Best Wine for Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is a traditional drink to enjoy during the colder months, typically made by heating red wine with spices, fruit, and sometimes a sweetener like honey or sugar. It’s a delicious and comforting way to warm up on a cold winter’s day, and the best part is that you can customize the recipe to your own taste.

So, what is the best wine for making mulled wine?

Here are a few guidelines to help you choose the perfect bottle for your mulled wine:

  • Use a full-bodied red wine. Mulled wine is usually made with red, full-bodied wine with bold flavors will stand up well to the spices and fruit that are added to the mix. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Zinfandel are all good choices. Avoid using a lighter-bodied wine like Pinot Noir, as it may get lost among the other flavors.
  • Choose a wine that is not too expensive: Mulled wine is made by heating the wine, which can alter the flavors and mask some of the subtleties of more expensive wine. It’s best to use a wine that is of good quality but not too expensive, as it will be mixed with other ingredients.
  • Experiment with different varietals: Don’t be afraid to try out different types of red wine in your recipe. Merlot, Malbec, and Grenache are all good options to consider. You may even want to mix and match a few different varietals to see which one you like best.
  • Consider the sweetness level: Mulled wine is typically sweetened with honey or sugar, but the sweetness level can be adjusted to your taste. If you prefer a drier taste choose a wine that is on the drier side. If you prefer a sweeter version, opt for a wine that is slightly sweeter.

5 Wines you should use for mulled wine

Cabernet Sauvignon

This full-bodied red wine has bold flavors and structure, making it a good choice. It has notes of black currant, blackberry, and cassis, as well as hints of oak and tannins, which will stand up well to the spices and fruit in the recipe.

Syrah

Syrah (Shiraz), is another red wine full in the body that is great for mulling. It has flavors of blackberry, black pepper, and dark chocolate, as well as a robust tannin structure. It will add depth and complexity to your recipe.

Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a full-bodied red wine with bold fruit flavors, including raspberry, blackberry, and cherry. It also has a hint of spice, which will complement the other spices in the recipe.

Merlot

Merlot is a medium-bodied red wine with softer tannins and flavors of black cherry, plum, and chocolate. It’s a good choice for those who prefer a slightly softer, smoother mulled wine.

Malbec

Malbec is a full-bodied red wine with bold fruit flavors, including blackberry and plum, as well as hints of spice and chocolate. It will add depth and complexity to your mulled wine.

Wines that won’t work!

There are a few types of wine that you might want to avoid when making mulled wine.

Light-bodied red wines

Wines like Pinot Noir are typically too light and delicate in flavor to hold up well in a mulled wine recipe. They may get lost among the other ingredients and not contribute much flavor to the final product.

White wines

While white wines are delicious on their own, don’t use them in mulled wine recipes as they do not have the same bold flavors and structure as red wines.

Very expensive wines

The flavors of a more expensive wine can be masked when heated and mixed with other ingredients in a mulled wine recipe. It’s better to use a wine that is of good quality but not too expensive, as it is mixed with other ingredients.

These are just a few suggestions, and you can always experiment with different varietals to find the one that you like best. The key is to use a full-bodied red wine with bold flavors that will stand up well to the spices and fruit in the recipe.

Mulled Wine Recipe

This recipe by Jessica Randhawa at theforkedspoon.com really hits the spot. I can’t find any way to improve on it, so look no further.

Conclusion

Ultimately, the best wine for making mulled wine is a matter of personal preference. Experiment with different varietals and sweetness levels to find the combination that you enjoy the most. Just don’t use an expensive wine because you really don’t need to. 

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