Wine of the Week: Witches Brew

This week’s wine is Leelanau Cellar’s Witches Brew. Leelanau is a Michigan winery started in 1974 in Northern Michigan by the Jacobson family. Leelanau (Lee-La-Naw) is an Indian word meaning “Delight of Life.” They also have a tasting room outside of Traverse City which I’ve previously visited.

Witches Brew is the perfect fall wine. It’s a red blend enhanced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and other natural spices.

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Witches Brew is what you would call a mulled wine. A red wine that has been warmed and spiced. You heat it up on your stove and serve it warm. You can also add fun things like cloves, cinnamon sticks or orange zest. Really anything goes. Mulled wine dates back to 1420 in Germany where they call it Gluhwein (roughly translated to “glow wine.” There have even been documented mulled wines as far back as ancient Rome.

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Have you tried Witches Brew yet? It’s perfect for a tailgate or any outdoor event. I would love to hear what you think about it.

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  1. I just tried this myself, and actually tried cooking with it too. Not only does it taste good in general, but it also gives meat a wonderful flavor!
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  2. I have a friend who loves this and drinks it year around!!! I need to try it again, because I bought it once and didn’t think I cared for it.

  3. I am not a wine drinker, had never thought to cook with wine!!! this is will have to try!! thanks for this post!
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  4. Ahh, my favorite! I only drink it in fall, though–it’s a tradition of ours!
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  5. Michelle Tardiff says:

    Thanks for the reminder to get some. I tasted it for the first time last year at a Halloween party and loved it. It’s sooooo good.

  6. Thanks for the reminder to go get some Witches Brew wine. I tasted it for the first time last year at an Halloween party and I loved it. It’s sooooo good.
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  7. Yum, yum, yum. Love Witches Brew. So good.
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  8. I do so love Michigan wines! They’re delicious and it’s great to support local businesses. This is one of my favorites, we brought some with us camping a couple weeks ago and it was perfect for those cool nights by the fire.
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  9. We make the same thing with Witch’s Brew. It gives it such a great flavor. I might try mine with hot damn this weekend.
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  10. I had it when we were in Traverse City for a fall conference and it wasn’t bad especially up North when there is a bit of bite to the air this time of year.

  11. I tried this for the first time last weekend on a play date (haha). It was delicious!!!!
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