Wine Punch from Spain to North America

PC Black Label Sangria Cocktail
Wine Punch from Spain to North America
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Cynthia Silversides

Cynthia Silversides

Cynthia Silversides is an accredited Sommelier certified by both the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) and Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS). Passionate about great wine, food, and travel experiences, Cynthia is owner of Niagara Vino providing tutored wine tasting and tour services in the Niagara Peninsula wine region of Ontario, Canada.Follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

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Sangria is a refreshing fruit and wine punch originally made in Spain centuries ago with red wine, typically Rioja (Tempranillo grape). The name comes from the Spanish word for blood, sangre, in reference to its dark red colour. In Victorian times the Claret Cup became a fashionable wine punch in the UK similar to Sangria made with a Claret base (British name for Bordeaux wine) and interesting garnish of Borage or cucumber.

After being served at the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair in the Pavilion of Spain, Sangria gained great popularity in North America. Today Sangria is made in many places with red or white wine, and any number of creative ingredients. Consumed in Spain year-round, it is not only a good thirst-quencher in the summer, but can also make for a festive drink during the winter months. After all, December 20th is National Sangria Day!

Ontario, Canada has a fair amount of recipe ideas for making Sangria using local wine and produce, a brief assemblage:

Mastronardi Sangria

Mastronardi Sangria

Featherstone Winery Summer Sangria, base: Featherstone Gemstone red wine

Mastronardi Estate Winery Mastronardi Sangria, base: red wine

Norfolk Farms Party Time Sangria, base: Villa Nova Norfolk Red

Colio Estate Wines Girls’ Night Out Instant Sangria, base: Merlot/Chardonnay

Foodland Ontario White Sangria with Nectarines and Coronation Grapes, base: Ontario Pinot Grigio or other dry white wine

Ontario Tender Fruit Ontario Peach Sangria, base: Ontario white wine, lemonade or iced tea, garnish: basil

President’s Choice White Sangria, base: white wine or Prosecco, mixer: PC Black Label Sangria Cocktail

Magnotta Sangria Alegria, base: red or white

Happy summer, Cheers!




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