12 Drinks of Christmas: Day #3 Conway Family Wines Give You a New Spin for Holidays!

While I get carried away with cocktails, wines are still part of the mix in my pantry, bar and also what I often drink when I go out. What I love to do is hit my local gastropubs and those that feature 3 oz sips as opposed to 6-8 oz make me very happy because then I can drink light if I am still going to work or try a couple of varietals if I am feeling spunky!!

Conway Family Wines 2008 “Deep Sea Red”, Central Coast. $24.00

Deep Sea Red is a very special wine– one I am going to have to go buy just to test drive this out. Not only do I want to drink it, I want to cook with it a bit too. I think a deglazing or something mixed with Robert Lambert’s Dark Cherries in Merlot Syrup would be a good partnership if you think about pouring this over a chocolate tarte or paired with chocolate mousse or lava cake.

A special bottle of wine, this rich, complex, fruity Syrah blend, has aromas of blueberry pie, cinnamon and smoke. The flavors unfold as blackberry compote, date, white chocolate, bacon, and a hint of white pepper. Perfect with holiday fare, such as turkey with gravy, honey baked ham, and roast beef.

Notes from Conway Wines:

The 2008 Deep Sea Red shows incredibly dark purple hues reminiscent of pomegranate. The nose jumps at you with intense notes of dark red fruits including blackberry, plum, fresh bread, red meats, followed with hints of rose petal, thyme/oregano and lavender. The entry shows both its very nice acidity and youthful yet soft, sweet tannins. This wine unfolds into jam and cherry cola, supplemented with very nice oak integration.

Let’s have a little fun with this wine– after all it’s almost Christmas and goodness knows I have been working WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too hard not to sit down and enjoy something really tasty with family and friends (or even by myself. Wonder if I can sneak this into a movie theater?)

Gillian Conway’s Mulled Wine Recipe
Serves 4

1 large orange
1/2 red apple
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
3 star anise pods
2 cardamom pods
6 whole cloves
6 whole black peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick, plus 4 for garnish
1 bottle (3 cups) Conway Family Wines “Deep Sea Red”
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons of honey
1/4 cup brandy
In a large pot combine quartered orange (with skin still on), apple, cloves, anise, cardamom, peppercorns, cinnamon stick, Deep Sea Red wine, sugar, honey, and brandy. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes. Avoid boiling. Reduce heat to low after 25 minutes, strain, and serve. Garnish glasses with cinnamon stick.


Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and drink responsibly– especially if you are drinking one of these recipes or cocktails!

Stevie Wilson,

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