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Best For Mulled Wine

There’s nothing like a fragrant glass of mulled wine to warm you up on a cold winter’s night. A couple of sips of the delicious mix of red wine and spices and the icy chill just seems to vanish!

 

What is mulled wine?

 

Mulled wine is a warming winter drink which originated in the Northern Hemisphere more than a century ago.

It consists of boiled spices such as cloves and nutmeg mixed with warm red wine and sweetened with sugar. The traditional English recipe uses port or claret, but any kind of red wine may be used.

Mulled wine is fairly simple to prepare and you can easily make your own  at home.

It may have associations with white Christmases and snowy winter holidays for many people, but the tradition of mulled wine is alive and well in New Zealand.

We’ve found several restaurants and bars where you can enjoy it this winter.

 

Auckland

 

Coco’s Cantina

Coco’s Cantina  has a fantastic winter menu which includes ravioli, bruschetta and saltimbocca. And, you can finish off your hearty cantina meal with a delicious glass of mulled wine.

 

Montrose Café Bistro

Mairangi Bay’s Montrose Café, with its welcoming open fire and large oak chairs and tables, offers a haven from the cold, wet weather outside. The winter menu consists of popular classics such as Beef Wellington and Beef and Guinness Hot Pot, so while you may drop in for a glass of mulled wine, you could end up staying all night.

 

Artisan Wines

Nestled in the heart of West Auckland Wine Country, Artisan Wines offers a complete experience for those who love the good life. There are wine tastings, wine tours and an excellent restaurant. Due to popular demand they’ve brought mulled wine back this winter. And, even better, you can purchase their secret mix to prepare and enjoy at home!

 

Wellington

 

Pravda Café

As its name (which means “truth” in Russian) suggests,  Pravda serves good honest bistro fare. It’s also known for quality coffee and a range of winter warmers including mulled wine.

 

Mayfair Café

Come on in and enjoy a jug of mulled wine ($6.50 a glass or $15 a jug) at Mayfair Cafe this winter. Their menu brings together the very best of New Zealand, European and Asian cuisine to create something quite special. Mayfair Café has a real sense of history and tradition, retaining much of the magic of its former life as a theatre.

 

Arrowtown

 

Cafe Bonjour

The weary skier could do a lot worse than enjoy a couple of mulled wines at Cafe Bonjour. You could almost be in a mountain resort somewhere in the Swiss Alps!

 

Queenstown

 

Atlas Beer Café

Atlas Beer Cafe on Steamer Wharf is well known for its craft beers as well as tasty tapas, steaks and Sunday roasts. This winter they’re also making mulled wine ($6.50 a glass) on the premises, just the ticket after a hard day on the slopes.

Editorial by Nicholas Chidley
9 July 2012

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Comments (4 comments)

  • raemac

    Shame there is none in Rotorua :o(
    Let's hope someone sorts one out soon

    11:28AM, 13th Jul 2012

  • ContinentalEH&C

    The Winery Riverlands - Marlborough is serving delicious mulled wine with their yuletide dinners this July and August. A great ice-breaker to start a fun evening for a group.

    11:35AM, 13th Jul 2012

  • menusteam

    That is a shame! We'll have a look into it and see if we can find somewhere in Rotorua for you.

    Thanks for your comment

    Cheers
    Nick

    3:25PM, 13th Jul 2012

  • menusteam

    Thanks very much! We'll add The Winery Riverlands to the article.

    Cheers
    Nick

    3:27PM, 13th Jul 2012

    Reply to ContinentalEH&C's comment post @ 11:35AM, 13th Jul 2012
    "The Winery Riverlands - Marlborough is serving delicious mulled wine with their yuletide dinners this July and August. A great ice-breaker to start a fun evening for a group."
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