Tea & Wine infusion

Tea plus wine – the dream (Picture: Pernod Ricard)

2019 has been a year of unlikely product combinations. We’ve had everything from the delicious Pringles-flavoured ramen and croiffles, to the hideously cursed Branston Pickle-infused tea.

Which is why we’re either excited or terrified by the latest one. It involves two of our all-time favourite drinks – but will they pair well?

A simple Google search of ‘tea and wine’ might have you running for the hills, or the hills that don’t feature a tea plantation and vineyard. There are forums, Reddit threads and homemaking blogs packed with tea and wine homebrew recipes and images of vats filled with cloudy amber liquid.

Fortunately, French winemakers Pernod Ricard have just released a slightly more professional blend of the timeless drink.

The Australian-made ‘Tea & Wine’ range includes two varieties, a 2018 unoaked Chardonnay infused with Chamomile and a 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon infused with Chai. Mmm, we can almost smell the cinnamon.

A bottle will set you back just £12, however it’s currently available only in Australian liquor store Dan Murphy’s.

‘We experimented with many ways of infusing the delicate notes of tea into wine and finally after years of research discovered the best method to find the perfect integration,’ said Tea & Wine spokesperson Helene Herges.

So, yeah. Everything has changed.

When your day has been rough as guts, you can skip the whole evening charade. There’s no need to sip demurely from your tea cup as you eye your comically-large wine goblet, knowing full well you’re hitting that after dinner. Now, you can simply treat yourself to both beverages the minute you walk in the door.

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