Food and Wine Matching Guide: Mulled Wine

What can I serve with mulled wine?

Alight with spices and fragrant aromas, mulled wine has been the classic warming drink since the days of Ancient Rome. Also known in Austria and Germany as Glühwein (“Glow wine”) and in Nordic countries as Glögg, it’s as enjoyable sipped slowly by the fire with a good book as it is quaffed while watching Eurovision with friends.

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What’s more, you don’t necessarily need food with it – the abundant flavour and fragrance of mulled wine almost make it a meal in its own right. That said, there certainly are some foods that pair extremely well with the traditional beverage beloved by many around the world.

So, if you’re serving mulled wine this winter, leave some room for these accompaniments for that suffusing fusion of spice and substance!

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Swedish dishes

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Want to whip up some Glögg? For those looking to sample the Swedish take on mulled wine, traditional Scandinavian fare like pickled fish and crackers, saffron buns or ginger biscuits are a great choice.

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German and Austrian dishes

If it’s a Glühwein you’re going for, you can’t beat classic Teutonic pairings like salty blue cheese pastries, pork schnitzel with lemon cream sauce – the fatty salty sweet and spice combination is pure heaven – or apfelkuchen (German apple cake).

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Fondue

When winter’s chill is at its most severe, few things are as inviting as a fondue party. The combination of rich, delicious cheeses and white wine make for a brilliant shared dinner course to accompany the juicy fire of a strong mulled wine.

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Cheeses

While we’re talking about cheese, if you’re looking for the best varieties to pair with a sweet mulled wine we suggest opting for the saltier end of the spectrum. Blue cheese is ideal with a heavily spiced mulled wine, and we think you’ll also love it paired with Stilton, Gorgonzola, aged Cheddar, or the creamy, nutty and subtly sweet style of Gruyère or Emmental cheeses.

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Sweet festive mince pies

If you’re a fan of BBC Christmas Specials and all things British, you simply cannot beat a classic English mulled wine paired with sweet mince pies. A Yuletide tradition dating back to at least the 16th century, their mix of dried fruits, sugar, spices and brandy are a bang on match with mulled wine.

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TRADITIONAL MULLED WINE (GLÜHWEIN) RECIPE

So, what are you waiting for? Make the southern hemisphere winter a more festive affair with any of the above matches. Looking for other inspired pairings? Try our Essential Tapas and Wine Pairing Guide, for a hit of Spanish flavours. We’ve even got you covered with essential guides to wine and salad pairings, seafood and wine pairings, vino and veggie matches, as well as the top wines to pair with pizza or chocolate!

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