Warming Up With Spiced Wine
Tradition may try and dictate that holiday beverages must be served warm, but for people lucky enough to not encounter sub-zero temperatures this winter, Spiced Wine served over ice, similar to sangria, is the coolest holiday drink. You’ve had a hot toddy, sipped on cocoa, and made a toast with champagne. This year, mix it up or serve it straight, introducing the best holiday drink this season: Spiced Wine.
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Holiday tradition has a strange way of appearing new each year, while simultaneously also disgruntled and stale.
One blaring example: those tired holiday drinks that somehow always end up in the refrigerator months after December. When does eggnog expire?
You’ve had a hot toddy, sipped on cocoa, and made a toast with champagne. This year, mix it up or serve it straight, introducing the best holiday drink this season: Spiced Wine. To be fair, Spiced Wine is not a new beverage on the yuletide circuit. But it certainly hasn’t been enjoyed to its full potential, considering the delicious versatility it has to offer during one of the busiest times of the year.
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Greetings from Napa Valley
Spicy Vines, a boutique winery located in California’s Napa Valley, has capitalized on the this holiday showstopper, releasing the premier flavors of the season in one bottle to rule them all.
Acquaint your senses with Spicy Vine’s robust red, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice, to name but a few of the seasonal flavors infused in each bottle. For an added kick, this wine is lightly infused with brandy. And though the weather outside may be frightful, this adventurous new wine is sure to keep you warm.
Warm and Bright
In many cultures Spiced Wine is served heated. The bouquet and palate of Spiced Wine changes significantly when warmed.
Spicy Vine’s Spiced Wine, for example, highlights earth-toned spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, sage and cardamom. These flavors are beautifully paired with savory holiday dishes, a warm accent when ending a meal, or paired with dessert. In fact, even the sweetest holiday treats are accentuated and more balanced when paired with warm Spiced Wine.
Spiced Wine Over Ice
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Cool and Refreshing
Tradition may try and dictate that holiday beverages must be served warm, but for people lucky enough to not encounter sub-zero temperatures this winter, Spiced Wine served over ice, similar to sangria, is the coolest holiday drink.
When served cold, floral and fruit notes play more prominent on the tongue with a crisp and tart finish that hints at orange, apple, honey, and ginger—which pairs beautifully with a cheese course or salty starter.
Keep it Simple
Serving Spiced Wine at room temperature is a wonderful way to enjoy the best holiday drink of the season.
It’s a mélange of unique flavors in a truly balanced palate. Room temperature is a great place to start when drinking Spiced Wine. It allows your taste buds to better articulate each layer as they change with temperature.
Sugar and Spice
Mix it Up
Finally, if the holiday festivities need a little jump-start, the best way to serve Spiced Wine is mixed in a cocktail.
Spicy Vines has great recipes to try, including champagne spritzers, creations using fine liqueurs like Triple Sec, mixed with ginger beer, or spiked with whisky or vodka. The possibilities are virtually endless.
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Entertain New Flavors
So don’t let holiday tradition get stale in the refrigerator, instead, celebrate the end of 2014 with the trendiest holiday drink of the year.
With so many unique flavor profiles, each accented through serving method and tasty accouterments, entertaining can be a spiced adventure on a journey to new traditions. Break the rules this winter with modern flavors of the season in one premier bottle.
Article courtesy of AllVoices.com.