Mulling is an ancient practice that dates to 2nd century Rome, when wine was heated and infused with various spices. As the Romans traveled across Europe, mulled wine was introduced to the people, who embraced the beverage that eventually came to be known as wassail. It was especially popular in medieval England during the winter months, although mulling spices were used to flavor beer and cider as well as wine. 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine 1 orange, sliced into rounds 1/4 cup brandy (optional) 1/4 cup honey or sugar 8 whole cloves 2 cinnamon sticks 2 star anise optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan, cover and bring to a simmer (not a boil - you don't want to boil the alcohol out!) over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes. Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes. *You can also place the oranges, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in a cheesecloth. Then simply strain and pull out the bundle when ready to serve. Spices and sugar can be adjusted to your personal taste.
Something exiting for you to try in our store, where you can have your wine barrel aged in our Hungarian oak barrels. Hungarian oak will impart some wonderful flavours such as coffee, caramel and vanilla. In a small barrel due to the large surface volume ratio the aging process takes as little as an extra two weeks and your wine is ready to drink. No need to wait for six months of bottle aging. Our barrels are suitable for most red wines.
The purpose of a wine glass stem is to provide a place for you to handle the glass and avoid changing the wine's temperature. You should hold a wine glass by its stem so white wines stay cool and red wines don't warm any more than necessary. So what about the new stemless wine glasses? If you use them properly and fill them only one-third full to allow room for swirling the wine, you will still have ample room to handle the glass at the top. This way, your warm hands don't warm the wine.
When Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened in 1922, the wine jars buried with him were labeled with the year, the name of the winemaker, and comments such as “very good wine.” The labels were so specific that they could actually meet modern wine label laws of several countries.
The final word on nutrition and health. 1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the English. 2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the English. 3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the English. 4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the English. 5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the English. CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.
During Prohibition years when alcohol sales were banned by the 18th amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1920-1933) wine growers would put large labels on their grape juice that stated: "Warning: Will Ferment and turn into wine," and then proceeded to give detailed instructions of what NOT to do so the grape juice would not accidentally turn into wine!