Mulled wine is a sweet wintertime beverage, especially delicious on a cold winter night. It’s made by heating wine and mulling spices so the flavors combine into a delicious, warm, spice-packed beverage. We make it here at the San Antonio Winery every holiday season for our guests to enjoy. We’d like to share our newest mulled wine recipe with you to enjoy on those chilly winter nights.
Mulled wine can be made a number of different ways with numerous types of wines and spices. Traditionally, it consists of a dry red wine, cinnamon, cloves, citrus, ginger, bay leaf, saffron, and dates. In ancient Greek times, mulled wine was created to prevent the portion of grapes that didn’t make it to the harvest from spoiling. They would infuse it with spices for flavoring and serve it warm.
Our mulled wine recipe uses our Maddalena Merlot, La Quinta Syrah Port, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange, and star anise. It can be made on the stove top or even in a slow cooker. Give our simple mulled wine recipe a try. The simmering spices will make your whole house smell like the holidays!
Ingredients (yields 9 servings)
• 1 (750-ml) bottle Maddalena Merlot
• 375 ml (½ of a 750-ml bottle) of La Quinta Syrah Port
• 1 tsp. cinnamon
• ½ tsp. nutmeg
• 4 whole cloves
• handful of fresh cranberries
• 1 orange, zested and juiced
• 3 star anise
• cinnamon sticks (for garnish)
Combine Merlot, port wine, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cranberries, orange zest, orange juice, and star anise in a large pot. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes. Serve warm in mugs or mason jars and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. It’s that special time of the year we get a break from our hectic schedules and can reconnect with friends and family while devouring our favorite comfort foods.
Although we love traditional favorites, the best Thanksgiving menu includes both classic family recipes and dishes with a modern twist. Feast your eyes on some of these Thanksgiving food and wine pairings featuring Maddalena Wines, San Simeon Wines, Stella Rosa, and Bodega Sangria!
Stuffing & Maddalena Pinot Grigio
A light white wine like Maddalena Pinot Grigio has the perfect flavor profile to elevate the rich and savory flavors in a buttery stuffing, allowing the strong array of spices and herbs to come through. When pairing wine with foods, it’s important to make sure that the flavors complement each other. Stuffing has such a distinct flavor that when selecting a wine to pair with it, we wanted to choose a wine with a delicate flavor, making Maddalena Pinot Grigio the perfect fit.
Classic Mashed Potatoes & Stella Rosa Imperiale Moscato Rose
This pairing had us at mashed potatoes! But to add some finesse to our childhood favorite, we added Stella Rosa Imperiale Moscato Rose and fell in love all over again! Stella Rosa Imperiale Moscato Rose gives some pep to the mashed potatoes’ step with its notes of apricots and wildflower. The fizz in Imperiale Moscato Rose left us wanting more!
Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole & San Simeon Chardonnay
The bright fruit flavors of San Simeon Chardonnay pairs nicely with creamy sweet potato casserole. We made a salted pecan crust for our sweet potato casserole, bringing out even more of the toasty vanilla flavors in the wine.
Truffled Mac and Cheese & Stella Rosa Rosso
A hearty dish like Truffled Mac & Cheese requires a sturdy, distinct wine to pair with. And that perfect wine is Stella Rosa Rosso. It brightens up the nutty truffle flavors and mellows out the zingy cheesy goodness.
Glazed Maple Carrots & Stella Rosa Moscato D’Asti
The most delicious and easiest way we like to eat our veggies is with Stella Rosa Moscato D’Asti! We used fresh carrots and marinated them in maple syrup and cinnamon until they were soft. Moscato D’Asti has notes of honey, pear, and apricot, creating a nectarous flavor combination.
Buttermilk Cornbread & Maddalena Muscat Canelli
The deliciousness of crumbly buttermilk cornbread paired with semi-sweet Maddalena Muscat Canelli is a flavor we are thankful for! The mild sweetness of the cornbread and wine creates a smooth, delicious, and refreshing fusion of flavors.
