Make Napa Valley-style mulled wine for the vacations

Whether Glögg, mulled wine or mulled wine, this aromatic sipper is a holiday classic and a great winter warmer. If you’re looking for a good guide, CK Mondavi and Family Winery, the fourth generation of Napa Valley winemakers, share their favorite recipe, that of Derek Kwong of. was created Bartender SF, for Mondavi mulled wine.

If you’re looking for even more holiday wine cocktail inspiration, you can find recipes for candy cane winetinis and mulled wine sangria at

Mondavi mulled wine

Serves 4 through 5


1 bottle of CK Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

5 whole cloves

3 stars anise, plus more for garnish

3 Vietnamese cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish

2 tablespoons honey (Mondavi uses the Wild Mountain brand)

2 blood oranges, shared use


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, mix the wine, spices, and honey.

Cut 1 blood orange into thin slices and place in a saucepan. Slice the second blood orange and set aside.

Bring the contents of the pan to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium to low and simmer gently for 10 minutes.

Carefully ladle into serving cups as the contents are hot (and tasty). Garnish each with a blood orange slice, a cinnamon stick and a star anise and serve immediately.

– Courtesy of Derek Kwong, Barkeep SF and CK Mondavi and family

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Napa firefighter raises cash for household of slain Southern California firefighter

NAPA, Calif. (KRON) – A Bay Area firefighter helps a family who suffered a great loss in Southern California.

He helps raise money for the family of a firefighter who was killed by a colleague a week ago.

Napa Fire Captain Ryan Chagonjian has been making bespoke flags from recycled fire hoses for seven years.

The first was for himself and it picked up speed quickly and has been used for charity ever since.

Firefighter killed co-workers at the Los Angeles County Fire Station

$ 100,000 has been raised through his efforts over the years, and it’s a family affair – the captain’s wife and her siblings are all involved in designing the flag.

This time around, they’re giving it away to raise money for the family of 44-year-old Tory Carlon from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, who was shot and killed by a disgruntled colleague.

Chagonjian says he wants to do what he can and show the victim’s family that there are good people in the world who will care.

The raffle costs $ 10 and is open to the public nationwide. They will send this flag to a winner across the country.

The drawing is Friday at 5 p.m.

The flag measures 24 “by 40” and 100% of the proceeds go to the victim’s family.

You can take part in the raffle at

PHOTOS: Napa Excessive, Classic Excessive Meet For ‘Massive Recreation,’ COVID-Fashion

NAPA, CA – Napa’s “Big Game” Friday night at Memorial Stadium was scaled back – and delayed for months – due to coronavirus restrictions, but the marching band was still playing and cheerleaders and spirit squads were still performing as Napa High School competed entered rival Vintage High from Crosstown School.

Darci Ward, Sporting Director of Napa High School, recalled years past when around 10,000 fans, students and alumni packed the stadium for a standing audience only.

This year the big game XLIX was broadcast live so die-hard fans don’t miss the action of the decades-long rivalry.

In the end, Vintage beat Napa 35-7, but everyone agreed it was good to be back on the grid.

Enjoy our photo gallery of the big event courtesy of local photographer Al Francis.