The winner of the first annual “Gløgg Contest” that was held during the Solvang Julefest Wine & Beer Walk Skål Stroll was Sort This Out Cellars.
Popular in Denmark around the Christmas holidays, Gløgg is loosely defined as mulled, spiced wine and usually contains red wine, orange rind, cinnamon, raisins, blanched almonds, cardamom, cloves and honey as well as aquavit, rum or brandy in varying combinations. This season is the first time that Solvang, known as “California’s Denmark” has conducted a Gløgg contest during the annual Julefest (pronounced Yule-Fest) celebration; presented by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) on behalf of the City of Solvang with sponsorship support from Visit Santa Ynez Valley, Waste Management and other area businesses.
Solvang CVB Special Programs Manager Daniel Lahr says, “Eight of the 18 wine and beer makers participating in the Skål Stroll created Gløgg, a hot toddy for you to taste along with their regular offerings. The Skål Stroll was a sell-out with 300 guests and more than 100 completed ballots to vote for their favorite Solvang Gløgg.” The winners were:
First Place: Sort This Out Cellars, 1636 Copenhagen Dr.
Second Place: Wandering Dog Wine Bar, 1539-B Mission Dr.
Third Place: Presidio Winery, 1603 Copenhagen Dr., Suite 1