Crafting the Perfect Mulled Wine with Natural Red Wine

Crafting the Perfect Mulled Wine with Natural Red Wine

The Earth Wine | Natural Wine Journal 

Indulging in a warm, aromatic cup of mulled wine is a delightful way to embrace the winter season. Elevate this classic beverage by using natural red wine, which enhances the flavors and brings a rich depth to the concoction. In this recipe, we'll guide you through the process of making mulled wine with natural wine, highlighting the importance of selecting quality natural wine and offering tips on where to buy natural wine in Hong Kong.


  1. 1 bottle of natural red wine (Choose a robust, full-bodied variety for the best results)
  2. 1 orange, sliced
  3. 1 lemon, sliced
  4. 2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup
  5. 1 cinnamon stick
  6. 3-4 whole cloves
  7. 1 star anise
  8. 1 vanilla bean, split
  9. A small piece of ginger, sliced
  10. Optional: brandy or rum for an extra kick
  11. Garnish: orange peel and cinnamon sticks


1. Selecting the Right Natural Wine: Begin by choosing a high-quality natural red wine. In Hong Kong, you can find an excellent selection of natural wines at specialty wine shops, organic markets, or even through online retailers. Look for wines with minimal intervention, organic or biodynamic certifications, and a flavor profile that complements the spices used in mulled wine.

Check out the natural red wine collection @The Earth Wine; they are handpicked from vineyards in Europe, 100% additive-free, and vegan-friendly. Below is our recommendation - robust, full-bodied, and best-valued wines, ideal for making mulled wine.

1. Tellus Vinea, 2021 Bordeaux, PUEYO
An exquisite blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, sourced from two distinct locales: one on the outskirts of Saint Emilion in Juillac/Sainte Radegonde, and the other in Lugon near Fronsac, boasting clay, gravel, and limestone-rich soil. Meticulously harvested by hand, destemmed clusters undergo a 3-week skin contact fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The resulting must, post-racking, gracefully matures in concrete tanks for a minimum of 12 months. This wine stands in a league of its own—intense and full-bodied, yet remarkably drinkable. Beyond the realm of Bordeaux Rouge, it harkens back to the region's golden era, embodying wines that authentically reflect their terroir.

2. Rosso dei Baroni, SACCOMANI
Rossi dei Baroni is a complex blend of 60% Barbera, 30% Bonarda, and 10% Merlot. After undergoing a long maceration of at least 20 days on its own skins in concrete tanks, it is aged for a minimum of 18 months in cement and barriques without any alterations or filtrations. The result is a captivating tannic taste with a full-bodied dynamism that remains easy to drink and not overwhelming.


2. **Preparation:**
- Pour the entire bottle of natural red wine into a large saucepan.
- Add the sliced orange and lemon, ensuring to remove any seeds.
- Include the honey or maple syrup to add a touch of sweetness to balance the spices.

3. **Spices and Aromatics:**
- Place the cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise, vanilla bean, and sliced ginger into the saucepan.
- Adjust the spice quantities based on your personal preferences. If you enjoy a stronger flavor, add more cloves or cinnamon.

4. **Heating the Mulled Wine:**
- Gently warm the mixture over medium heat. Avoid boiling to preserve the delicate flavors of the natural wine.
- Stir occasionally to allow the spices and aromatics to infuse into the wine.

5. **Simmering to Perfection:**
- Once the mixture is heated, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for at least 20-30 minutes. This extended simmering time allows the natural wine to absorb the flavors, creating a harmonious and aromatic blend.

6. **Optional Spirits:**
- If you desire an extra layer of warmth, add a splash of brandy or rum. This step is entirely optional but can enhance the overall experience.

7. **Serving:**
- Before serving, taste the mulled wine and adjust the sweetness or spice levels if necessary.
- Ladle the mulled wine into heat-resistant glasses or mugs.
- Garnish each serving with a twist of orange peel and a cinnamon stick for a festive touch.

Indulging in a cup of mulled wine made with natural red wine is a sensory experience that captures the essence of winter. By selecting quality natural wine and carefully infusing it with aromatic spices, you can create a beverage that not only warms the body but also tantalizes the taste buds.

In this Christmas season, explore local wine shops and markets to find the perfect bottle of natural red wine, and treat yourself to a cozy evening with a steaming mug of homemade mulled wine. Cheers to the joy of sipping on the warmth of the season!

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