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Summary:

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

  • Black Box Reisling
  • Pinot Gris
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Moscato d’Asti
  • Prosecco

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.

While Glühwein is typically made with red wine, white wine can also be used.

Glühwein White

The wine you choose is essential to good Glühwein. You want a wine that is high in sugar content so it will be sweet, but not too sweet. This makes white wines, which are naturally higher in sugar content, great for Glühwein. 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.

I tend to stay away from Chardonnay because of the buttery taste and Sauvignon Blanc because of the light, mineral flavor. They can make Glühwein too astringent.

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 taste 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 white wine. 

Use Black Label. Or a similar sweet, boxed white wine.

No joke.The best wine for Glühwein is a sweet, cheap white 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.

White Wine for Glühwein

Some of the best white wines for making Glühwein include:

  • Riesling – Riesling is a German white wine that is known for its sweetness. This makes it a great choice for Glühwein, as the sweetness will help to balance out the spices.
  • Pinot Gris – Pinot gris is a French white wine that is similar to Riesling in terms of sweetness.
  • Gewürztraminer – Gewürztraminer is another German white wine that is known for its sweetness. It is also a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • Chenin Blanc –  Chenin blanc is a French white wine that is known for its sweetness. It is a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • Moscato d’Asti –  Moscato d’Asti is an Italian white wine that is very sweet. It is a good choice for making Glühwein if you want a sweeter version. 
  • Prosecco – Prosecco is an Italian white wine that is not as sweet as the other wines on this list. However, it can still be used for Glühwein if you want a less sweet version. 

Glühwein Recipes

Glühwein is traditionally made 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. Below are several variations on Glühwein.

Mulled Spiced Wine

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