you can add sugar, honey or fruit juice. The amount of sweetener can vary according to taste.
Different types of mulled wine
There are numerous varieties of mulled wine, which vary from country to country and even from region to region. Here are some of the best known:
German mulled wine: In Germany, mulled wine is an integral part of the Christmas market. It is usually made with red wine, spiced with cinnamon, cloves and orange peel. It is often served with a shot of rum or amaretto.
Scandinavian glögg: Glögg is particularly popular in Sweden and Norway. It usually contains red wine and a mixture of spices such as cardamom and cloves. Almonds and raisins are often added and it is served hot.
British Mulled Wine: In the UK, red wine is often used and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg are added. It is also common here to add orange juice or apple juice for a fruitier taste.
Tips for preparing mulled wine
There are a few important things to bear in mind when making mulled wine:
Do not use expensive wine: As the wine is heated and spiced, it is not necessary to use an expensive wine. An inexpensive wine will usually do just as well.
Do not boil: Mulled wine should never boil, as this can evaporate the alcohol and affect the flavor. It should only be hot enough to activate the spices.
Allow time to infuse: Leave the mulled wine to infuse for a while after heating so that the aromas can fully develop.
Mulled wine is a drink that warms people's hearts in the cold winter months. Whether you enjoy the German tradition of the Christmas market or a sip of Glögg in Sweden. Mulled wine is an indispensable companion during the cold season, reflecting the history and diversity of cultures.
Red mulled wine recipe
A good mulled wine stands and falls with the choice of wine, after all, it provides the basis. A dry Pinot Noir or Dornfelder offers us everything we need. For our mulled wine recipe, we bring the Pinot Noir from the Kilian Hunn winery up to temperature. Caution: never let it boil!
We also need
1 organic orange
4 tablespoons of blossom honey
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
1 vanilla pod
We heat the wine in a pan to around 78° C. The wine should by no means boil - this will cause the alcohol to evaporate and the wine to become bitter.
Now you can add the spices and orange slices to the pan. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to infuse for 1-2 hours.
Then reheat the mulled wine, taste, season if necessary and enjoy.
Have you tried it yet? Mulled wine is also available in white, rosé and non-alcoholic. Take a look at our VINELLO.magazine and discover more delicious recipes.
Our VINELLO mulled wine recommendations and offers
White vintner's mulled wine Herrenhaus Feuerzauber 1.0 l - Lergenmüller
The traditional Lergenmüller winery, which produces a mulled wine as well as really great wine, enchants gourmets even on chilly days. With Feuerzauber, the winery, which has been active for over 400 years, has succeeded in creating a top white mulled wine with a sublime personality. A taste that is unparalleled - but has yet to be found. The mulled wine comes to you ready to drink and with a fine sweetness. Also available as red mulled wine. Can also be enjoyed cold.
Red organic mulled wine - Heißer Hirsch
Organic, vegan, beastly delicious. Heißer Hirsch is conquering the nation's Christmas markets and satisfying craving palates and cold hands. Get authentic and tasty red mulled wine from the pack from the Black Forest for your home. Noble Merlot from organic cultivation, refined with selected ingredients and a good portion of self-confidence. It will also satisfy your taste buds. Pick up the scent - hot stags are in circulation.
If you don't like mulled wine in liquid form, try our recipe for mulled wine cake!
Buy cheap mulled wine offers online
Winter is just around the corner, and so are your shivering friends, who are certainly not averse to a high-quality mulled wine. Discover how noble mulled wine can be and order your favorite, as a single bottle or in a wine package, at VINELLO. Shop safely and benefit from insured and climate-neutral delivery. We send your bottles safely wherever you want and offer numerous payment options. Buy mulled wine to suit your taste and get through the dark season with a sweet, quality mulled wine. Or whenever you want. Your decision, your mulled wine, your wine merchant VINELLO.
Things to know about Mulled Wine
What is mulled wine? Mulled wine is a warmed and sweetened spiced wine, which gets its characteristic taste from fruits and spices such as star anise, cinnamon, cloves. Glühwein is mostly drunk in the cold seasons and belongs to every Christmas market.
Why not cook mulled wine? If a mulled wine is heated above 80° C, the alcohol evaporates, the taste suffers and the sugar degradation product hydroxymethylfurfural is formed, which is said to have harmful attributes. Moreover, mulled wine should not be warmed in copper kettles, as the fruit acid in the wine can dissolve copper. Therefore, heat your mulled wine to a medium heat level, around 70° C, and you'll be on the safe side with no adverse effects on taste.
What to eat mulled wine? A warming cup of mulled wine is usually served outside when music is playing and friends are standing in a circle. Thus Christmas cookies and Stollen as well as Hubertusschmalz on rustic bread are always gladly seen as addition. But also a bowl of goulash or stew refines the pleasure.
Mulled wine what grape variety? Red wine mulled wine is often made from Merlot, Dornfelder or Pinot Noir. White grape varieties for mulled wine include Chardonnay, Riesling or Müller-Thurgau.
What goes into mulled wine? Mulled wine consists of only a few ingredients: Red wine or white wine Cinnamon stick Organic orange Cloves Star anise For mulled wine recipes in all colors, take a look at our VINELLO.magazine.
Which mulled wine is vegan? Both Glühmeister and Heißer Hirsch mulled wines are vegan organic mulled wines.
Which mulled wine for Feuerzangenbowle? The recipes for mulled wine and Feuerzangenbowle are very similar, but no mulled wine goes into the punch, but high-quality red wine.
How to heat mulled wine? Slowly and unhurriedly up to 70° C.
How long to boil mulled wine? Mulled wine should never boil and should only be warmed over medium heat. Ideally, you taste the mulled wine from time to time, so that you are always aware of the temperature.
Who invented mulled wine? Spiced and sweetened wine has been known since ancient times and possibly even before. The first written mention of what could be called mulled wine came from the pen of the Roman gourmet Apicius, who described Conditum Paradoxum - a spiced wine that is heated several times. Kitchen-ready mulled wine as we know it today was first produced and sold by Rudolf Kunzmann in 1956.
What is the percentage volume of alcohol in mulled wine? By law, a minimum alcohol content of 7% by volume is required. In fact, most mulled wines have an alcohol content of between 9 and 14% by volume.
Where can you find mulled wine now? Glühwein and Winzerglühwein can be bought all year round. At VINELLO there are still stocks of mulled wine and you can buy it online.
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