Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Holiday wines, mmm...mmm...good

I can't believe how quickly this month is going by. It seems like it was just a day or two ago that we had the Holiday Wines & Tapas event. Attendance was sparse, with only five or six people joining the fun because of the weather, but fun it surely was. I can honestly say that whether the group is large or small I fully enjoy these events. We always have a good time and always come away learning something new and tasting something delicious.
The mulled wine was a huge hit with everyone. We used a delicious Von Stiehl apple wine for the mulled wine. The recipe we used is in the previous post on this blog, and this is surely going to be a regular holiday wine for us from now on. Of the regular, "un-doctored" wines, again it was two Von Stiehl wines that were the clear favorites: their Naughty Girl red and their Christmas Blush (you might say that Von Stiehl winery was the star of the night).

Naughty Girl is a red grape wine with 20% raspberry wine, with an extra kick from the addition of a grape brandy. Christmas Blush is a semi-dry white, blushed wine made from Door County Montmorency cherries, very smooth with just the right amount of mellow sweetness. If you're looking for a delicious holiday wine, something that everyone will find delightful, you can't go wrong with these. And to make them even more appropriately Christmasy the labels on their Christmas Blush and Christmas Wine show wonderful vintage holiday scenes.

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