So I can’t drink wine right now… but you can for me. 😉
Wine snobs may try to dictate how to sip and savour wine but the peeps at unconventional brand Café Culture advocate a more ‘live free’ sociable approach to enjoy your red wine served hot to celebrate #winewithoutrules this winter.
It has become evident that in a social context there are too many stereotypes on which etiquette best suits which environment, and too many rules exist on how to do this or that.
Too many rules take the fun out of things, so here are some important #winewithoutrules to keep in mind:
Rule number one: There are no rules.
Rule number 2: There are still no rules.
Rule number 3: Drink the wine you like, however you like.
For all the snobbery and high-class jargon that wine connoisseurs bandy around, Greek poet Homer affirmed many centuries ago, “Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.”
Café Culture, a non-traditional crafted Pinotage, has a soft, mocha, dark chocolate and toffee undertone, complemented by an aroma of fresh berries and the only rule that should apply when drinking it is that you enjoy it with a ‘Live-Free’ approach.
A great way to do this is to make your own homemade Glühwein, (a traditional German hot winter beverage) with the unconventional Café Culture Pinotage. Then, throw away the wine glass rule-book and sip it out of a tumbler to enjoy with your non ‘fair weather’ friends to warm you up on those cold but sociable wintry days.
There are hundreds of different recipes available for Glühwein (meaning ‘glow wine’ in German) also known as ‘mulled wine’ elsewhere in the world. It is usually prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon, cloves, citrus, and sugar and sometimes with other ingredients such as vanilla pods, nutmeg, bay leaves and star anise.
However, simple but tasty is always good, so here are two simple recipes that takes literally minutes to prepare, leaving more time for you to enjoy the time with your friends.
Glühwein Tumbler Recipe Using Café Culture (serves 8)
1 orange (sliced and seeded)
Half cup of castor sugar
2 cups of water
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon (or one stick)
1 bottle Café Culture
Combine the orange, sugar, water, and spices in a saucepan
Slowly bring to the boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes
Reduce the heat, add the wine, and slowly reheat but do not boil.
Serve warm or hot in tumblers.
On warmer days Glühwein is also delicious chilled.
Vin Chaud Tumbler recipe with Café Culture
If you are entertaining with a French themed evening, the French variation is called Vin Chaud (“hot wine”) a popular drink amongst skiers in the French Alps is great.
Preparation and cooking time: 10min
1 bottle of Café Culture
250g of brown sugar
1 orange, cut into slices + the zest
4 cinnamon sticks
3-4 whole cloves
a pinch of ground nutmeg
a small piece of fresh ginger, cut up (or a pinch of ground ginger)
Combine all of the ingredients into a pot on the stove. Bring to a gentle boil and let simmer for 5 minutes. When hot and all the sugar has dissolved, serve in mugs. Remove the larger spices using a strainer. Serve with a piece of orange or cinnamon stick in each cup.
Café Culture Pinotage is available at most retail outlets for a RSP of R49, 99. For more information visit: www.cafeculturewines.com.
You can WIN one of 3 Café Culture hampers worth R500. Each hamper includes: a case of Cafe Culture Wine, an Urban Picnic blanket and a set of 4 tumbler glasses.
HOW TO ENTER:
1. Share this post on social media.
2. Leave a comment below letting me know why you need wine this winter. 😉
Example: Mom needs some time out with a cup of wine to relax!
3. Follow Café Culture on Facebook –> www.facebook.com/cafeculturewines
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Competition closes 15 June 2015. Good luck!
Opened to South Africans only.