Regardless of whether you refer to this traditional holiday treat by its German or English name, it will warm you up at the end of the day. It is easy to make at home—it not only tastes good, but it is also very aromatic and it will fill your home with a wonderfully festive aroma! At Tassel Ridge, we have usually made it from last year’s Iowa Nouveau, but any inexpensive red wine will work just fine.

Glühwein or Mulled Wine


  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2–3 cups of sugar to taste
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • Juice of 1 orange and 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp cloves


  1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan. Heat until nearly boiling; then strain liquid into a pre-warmed bowl or jug. Serve warm with cookies or holiday desserts.

Recipe Notes

Recommended wine—Tassel Ridge Iowa Nouveau

Iowa Nouveau, a light and fruity red wine, is our first wine of the season. Made entirely from grapes grown in our Iowa vineyards, Iowa Nouveau pairs well with vegetable and beef soups and stews as well as traditional holiday meals. Iowa Nouveau is best when consumed soon after purchase. Serve slightly chilled.