How to Make Mulled Wine

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Temperatures have (finally) dropped, and there’s nothing better than coming home after a long day, and kicking back with a warm drink. Sure, you may be thinking coffee, tea, or hot cider, but what about mulled wine?

Warm and flavorful, mulled wine is a hot beverage of red wine with various spices. European in origin, mulled wine has been consumed for thousands of years. And for good reason. It’s delicious.

And guess what? Mulled wine is not just for the holiday season, but is wonderful to enjoy all throughout winter.

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A Case for Boxed Wine

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Boxed wine.

You’ve seen it on the shelves of your local wine and spirits shop. Maybe even stopped a moment to ponder if you should buy it, but decided against it because it can’t possibly be as good as bottled wine… right?

Wrong.

If your only experience with boxed wine is a case of Franzia, then you have some catching up to do.

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The winemaking process for boxed and bottled wine is the same, which means that boxed wine can be just as good, or even better than your favorite bottle.

Here are more reasons why you should not judge a wine by its (cardboard) cover and pick up a box:

More bang for your buck – Boxes usually hold 1 – 4 750 ml bottles. Also, the money saved on packaging and shipping is passed on to the consumers, making  boxed wine less expensive overall.

It lasts longer – As the wine is consumed, the vacuum-packed inner bag shrinks, keeping pesky wine-destroying oxygen out. Boxed wine can last for weeks compared to a bottle that only lasts mere hours or days.

There’s no cork taint – Have you ever opened a bottle of wine, only to be met with a moldy sort of smell, making it completely undrinkable? That’s cork taint. No cork = a perfect glass every time.

Environmentally friendly – Did you know that bottles have twice the amount of a carbon imprint as boxes? That’s definitely something to consider the next time that you are picking a selection.

At Columbia Wine Co., we have a few boxed wines for you to choose from and we would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Here is one of our favorites:

Pepperwood Grove Big Green Box Wine – $24.99

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Available in 3 L boxes (the equivalent of four bottles of wine), we carry Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir is medium-bodied with aromas of ripe cherries, baking spices and vanilla. It has enticing flavors of cranberry, red raspberry, and caramel.

Pepperwood Grove Chardonnay is rich with flavors of green apple and poached pear with honey. It has aromas of apple compote, fresh spearmint, and baking spices.

You can order Pepperwood Grove online or shop in our store.

Cheers!

 

 

National Zinfandel Day

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Happy National Zinfandel Day! For today only, we’re offering 15% off all bottles of Zinfandel in the store. Stop by the store, give us a call or shop online.

What is Zinfandel?

Zinfandel (or affectionately known as Zin for short), is a robust red wine that primarily grows in the vineyards of California. The grape grows best in climates that are warm, but not too hot. The fruit ripens fairly early to produce a juice with a high sugar content, and is praised for its ability to reflect terroir and the winemaker’s style and skill.

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Fall Cocktails

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Autumn is officially here and with it comes crisp air, sweaters, shorter days, and the changing of the leaves. It’s one of our favorite times of the year because not only do we get to break the lazy days of summer and get back to business, but we get to indulge in the best fall alcoholic drinks that really warm your belly and make you feel good.

Here are some of our favorites. Curl up and enjoy!

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