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  • Mulled Wine with Rioja

    It’s that time of year…the nights are chilly and long.  We crave the cozy comfort of warm beverages in front of the fire (or wrapped up in blankets on the couch).  This is a simple, but heart-warming way, to beat the post-holiday slump and make January a little more festive.

    Rioja Mulled Wine

    Mulled Wine Recipe (serves 4-5) 

    • 1 bottle (750ml) fruity red wine (like young Rioja or Tempranillo)
    • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
    • 1/4 cup Brandy (optional, but much like in Sangria, this adds a little structure)
    • 1/4 cup sugar or honey
    • 8 whole cloves
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 2 star anise
    • Feeling fancy?  Optional garnish: slices of citrus, orange peel, float a star anise or cinnamon stick in the glass or add cranberries!

    Directions

    Combine all your ingredients in a stainless-steel pot and gently warm (not BOIL or you burn out all the alcohol) on medium heat to simmer out all the delicious flavors for 20 minutes (up to 3 hours).

    Strain, and serve warm to your guests.  Garnish as you like.  Incredibly easy, and so soul-warming.  Salud!

    (photo credit: Rioja Wine )

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  • Envínate: Small Production Wines from the Canary Islands

    Every vintage we purchase tiny amounts of wines from Envínate, a little winery grown from micro parcels in volcanic soils of the Canary Islands (and also some steep slopes of Ribeira Sacra in Galicia).

    Envínate (translated into “Wine Yourself”) is the brainchild of 4 friends, winemakers Roberto Santana, Alfonso Torrente, Laura Ramos, and José Martínez.  This gang of 4 formed back in 2005 while studying enology at the University of Miguel Hernandez in Alicante.  Upon graduation, they formed a winemaking consultancy, which evolved into Envínate, a project that focuses on exploring distinctive parcels mainly in the Atlantic-inflected regions of Ribeira Sacra and the Canary Islands.  Their collective aim is to make profoundly pure and authentic wines that express the terruño of each parcel in a clear and concise manner.

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