Corn Pudding & Bodega Sangria
We couldn’t leave Bodega Sangria out of the Thanksgiving mix. Bodega Sangria cut the hearty creaminess of the corn pudding nicely, leaving room for our palate to taste our favorite sangria that bursts with notes of fresh citrus fruit and cinnamon.
Pumpkin Pie & Stella Rosa Peach
Our Thanksgiving dinner was so delicious, we almost thought of skipping dessert, but we just couldn’t bring ourselves to leave out the classic Thanksgiving indulgence, pumpkin pie! When selecting a wine to pair with it, we began thinking of the robust pumpkin filling on the bed of flakey, buttery crust. Stella Rosa Peach brought out the nutty and slightly sweet flavors of the pumpkin and paired nicely with the creamy whipped topping.
Apple Pie & Stella Rosa Platinum
Okay, we know we already had pumpkin pie, but we figured, what’s Thanksgiving without apple pie!? And Thanksgiving is the time to indulge in our favorite foods, so we added one last pairing to our Thanksgiving menu: Apple Pie and Stella Rosa Platinum! Stella Rosa Platinum has a semi-sweet taste and wraps your palate in luscious notes of green apple and vanilla, the perfect complement for a slice of apple pie.
We have a lot to be thankful for, but most of all, we are thankful for all of you, our supporters! And because we are so thankful, we are giving away online promo codes for our wine! Follow Maddalena Wines, San Simeon Wines, Stella Rosa, and Bodega Sangria on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to be the first to know about November and December’s giveaways and holiday specials!
We will be celebrating our 100 year anniversary in 2017! It has been nearly 100 years of providing our customers from around the world with wine crafted by tradition, passion, and forward-thinking. It’s hard to believe that our winery began in a tiny downtown Los Angeles tasting room and has grown to three locations, one restaurant, and multiple estate vineyards in Paso Robles, Monterey, Napa, and Italy.
Last week, we started the celebration early with a 100 Year Kickoff at our original location in Los Angeles. Our friends at KTLA News covered the event, which was hosted by the Riboli family, owners and founders of San Antonio Winery. Check out the coverage by clicking the links below and learn about the history of the Riboli family, our wines, and more information about our centennial celebration!
More Than Just Wine
Steeped in History
A Combination of Science and Art
All in The Family
SAN ANTONIO WINERY CELEBRATES 100TH ANNIVERSARY
You might think that the City of Angels is home to dozens of wineries, but the truth is that many of the wineries that once thrived in Los Angeles’ booming wine industry were wiped out after The Great Depression and Prohibition. Only one survived and still remains, making it the only and oldest winery in Los Angeles: The San Antonio Winery, LA’s winery. The San Antonio Winery has been making wine for nearly 100 years. In fact, 2017 marks San Antonio Winery’s 100-year anniversary.
Join San Antonio Winery, located at 737 Lamar Street in Los Angeles for a unique experience. Shop our gift shop, offering delicious pasta sauces, artisan chocolates, craft beers, wines from around the world and so much more. The wine is flowing at our tasting bar and our Winery Reps are eager to answer any and all of your questions to help you find your favorite vino. Want to see the winemaking process? Take a free tour and you’ll go behind the scenes to see how we make, age and bottle our wines. Grab a bite to eat in our restaurant, located at the winery. Maddalena Restaurant serves up classic Italian dishes made from scratch.
Wine Enthusiast has nominated San Antonio Winery for American Winery of the Year! We are humbled by this nomination and appreciate your support! Share your photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #winestar100 and #LAsWinery to show us the love!
San Antonio Winery is gearing up for a huge celebration as next year marks the 100th anniversary of the Riboli family making Italian wine and serving the LA community since 1917. We love our downtown location and have been on the same piece of land since that time. Inspired by this upcoming milestone we brought together two historical icons in an exquisite pairing fit for any wine lover. Read more