December 21 2016 Prep time 15 minutes Total time 30 minutes Ingredients 1 bottle Beringer Main & Vine Merlot 5 cups 2% milk 2 bars semi-sweet chocolate Optional garnishes Marshmallows Whipped Cream Optional spices for mulling wine 3 whole allspice berries 2 whole star anise 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, sliced 3 large strips orange zest 2 cinnamon sticks 4 whole cloves Directions Pour wine into a large saucepan. Stir in optional spices if desired. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Turn heat down to low and keep warm. Combine milk and chocolate in a large saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly until the chocolate is melted and fully mixed into the milk. Pour wine into milk - if mulling spices were used, strain the wine first. Stir to combine wine and hot chocolate before ladling into mugs. Top with marshmallows or whipped cream and enjoy!