30 Days of Local Wine

Mastronardi Estate Winery‘s richly robed and incredibly jammy full bodied 2010 Baco Noir is the perfect wine for Mulled Wine. Serving Mulled Wine is a festive touch to any holiday gathering as warm spicy aromas of cloves, cinnamon, and ginger fill the air.

2010 Mastronardi Baco Noir (Photo provided by MEW courtesy of www.essexwinereview.com)

Here is a recipe provided by Mastronardi that perfectly showcases the Baco Noir:

  • 2 x 75 cl bottles of 2010 Mastronardi Baco Noir
  • 1 orange stuck with cloves
  • 2 oranges sliced
  • 2 lemons sliced
  • 6 level tablespoons granulated sugar or honey
  • 2 inch (5 cm) piece cinnamon stick
  • 2 level teaspoons finely grated fresh root ginger or ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons fruit liqueur such as Cointreau, Grand Marnier or cherry brandy (optional)

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan with 1.5 litres of water then heat to simmering point, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Keep it barely at simmering point for at least 20 minutes – but do not boil or all the alcohol will evaporate.

This can be made in advance, then re-heated just before the party. Serve it warm in half-pint mugs (in which case there will be 12 servings) or else in 24 sturdy wine glasses.

I’ve often wrapped up a bottle of Baco with the ingredients in a decorative holiday basket to give as a great gift.