Happy Halloween!!!

I hope anyone going out with the kids to trick or treat tonight will have fun checking out the costumes (and the candy!).

Here’s a blast-from-the-past recipe that you can put in a crock pot before you head out so you can enjoy your own treat when you get home!

Mulled Wine

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Forché Renault or Yadkin Creek (omit the brown sugar if you use Yadkin Creek)
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cup brown sugar (optional)

Directions:

Pour wine into a crock pot or a large saucepan.  Add cinnamon stick, cloves, and the bay leaf.  Stir in the brown sugar (feel free to add more or less sugar depending on your personal preferences).  Cover and turn the crock pot on low, or set the saucepan over low heat on your stove and heat through.  Serve warm in a mug or in a wine glass – either way it’s delicious.  Double or triple this recipe for parties.

Additional Option: I know folks that also add a slice or two of orange to the mixture while it’s heating.  I don’t normally do this because I’m lazy, but you might be a bit more motivated than me!  And just before serving, give the batch a little taste test to see if it needs a little more sugar added in.

 

Is the last weekend of October here already?

We are deep into Cardinal Baseball fever around here with the last game of the series tonight.  St. Louis is decked out and after last night’s nail-biter, we are all looking forward to a great game!

In all the excitement, I lost track of how fast time has flown by this month. We have one last Saturday afternoon of music, and the weather looks like it will be perfect, yet again!  Come on out tomorrow between 1:30 and 4:30pm to check out The Accidentals.  We’ll have the firepits burning and tables ready for your picnic plans.  It’ll be a little celebration of the Cardinals winning the world series….hopefully!

Here’s a video preview of The Accidentals from their performance here at the winery last year:

Hope to see you here this weekend!

WWWW #12

This week brought a crop of great wine-education articles.  Study up on the basics, or get a bit more in-depth with the following links:

  • This great general article explaining what wine is, classifications, practices, etc.
  • Find out how oak barrels influence the wine in this article.
  • Always wanted to open a bottle up like a professional?  Check out this video for instructions on how to open a bottle of wine like a sommalier!
  • Is your collection of wine bottles growing quickly?  This brief article explores what to think about when deciding whether to build a wine cellar.
  • If you like hosting parties, check out this article for tips on hosting a wine tasting party.
  • And if you and friends are thinking about creating a wine club, then check out this article for tips and suggestions on forming a club.
  • Finally for the crafty folks out there, the mural maker shows how she paints cute little pumpkins on her yard-sale wine glasses.