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Glass of wine or cup of tea? Why not both, in the same glass

Two of life's pleasures in one

Glass of wine or cup of tea? Why not both, in the same glass
Holly Pyne

There’s nothing better than settling down in front of the TV with a glass of wine after a stressful day at work, or if you fancy a quieter one, a hot cup of tea. But, why only have one or the other? With Pernod Ricard’s new tea-infused wine range you can have both.

The Tea & Wine range includes one white and one red bottle; a 2018 unoaked Chardonnay infused with Egyptian Chamomile blossoms and a 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon with Sri-Lankan Chai.
The wine is made using loose leaf tea, which is infused into the wines after the fermentation process. According to Tea & Wine, not an easy process to perfect as they revealed it took two years and hundreds of trials to get the drink just right.
Speaking about the trials, the brand’s spokesperson Helen Herges said there had been many “spectacular fails”.
“First, we tried the obvious. We were brewing tea and blending it into wine, and then we tried to brew tea in cold wine. Drinkable? Maybe, but not very great,” said Herges.
“We then moved on to the little bit more ‘out there’ methods. We were drying grapes on a bed of tea leaves, inspired by the Amarone in Italy. We even tea smoked a barrel to finish the wine in, which was inspired by the Chinese tea smoked duck.”
For all that effort, the novelty is fairly inexpensive with a bottle only setting you back £12. There is some bad news, though, it is currently only available from Australian Dan Murphy’s stores so, if you aren't based in Oz, you'll have a little longer to try it.
  • If you fancy a more traditional cuppa, check out our list of the best tea brands

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