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White and Red Sangria

I love sangria. It is the perfect summer time refreshment. I serve it frequently for BBQs and its very easy to make. Here are two of my favorite recipes for both white and red sangria.

Traditional Sangria (Adapted from food network)

Ingredients:
2 bottles chilled dry red wine, like Rioja (I used Charles Shaw Merlot)
1 cup brandy
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup superfine granulated sugar (I dissolved normal sugar in some water)
1 cup strawberries (cut into quarters unless really small, add us much as you like really)
1 orange, cut into sliced or you can peel it and cut into bite sized pieces
1 apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
2 cups cold club soda

Directions:
In a large pot or bowl, combine the wine, brandy, orange juice, and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the fruit and refrigerate until well chilled, about 4 hours. Remove from the refrigerator and add the soda.

White Sangria (Adapted from the food network)

Ingredients:
2 (750-ml) bottles white Spanish wine, such as Albarino (Galacia), Viura (Rioja), Verdejo (Rueda), or Sauvignon Blanc (I used Charles Shaw Sauvignon Blanc)
1/2 cup Spanish brandy
1/4 cup Spanish orange liqueur (I added triple sec)
1 cup pear juice (I used apricot juice)
1/2 cup superfine sugar (used dissolved normal sugar)
1 diced pear
2 peaches, pit removed and sliced into thin wedges
1/2 pound seedless white grapes
1 (750-ml) bottle Prosecco, chilled

Directions:
Combine the wine, brandy, orange liqueur, pear juice, and sugar in a large pitcher and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the fruit and stir well to combine. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, about 4 hours. Stir in the Prosecco and serve the sangria in large wine glasses, over ice if desired.

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Wine!

Need a good budget wine under 10? Here is what I just ordered from Bevmo and my thoughts on the ones I have drank so far (will update again later):

La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux ’06 ): Table wine with screw top.. nothing exciting.
Pepperwood Grove Merlot ’05: Pretty decent merlot.
Francis Coppola Rosso Classic ’05: A really interesting blend of different grapes. I enjoyed it.
Palo Alto Reserve Red ’07: A new favorite. Bold and strong flavors.
Renwood Zinfandel Lodi ’05
Tormaresca Neprica ’07: Not a stand out due to lack of flavor.

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This Riesling is really wonderful. I usually don’t like Riesling because they are way too sweet, but this was a perfect balance of flavors.

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