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Hot mulled wine, which has become typical of Christmas markets in North, Central and Alpine Europe, dates back to the Roman Empire, where a mixture composed of honey, spices, dates and quality wine was frequently consumed. Written documents from the Middle Ages have revealed recipes of wines called « Piment » or «  Hypocras » originating from Catalonia or Languedoc, and maybe even from Domaine La Yole…At the 13th Century, Montpellier had specialised in spiced and mulled wine trade. Producing wine requiring Oriental spices was made possible thanks to the neighbouring harbour of Lattes, through which the latter were imported. This wine was named « garhiofilatum »,  – the Latin word for cloves -, cloves being one of the most important ingredients in mulled wine. It was so renowned that even King Henry the 3rd supplied his castle with garhiofilatum. Its fame then extended towards Scandinavia at the end of the Middle Ages with King Gustave the 1st  having mulled wine made for him with Rhine wine, sugar, honey and spices (cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and clover). In Sweden, it is named « glögg » ;  in Denmark, it is known under the term of « gløgg », whereas in Finland, people call it « glögi ». In Germany, it is referred to as « Glühwein », and in Italy as « Vino brulè ». Nowadays, hot mulled wine is a drink that is appreciated throughout the entire Western world, especially during Winter time or for Christmas. (Inspiration : Wikipedia France)

Try our delicious hot mulled-wine recipe, inspired from marmiton.org and that can be made using wine from Domaine La Yole !

Ingredients (for 12 people) : 1.5 litre of La Yole’s « Hédéia Rouge »  or « Bag-In-Box Merlot »  red wine, 200g of brown sugar, 1 lemon zest, 1 orange zest, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 star anise, 2 cloves, 1 piece of chopped ginger, as much grated nutmeg as can fit on the tip of a knife blade.

Preparation: Mix all the ingredients together and bring to boil very slowly. Allow to boil for 5 minutes. Filter with a sieve and serve hot in a glass. Decorate each glass with a slice of orange.

Cheers! Prost! Tchin! Proost ! May the magic of Christmas be with you!

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