Every once in a while it’s nice to take a break from drinking high-proof cocktails and spirits, and enjoy something somewhat less boozy. During the summer, one of my favorite choices is Sangria. Fruity, punch-like and great straight or on the rocks, it makes for a perfect welcome at the end of the day.
The JOYA (“jewel”) blends are created in La Puebla de Amoradiel, Spain. Using 12% abv to allow for dilution when poured over ice, the flavor retains its intensity. The Red Sangria is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Bobal varietals, while the White Sangria uses only the Airén grape. Both are then mixed with natural Mediterranean fruit essences.
White (12% abv) Light, simple and somewhat one-dimensional, the white has notes of pineapple, green apple, and lime. Best served well-chilled and neat in a wine glass, this makes for a slightly tart sangria experience. GSN Rating: B-
Red (12% abv) Quite fruity and warmly sweet. The flavor is fresh and natural, but obviously not a house made sangria. I prefer to have this over ice. The blend of red wines makes for a slightly smoky and chalky edge which work well with the fruit flavors. GSN Rating: B+
For more information go to: Joya Sangria