From steaming mugs of mulled wine to oven-fresh gingerbread and festive lattes — the scent of sweet spices is everywhere during the Christmas period. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, star anise and cloves are the five main components of Christmas spice blends, although variations can include mace, ground coriander and allspice too. But, aside from the mulled variety, wines do not have spices added to them directly — so where do those sweet spicy aromas come from? Wines that have had contact with oak barrels, staves or chips can pick up sweet spice notes from the wood because it has a similar aromatic profile. For example, the aroma compound eugenol is found in both oak and Christmas spices like cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon.
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