Another month is here with some great holidays within. December is the time for the Germanic holiday of St. Nicholas, the please everyone holiday of Bake Cookies day (on Dec. 18th), and even the strange holiday of Humbug Day on Dec. 21st where you can vent your frustrations about Christmas preparation. All those aside, there are also the holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and various others. No matter what you celebrate may it be now or later, here you will find some great celebratory wines and a mulled wine recipe to get you through the cold weather.
Starting off the features for December are the sparkling Moscato and Prosecco from Cupcake Vineyards. If you are looking for something to drink while baking cookies on the 18th or while complaining about not being prepared on the 21st, both of these will fill that niche. The Moscato is extremely easy to drink being sweet and citrusy, and the Prosecco is a slight change with a dryer lemon citrus that would be a great combination with Orange Juice or Cranberry Juice at breakfast.
This weeks feature is wonderful, brought in special for the holidays, this wine is sure to liven up any party. Noe comes from South-East France and is made from the Carignan grape, a very odd grape at that. This wine is a deep purple/red and ripe earthy fruits followed by a flavor of smokey black currants and a hint of oak. Not overly drying, this wine is a great one to sit and sip with friends and family, or pair with a big bold flavors. (This would also make a great wine for mulling because there is not a lot of fruity sweetness to compete with the sugar you would add.
Up next we have a recipe for mulled wine, one of the favorite drinks during the colder months along with Brandy-Eggnog. All the recipes you might find will have very changing ingredients from orange or lemon peel, some might have nutmeg or cardamom, but they all have a common requirement of cinnamon sticks, clove, allspice and sugar.
Recipe used in the picture:
1btl of wine: Wrongo Dongo
4 sticks of cinnamon
large pinch of fresh ground nutmeg
1/3 cup of Sugar
Mix everything in a sauce pan till the sugar is dissolved.
Laddle yourself a mug, add a shot or two of your favorite Brandy and enjoy.