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December 3, 2021 | Rubino Estates Winery

Rubino Estates Mulled Wine

December has come to the Livermore Valley, bringing a chill to the air and scaring the remaining leaves from their branches. There is a quiet beauty to this season, as nature prepares for frosts and dormancy. Meanwhile, we bustle about with holiday preparations and end-of-year tasks, fighting off the chill with cozy socks, favorite blankets, and warm mugs of the best Christmastime beverages imaginable. We love to spread the toasty-warm and holiday-spiced joy of a cup of Mulled Wine, so we've shared our famiglia recipe below. Every batch is a little bit different, so we've also included some of our favorite customization options so you'll make the most of every sip!

Rubino Estates Mulled Wine

  • 1 bottle Rubino Estates Night Owl Barbera
  • 1 1/2 cup Cold-Pressed Apple Cider
  • 1/2 cup Pomegranate Juice
  • 1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cranberries
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Pomegranate Berries
  • 1 Orange Zest
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 3 Star Anise Pods
  • 1 tsp Whole Cloves
  • 1 pinch Ground Nutmeg


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir well. 
  2. Bring the mixture to a low boil, then reduce the heat to simmer. 
  3. Allow the mulled wine to steep for at least 15 minutes or as long as desired.
  4. Serve warm!

Customization Ideas

  • If you would prefer to make your mulled wine in a crock pot, combine all ingredients and leave the pot on low for 2-3 hours. Serve warm. 
  • Make this mulled wine your own or mix and match to find your favorite flavor. Try creative additions like a sliced honeycrisp apple, sliced fresh ginger, allspice berries (about 4), cardamom pods (about 5) or spike things up with 1/2 cup of orange liqueur or apple brandy. This recipe is yours!

We wish you warmth and good cheer this December.

If you want to enjoy our Night Owl Barbera in this recipe, on its own, or with your holiday meals, now is the perfect time to buy. Get a bottle for only $28 while it's the Wine of the Month!


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