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TLDR:

Glühwein (pronounced glue – vine), mulled wine, mulled spiced wine, or Glogg are all variations on the same theme – heated wine seasoned with sweet and aromatic spices. These spices include, to name a few, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, orange, and allspice.

When choosing a wine for Glühwein look for something that is fruity and not too tannic. The best wine for Glühwein is a sweet Rosé wine. I like to avoid full bodied, dry Rosé wines. Here is a list of other good Rosé wines to try:

    • Grenache Ros
    • White Zinfandel 
    • Dry Spanish Rosé

Best Wine for Glühwein

Glühwein (pronounced glue – vine), mulled wine, mulled spiced wine, or Glogg are all variations on the same theme – heated wine seasoned with sweet and aromatic spices. These spices include, to name a few, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, orange, and allspice.

There are many recipes for Glühwein, but the traditional Glühwein recipe calls for heating wine with sugar and spices.  Wine is simmered with cinnamon sticks, cloves, citrus peel, cardamom pods and sugar. The addition of these warming spices makes Glühwein the perfect drink for chilly winter evenings.

Best Rosé Wine for Glühwein

You want a wine that is high in sugar content so it will be sweet, but not too sweet. A wine with good acidity is also important as it will help to balance the sweetness of spices like cinnamon and orange, which you will add to Glühwein.

It’s a common misconception that you need good wine in order to make Glühwein. That’s not true. Of course, good wine makes everything better, but because we’re so heavily changing the flavor by adding flavor forward spices using a good wine doesn’t make sense. 

Save the good wine for the guests. In my experience, and my research around the world has been extensive, Glühwein is best made with a cheap Rosé wine. 

No joke. The best wine for Glühwein is a sweet or semi-sweet cheap wine. 

You’re going to season the wine heavily with aromatic and sweet spices that overpower the wine’s original flavor. No need to get fancy and show off your sommelier wine picking skills here.

Rosé Wine for Glühwein

Rosé wine is a good option for Glühwein. If you want to use a Rosé, look for one made with Grenache grapes. Choose a wine that is not too sweet and has good acidity. Some good choices include:

  • Grenache Rosé –  Grenache Rosé is a French Rosé wine that is known for its fruity flavor. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein
  • White Zinfandel –  White Zinfandel is an American Rosé wine that is known for its fruity flavor. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • Dry Spanish Rosé –   Dry Spanish Rosé is a Spanish wine that is known for its dry flavor. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein. 

German Glühwein

Glühwein is not a complicated drink to make. But, traditional Glühwein is challenging to perfect. Today you don’t have to go to Germany to enjoy the glow of a cup of Glühwein. You can make your own using the curated Sam’s Glow cocktail kit, or track down the supplies on your own. 

The special Sam’s seasoning in our Boozn’ Sams Glow Kit isn’t for sale anywhere else and took years of diligent research amongst wooden stands and blackened kettles through places like Austria, Germany, Finland and Sweden.