I like wine in all forms. Red or white. Chilled or room temperature. Frizzante or still. Boxed or bottled. Cheap or inexpensive (sorry, I won't shell out an arm and a leg for wine). But I had never had warm wine until we started going to the Christmas markets in Italy, where everyone is sipping on mulled wine — they call it glühwein in Germany, or vin brulè in Italy.
Italians love their wine, and they don't make exceptions for their mulled wine. The traditional version is the red vin brulè, but I was most intrigued (and drank the most of) the white version, which they served with amaretto and apple. And once we got home, I was dying to replicate the recipe myself.
I whipped up a big batch for a holiday party we had at our place in a big pot and all that was left at the end were remnants of cinnamon sticks and star anise. People were very skeptical at first — warm wine?! But it was a big hit and a great cozy drink for a winter party. Plus, it fueled a lot of competitiveness as we battled each other in Cards Against Humanity. Serve it to a group like we did, or make a small batch for yourself and curl up with a mug on the couch under an electric blanket. Because there's never a bad time for wine, cold or warm.