16 Mar

Irish Mulled Wine Recipe


In our world, St. Patrick’s Day becomes a long, weekend celebration. The official day is March 17th, but the universal desire to share good times with good friends lasts much longer than that.

So, think it over for a minute and decide to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style, with some authentic mulled wine.

Our chilled MIA ROSA Dolce Rosso is a semi-sweet, semi-sparkling wine, the perfect accompaniment to holiday reverie. It goes surprisingly well as a featured ingredient to that holiday favorite, mulled wine.

Direct from the source, we bring you mulled wine creatively infused with our own MIA ROSA Dolce Rosso. This Mulled Wine Recipe by The Irish Countrywoman’s Association (ICA) calls for red wine, so why not make it with MIA ROSA?

As lovingly described by ICA member Patricia Cavanagh, of the Ballinode Guild in Monaghan: “Each year since the new millennium, on the Sunday before Christmas, my local walking club in Knockatallon on the Monaghan–Tyrone border meet up with the Clogher Valley walkers. Our annual ‘mulled wine walk’ takes us up to Knockmany Cairn, an ancient passage grave situated on a high hilltop. There we sing carols and share flasks of mulled wine with homemade mince pies and shortbread.”

Sounds lovely – we’re a bit green with envy. But, if you can’t make it to Ireland this year, what’s stopping you from creating your own version of a walking club celebration?

Here’s the recipe. Create, enjoy and dance your own jig!
Serves 12–15
– 1 lemon, unwaxed if possible
– 1 large orange, or two mandarin oranges
– 4 dozen cloves, approx.
– 170g (6oz) brown sugar
– 2 sticks cinnamon
– 2–3 star anise (optional)
– 1 bottle red wine (MIA ROSA Rosso)
– ½ bottle ruby port

To garnish
- thin slices of orange and lemon
- sprinkling of grated nutmeg (optional)

1. Pare the lemon and the orange (or mandarins) thinly and remove the pith.
2. Stud the peeled fruit all over with cloves, and add to a large saucepan with 570ml (1 pint) water. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon and star anise, if using. If you are using unwaxed lemons or oranges, you can add the peel too.
3. Stir over heat until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for about an hour to give the flavours time to combine. (Even better, you can prepare this a day in advance to really give the flavours a chance to blend, and simply reheat it before the next step.)
4. Strain and discard the fruit and spices. Return the infused liquid to the saucepan and add the red wine and port. Reheat to bring almost to the boil.
5. Serve hot with orange and lemon slices and a sprinkling of nutmeg if desired.


22 Feb

MIA Sangria

With the Oscars coming up this Sunday, it is time to get serious about having fun. That means getting your party together (big or small), rolling out the red carpet/rug, planning the food and, most importantly, deciding on the right beverages.

Our stand-alone MIA ROSA Rosso and Moscato are both semi-sweet and semi-sparkling, ideal for a long night of Oscar viewing. This week you can purchase either and get 10 percent off or fill your cart with 6 and get free shipping.

So, while our deliciously light MIA ROSA slightly chilled is ideal for celebrations, why not go a step further and create something special with a Sangria recipe courtesy of the Food Network’s Bobby Flay? We took the liberty of substituting Flay’s Spanish red with our Italian import, MIA ROSA.

According to the experts, a great Sangria goes very well with seafood: “the citrus fruit in the drink complements the dish. Serve grilled or fried calamari with aioli for dipping. Or, grill or pan-seared, spice-rubbed shrimp to go with your sangria. Scallop-based dishes, lobster, crab and oysters all play nicely off of the wine punch.”

Don’t forget that most cheeses will also go over well with your MIA ROSA-infused Sangria. Some of the most recommended varieties include brie, goat, aged-cheddar, Gouda, Asiago and Camembert.

We think you’ll like the results.

2 bottles MIA ROSA Rosso red wine
1 cup brandy
1/2 cup triple sec
1 cup orange juice
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 cup simple syrup, or more to taste (equal parts sugar and water, heated until sugar dissolves, cooled)
Orange slices
Apple slices


Mix all ingredients together and let stand in a tightly sealed container or pitcher for at least 24 hours in the refrigerator before serving. 

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

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16 Feb

Millenials Love Their Wine!


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When it comes to wine consumption, it looks like millenials have caught and surpassed baby boomers. More of us are drinking more wine in the U.S. and doing so at all levels of taste and price.

For the latest 2015 survey results, check out this detailed report. It’s going to be a great year for wine in 2016!

03 Feb

Wine and the Super Bowl?

Illustration: Bob Eckstein for The New York Times

People in America watch football a lot, often munching on snack food and drinking beer. But, once the NFL playoffs start and culminate in this weekend’s Super Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the audience increases dramatically and wine becomes the social beverage of choice for a growing legion of fans. As New York Times reporter Ken Belson points out, much of that affinity for good wine and professional football is coming from Millennials. And, with the big game being played so close to Wine Country, it’s no surprise that the lucky few attending in person will have a their choice of 60 different brands to choose from. For the rest of us (about 100 million in the U.S.), there’s always semi-sweet, semi-sparkling MIA ROSA to match with your chicken wings or fruit and cheese platters. Enjoy the game!

13 Jan

Does Wine Go Bad?

Does Wine GO Bad
Just as sticking a spoon in an open bottle of champagne to keep the bubbles is based more on myth than fact, so too are a number of assumptions about how to know when your wine goes bad. There are some legitimate ways to keep that tasty bottle of MIA ROSA fresh a bit longer. As revealed in this tasty article from Bustle, there are ways to make the most of your favorite wines.

15 Dec

Red Wine is the New Workout

WineInsteadOfWorkoutNo one here is suggesting you give up the treadmill altogether. But, a glass of red wine may occasionally substitute for that gym workout and with similar results. What’s intriguing is new research that reveals a glass of red wine may be equal to an hour spent at your local gym. Something to think about over the holidays, when get-togethers and parties don’t leave you enough time to work it all off.

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