MULLED WINE TOUR OF GALWAY
Can you smell the Gluhwein?!
The timing is perfect ….snow on the way (says the weather forecast) it’s the end of November, and we need a beverage to warm the cockles and also put us in the festive mood.
Mulled wine dates all the way back to the 2nd Century, making the Rhine and the Danube its home. But it has come along way since then. A lot of European countries would have its own take on mulled wine; England would use more spices (cinnamon, cloves,nutmeg), Germany with fruits like oranges and lemons, and for the extra kick “mit schuss” adding a shot of liquor! The Nordic countries call it Glug, they use the same spices as England or Germany but adding bitter orange and raisins. In Croatia it goes under the name of “kuhano vino” (“cooked wine“) and is one of their most sought after winter drinks.
History aside, every year I make it my mission to sample the best mulled wines of the city (this is purely research). It’s not as easy as you might think, adding too much spice can result in a toothpaste taste, also the quality of the wine is key, I recommend a Spanish Tempranillo or a Malbec.
So I pulled on my hat and gloves and hit the town on my mulled wine tour of Galway City.
The minute you go through the revolving doors you get hit with a warm Christmassy feeling. The open fire and elegant Christmas decorations only but help to gear up your taste buds. They serve their mulled wine in a delicate wine glass, using the perfect amount of cloves, cinnamon and winter fruits.
Sheridan’s Wine Bar
For those of you who don’t know Sheridan’s wine bar is situated above the cheese shop opposite St Nicholas Church, overlooking the bustling energy of the market (Saturday and Sunday)
With the main ingredient at their fingertips, you know it’s gonna be all kinds of good! Using delicious Italian wine they make theirs full and rich with cloves,cinnamon,nutmeg and orange peel.
The coziest place to have a mulled wine in town. Oozing of Christmas cheer and great craic, if you manage to get yourself a wee snug or sit by the fire, you’re there for the night! Having made mulled wine for over 50 years, they have it down to a T. It’s full and rich scented with Nutmeg, Cinnamon and Cloves. If you want to feel an extra buzz the option is always there to add in a splash of Brandy or Port.
This is the best spot to come for a daytime Christmas tipple! You can tell that Michelle has put a lot of love in her mulled wine. It’s deliciously different ! Instead of orange peel she adds Cointreau and Vanilla!
It’s not the best tasting mulled wine you will ever have, but it’s all about being part of a great atmosphere and wonderful conviviality. You get a feel of being on the continent walking around the wooden market stalls with your Gluhwein in tow.