Some days when the post comes it is like the planets have aligned and when these 2 fab parcels arrived last week on the same day it felt like fate. Let me explain. I have never drunk German wine. Not for any reason other than I just hadn’t tried it. I have my favourites and tend to stick to them.
And then I visited Germany. My traveling combination Stuart from Go Eat Do who has spent a lot of time in Germany swears you cannot beat a great Riesling. So when wines of Germany offered to send me a couple of German bottles to try out I decided to put Stuarts theory to the test. And I have to say he is right this Kendermanns Special Edition Riesling 2015 from Waitrose is delicious, very light and easy to drink and one I will buy again. (£7.49 but on offer at £5.99 until 03.01.17)
But what I really wanted to put to the test is the theory that the better the wine the better the Gluhwein, or mulled wine in our case. You see when I was in Germany I may have tested out 1 or 2 Gluhwein’s. They were all incredible which our guide Patrick claimed was down to using good German wine.
This brings me onto my other parcel, a beautiful Christmas box from Letterbox Gifts. This is a wonderful letter boxed sized gift box full of festive goodies such as Christmas tea, chocolates a decoration, gorgeous scented festive candles and 2 parcels of joy full of mulled wine spices (enough to make 2 bottles of mulled wine).
It felt like fate
There I was with a bottle of Palataia Pinot Noir from M&S (£10.50) and my little bags of spice. Chris may have protested a tad, I could see he was eyeing up the wine. But I had to put this theory to the test.
The instructions were easy to follow, the only extra ingredients needed was 2 tablespoons of sugar. I used brown sugar and used 3 tablespoons. And popped in some slices of orange and lemon too. I have to say I was nervous I would be wasting a good bottle. But omg it was delicious. Patrick was right, and I suppose it is obvious, but the better the wine, the better the Gluhwien is true. And the little spice bags are perfect. It tasted incredible.
I would thoroughly recommend if you send a friend a Christmas box, a great bottle of red is the perfect accompaniment. As I sipped my mulled wine, and ate my chocolates with festive tunes playing and a festive candle burning, I felt ever so chilled and festive. What a perfect was to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Clearly it is important to also have a non alcoholic option in over the Christmas period.
Especially when you live so far out like we do. Scavi & Ray offer a great non alcoholic prosecco. Perfect to be able to offer guests who are driving a glass of fizz.
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