SPOTLIGHT POST: Texas Wine Month and Glögg Holiday Wine Release with Pedernales Cellars’ Julie Kuhlken

By on September 27, 2016 Texas Wine News

Pedernales Cellarsis a Texas winery through and through. We are a sixth generation Texas family, and the winery has its origins in my parents’ vineyard in the Texas Hill Country. But thanks to my husband becoming part of our family, there’s some Sweden in our Texas family tree, and at the winery, we commemorate that part of our shared family heritage with Glögg.
Glögg is a traditional mulled (spiced) wine that is integral to Swedish celebration of the holidays. We’ve been making Glögg under the Stonewall label and selling it in our tasting room since 2009. My brother, David Kuhlken, who makes wines for both Pedernales Cellars and our sister winery Armadillo’s Leap, has taken the tradition of Glögg brought it into the New World. While it definitely takes its cues from Scandanavia, it’s also as distinctively Texan as any of our other wines.
And while it’s a Christmas tradition, Glögg’s also become a Texas Wine Month tradition for us. Because we make it in limited supply, and because so many of our visitors want to gift it, we make it available in our tasting room in October in anticipation of the holiday rush. This year, it’ll be available in both the Pedernales Cellars and Armadillo’s Leap tasting rooms starting Oct. 22nd.
This year’s edition, like previous years’ versions, is Tempranillo based, with this year’s coming from the Texas High Plains. David approaches it like a port so it can be enjoyed at room temperature; in fact, if you do want to serve it warm, we recommended adding a bit of sugar to taste to balance the tannins and the alcohol at the higher temperature.
In our tasting room, we like to pair Glögg with Swedish holiday cookies, but it can also be enjoyed as a dessert on its own! It’s a great way to say “God Jul!” (Swedish for Merry Christmas) and it’s certainly become part of our entire family’s Christmas tradition.

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