by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Sunday, December 15, 2013
Mandarin Spice Mulled Wine #SundaySupper
Warmth enveloped you at every turn. Magical scents wafting from the oven. A crockpot in the corner with spiced steam escaping. A candle on the corner table scented for the season. As a kid, I really looked forward to the familiarity and tradition that this time of year invoked.
As an adult, I still look forward to it, but it's not quite the same. We now have four generations running around. My grandparents are now in their mid to late 80's; it's not as easy for them to host everybody any more. And unfortunately, none of us have the same fantastic home that they have. A home large enough for everybody to fit. Comfortably.
Fortunately, tradition can be carried with us, no matter where we happen to be. I hope that when my kids look back, the thing that they remember most about the holiday season is warmth enveloping them at every turn. I hope that magical scents wafting from the oven make them smile. I hope that the steam escaping from a crockpot on the counter comforts them. I hope that a sugar cookie scented candle makes them feel safe.
But now that I'm the adult, I get it. After handing the kids their steaming mugs of rich chocolate, I love turning around and picking up my own steaming mug of mulled wine. This version uses white wine, a sweet and lightly citrusy Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato, and is infused with warming spices and the flavor of mandarin oranges. It's perfect for warming up the adults who have trudged through the snow and freezing temps, towing kids, gifts, and potluck dishes during the holiday season.
- 1 (750 ml) bottle Gallo Family Vineyard Moscato
- 1/4 cup Brandy
- 2 mandarin oranges
- 4 Mandarin Spice Herbal Tea bags
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 whole star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- a few allspice berries
- a few whole cloves
- fresh nutmeg*
This could be made by putting everything into the crock of a slow cooker and setting on low for 4 hours, then holding on warm.
While you're at it, there's a fun activity at the Gallo site, in which you can create your own custom family crest. I'm thinking this would be cool to create and then print onto a little sign to affix to my crockpot filled with mulled wine this year! For further inspiration, you can visit their website or connect with via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube - and of course, browse this amazing menu gathered by Isabel at Family Foodie for all of the recipes created by Sunday Supper members this week!
- Clementine, Whiskey & Wine Cocktail by Foxes Love Lemons
- Mandarin Spice Mulled Wine by girlichef
- Cabernet-Shallot Mushroom Cheeseburgers by The Weekend Gourmet
- Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon by The Dinner-Mom
- Easy Cranberry Bacon Stuffing by Momma's Meals
- Fettuccine with Italian Sausage and Mascarpone by The Foodie Army Wife
- Family Fondue by kimchi MOM
- Lemon White Wine Green Beans & Mushrooms by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Linguine with Spicy Red Clam Sauce by Supper for a Steal
- Baked Stuffed Pork Chops with Moscato Gravy by Webicurean
- Moscato Orange Chicken with Olives by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Moscato Stone Crab Scampi by Family Foodie
- Mushroom Risotto by The Messy Baker
- Portabellas Stuffed with Cabernet Onions and Gorgonzola by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Red Wine Risotto by Shockingly Delicious
- Short Ribs With Pasta by Magnolia Days
- Pomegranate White Wine Panna Cotta by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Fudgy Red Wine Brownies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Red Wine Chocolate Cake by Alida's Kitchen
- Red Wine Velvet Cake by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
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Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.
Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, single malt Scotch, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.