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Mulled Wine: A Christmas Holiday Favorite

Spiced Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is a Christmas tradition. This tradition dates to the 16th century.  Prior to becoming a Christmas tradition, mulled wine can be traced to the Roman empire.

Mulled (pronounced mold) wine is a heated wine. Red wine was original served heated with mixed spices, lemon and honey.  Served heated to make the cold weather more manageable. Spices were added to promote good health and wellness. Honey and floral flavors hid the taste of bad wine.  Today, there are variations of mulled wine from red and white wines to sangria blends. mulled wine

Selecting Wines

You do not have to use an expensive wine.  Actually, if a wine was re-gifted to you, that may be the best wine to use as your base. You need a hearty wine like a Syrah, Malbec or Zinfandel.  Do not use light or medium body wine like a Pinot Noir. Mulled wine can be made with white wines also.   Riesling or Chenin Blanc are great white wines.  You want an aromatic white wines with low acid.

Preparing Mulled Wine

You want to make sure you do not burn off the alcohol. Heat slowly to a maximum temperature of 160 degrees. Keep a thermometer near.  The mixture loses alcohol when the temperature reaches 167 degrees. A crock pot is the best method to warm your concoction. Keep the setting on low.


Quick and Easy Recipe

Do you want to enjoy this holiday traditional without the measuring and mixing? Lt. Blender Wine Freezer makes a mulled wine mixture. wine-freezerYou only need three ingredients.  Add a bottle wine and water to the bag. (I prefer to forgo the water and add two bottles of wine). Shake the bag mixing all the ingredients, pour into pot and warm.  Garnish with cinnamon sticks.  You can purchase Wine Freezer at Amazon.com. Easy!!


Traditional Recipe

If you are up for the challenge, try this more traditional recipe. This recipe is courtesy of Kitchen Confidante.  I really love this recipe.




1 750-ml bottle red wine (perferrably a Maryland wine)

1 cup sugar

1 cup apple juice

2 lemons, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds

2 clementines, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds

3 cinnamon sticks

2 whole nutmeg

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1 teaspoon whole allspice



In a heavy saucepan or slow cooker, combine the wine, sugar, apple juice, fruit and spices. Warm the beverage slowly over low heat without boiling and allow the flavors to come together for at least one hour. Strain before serving, if you wish. Enjoy warm!

We have more mulled wine recipes on Vino 301’s Pinterest page.  Check out our page. You can also attend our Holiday Wine tasting class on December 10 at Old Line Wine Spirit and Bistro in Beltsville, MD.

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McCormick World of Flavors to Host Wine Pairing Featuring Vino 301; Holiday Dishes and Wine Tasting Included

Vino 301 Wine Concierge is partnering with McCormick World of Flavors to host a holiday cooking class and wine pairing on December 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 at Baltimore Harborplace. Attendees will taste local Maryland wines, learn unique dishes to serve them with and actually prepare the dishes themselves on the spot. With the holidays right around the corner, Vino 301 is thrilled to help individuals, couples and hostesses prepare a festive evening for family and friends.


“We at Vino 301 know that this can be a busy, entertaining time of year for those inviting friends and family over for the holidays,” said Jamila Guyton, Sales and Marketing Director “and we want to offer a fun and unique way to learn a new dish, enjoy some wine and have fun all at the same time.”


Attendees will learn and taste the different wines available and how to serve them best to accent the most flavorful appetizers. They will learn to cook the bite size dishes in an easy to follow, interactive, yet casual setting. The two-hour class will be valuable to those looking for the perfect holiday dishes, hosting parties, and wine lovers alike.


Leslie Frelow and her team at Vino 301 are passionate about wine and value the contributions of the local vintners and boutique wine producers. They enjoy sharing the richness, flavor, and passion captured in every bottle and want to bring that sentiment to the Baltimore area.


The event will take place at McCormick World of Flavors located at 301 Light Street in Baltimore, Maryland. To purchase tickets, call 443.853.1355. The event is  $40/person and complimentary parking is available. To learn more visit World of Flavors McCormick’s

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