Mulled wine 2018

It’s that time of year when we are having cold nights and icy mornings. You know you are in for a cold one when the evenings have clear skies with pinks and purples in the Eastern sky. As the night sets in the fields start glistening with Jack Frost’s breath, his fingers are reaching into our houses and we huddle around the blazing log fire with rich casseroles, big reds and of course¬†our sought after Mulled Wine.

Mulled wine is the English version of what is known as Gluhwein in Germany and is a¬†traditional spicy winter drink made from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, oranges studded with cloves and sugar. Traditionally it is sold at Christmas outdoor craft markets in Germany, or at home people warm it in a teapot with a little tea light. I’ve been told by German migrants that in their old country it is served in half sized glass cups like the one in the picture, as it is essential to keep it warm. When you visit our cellar door you can enjoy it with us around our fire pit! It is also sold in these pubs in the Adelaide Hills: Gray’s Inn, Mt Barker, and Bridgewater Inn, Bridgewater. Available over the counter and in their bottle shops! In The Lobethal Hotel it’s available just in the bottle shop. As it’s just down the road from us it’s a good place to stock up if we are closed or have run out!!

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