GSN Review: Joya Sangria


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

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