Sort This Out Cellars wins gløgg contest

Winners of the first Solvang Julefest gløgg contest are Alanna Dixon and owner-winemaker Michael Cobb of Sort This Out Cellars, who display their “Bragging Rights Winner” Certificate and the custom chocolate “Gløgg Clog” created by Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates of Solvang.

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Sort This Out Cellars at 1636 Copenhagen Drive in Solvang won the first Solvang Julefest gløgg contest, organizers announced.

Popular in Denmark around the Christmas holidays, gløgg is loosely defined as mulled, spiced wine. It usually contains red wine, orange rind, cinnamon, raisins, blanched almonds, cardamom, cloves and honey as well as aquavit, rum or brandy in varying combinations.

Julefest is presented by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau on behalf of the city of Solvang with sponsorship support from Visit Santa Ynez Valley, Waste Management and other area businesses.

“Eight of the 18 wine and beer makers participating in the Skål Stroll (wine and beer walk) 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,” said Special Programs Manager Daniel Lahr of Solvang CVB.

The prize winners were:

The 18 wineries, breweries and tasting bars participating in the 2017 Julefest Wine & Beer Walk “Skål Stroll“ were Cali Love, Casa Cassara, Copenhagen Sausage Garden, Crosshatch Wine Tasting, Dascomb Cellars, Feliz Noche Cellars, Lions Peak Vineyards, Lucas & Lewellen, Lucky Dogg Winery, Olive House, Presidio Winery, Royal Oaks Winery, Solvang Brewing Company, Sort This Out Cellars, The Backroom at Valley Brewers, The Good Life, Toccata and Wandering Dog Wine Bar.

For more information, visit www.SolvangUSA.com/julefest/ or call 805-688-6144.