So back in December 2012 (last Christmas) I bought this bottle of wine from the Germany Pavilion in Epcot, to try with my daughter and Seth when they were in town. You see I LOVE the Germany Pavilion at Epcot. They have some of the best wines in my opinion. My tastes go toward the sweet wines, and well for delicious dessert wines, Rieslings and ice wines, well Germany is the pavilion to visit.
But back to this bottle…. One visit there last summer, the college intern told us about the warm wines. This particular bottle, a Nurnberg’s Gerstacker Gluhwein, was a favorite in her family. Her mother would make it every Christmas. She would simmer it with oranges, cinnamon and other sugar. Yes you read that correctly, I said Simmer. You see this wine is meant to be heated on the stove to 170 degrees. Well that alone had me intrigued. (And at the time $21 for a bottle of wine from Walt Disney World’s Epcot Germany Pavilion didn’t sound unreasonable. We have since learned this particular bottle of wine sells for around $7.99)
Well as you are reading this 8 months later, you can tell that we never had the opportunity to crack this bottle open and give it a taste. So tonight I said, let’s do it. Let’s try this hot wine and see how it is.
As I read the back of the bottle:
I noticed it said Drink Hot or on Ice
So we decided to try it both ways. After heating the wine over the stove to about 170 degrees, we tasted it. Without adding anything to it, it was ok. It had a bit of a bite to it. Then we tasted it on Ice, and while it was ok on ice, it didn’t’ have as bad of a bite to it, it still wasn’t as “spicey” as I was expecting it to be.
So I went ahead and added four tablespoons of sugar, one teaspoon of vanilla and one teaspoon of cinnamon to the pot and heated it again.
MUCH better. I have decided I actually like it when it is “doctored” up a bit. Reminds me of Hot Spice Tea around Christmas. I think I am going to head out to the store tomorrow for an orange, cloves and some cinnamon sticks to cook up the last of the bottle with. I think I will like that better.
So have you purchased a bottle of wine from Epcot? Try any of these Hot Spice Wines from Germany? What did you think? Any recipes you want to share with me to try with it?