Mulled Over With Peaceful Bend Winery

By Rachel Brandt
In Food

Gone are the days of summer rosé and sauvignon blanc. We are in full blown winter wine weather now, with snow dusting the streets and boots and sweaters lining our closets. This time of year, Missouri wine connoisseurs are reaching for reds and spicy blends. That’s why we’ve asked Missouri winery and vineyard owner Katie Nott to share a couple of her favorite drinks for this time of year.

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Nott, along with her husband, Clyde Gill, have been the proprietors of Peaceful Bend Winery since July of 1998. Making wine is truly their passion and after trying their mulled red wine and spiced white wine recipes, we’re sure you’ll have two cocktails in your arsenal to impress even the pickiest holiday guest.

Mulled Red Wine Recipe
1 bottle Forche Renault or Yadkin Creek wine (dry or semi-sweet red wine)
1 stick cinnamon about 4 inches long
1 bay leaf
4-5 cloves

Brown sugar to taste (or substitute 1 cup of brown sugar). Pour the wine into a crock pot or saucepan. Next, add the cinnamon stick, bay leaf and cloves. If using a crockpot, cover and set the temperature to high for two hours. If using a saucepan on the stove, heat over medium heat until the wine is brought to a low simmer. Once thoroughly heated, stir in the brown sugar to taste. Serve warm in mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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Spiced White Wine Recipe
1 bottle Sweet River White
1 cinnamon stick
1 sliced clementine 

Place the clementine and cinnamon stick in the bottom of a crock pot. Pour the Sweet River White over them, cover and set at a high temperature for about an hour. Decrease the heat to low. This can also be made on the stove and brought to a simmer with the pot covered. Serve warm and garnish with a clementine slice.

If you’d like to tally two more cocktails in your recipe book, Nott is holding a Holiday Wine Cocktail Workshop on Dec. 13 in Steelville, Missouri at Peaceful Bend’s wine cellar. Peaceful Bend Winery is open year round, Thursdays through Mondays from 11am to 6pm. Their wines can be purchased at Friar Tuck locations in the St. Louis area.

Photos courtesy of Peaceful Bend Winery.

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