Lucas & Lewellen

Guests at Lucas & Lewellen Wine Tasting Room in Solvang enjoy a Julefest "Wine & Beer Walk" experience.

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Where there are Danes, there’s glogg, a strong holiday drink made with wine and brandy or rum, raisins and spice. For Solvang, which celebrates its annual Julefest (pronounced yule-fest), the holiday drink gives local wine and beer merchants a chance to compete for the best glogg title.

This year’s first “Glogg Contest” will be held during the annual Solvang Julefest “Wine & Beer Walk” on Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10. The event, also known as “Skal Stroll,” begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. on both days.

“Many of the wine and beer makers also will be creating glogg, a hot toddy for you to taste along with their regular offerings,” said Daniel Lahr, special program manager and Julefest coordinator for the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Each participant gets to vote for their favorite Solvang glogg with a ballot included in their passport.

“Bragging rights will be awarded after the votes are tabulated by December 16, 2017,” Lahr said. “This is a new tradition you won’t want to miss. Rumor has it that even beer will be used in some fashion.”

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

“Wine & Beer Walk Skal Stroll” tickets are $45 per person (over 21 years of age). The price includes tastings at all locations; passport and map to participating shops and restaurants; a souvenir glass; and glogg contest ballot.

“Skal Stroll happens rain or shine,” Solvang’s CVB announced in a press release, adding that “the event is expected to sell out.”

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