Do you want a refreshing, fruity summer drink? Sangria is simple to make and fun to drink with friends. You may know the 7 deadly sins of choosing a good wine.. but since Sangria is a mixed wine cocktail there are different rules.
When I first tried sangria, I thought it was the best drink I’d ever had! And I’ve always wanted to make it at home to share with my family and friends.
So I’ve been looking for the best wines for sangria on the internet. And there are different ways to make it.
One of the best things about sangria recipes is that you may use different wines in the mix.
But first, we will talk a little history of sangria.
The History Of Sangria
The first sangrias were watered mixes of wine, water, herbs, and spices. Since the water was unsafe to drink at the time, the Romans would add anything to kill the bacteria.
The drink’s name is from the Spanish word “sangre,” which means “blood” and refers to the drink’s dark color.
They later added brandy and fruits to the wine to make it stronger and tasty.
Sangria became known in the United States at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Those who went by the Spanish World area were served a tasty wine punch.
From there, it became the country’s picnic and summer party drink.
Wines You Shouldn’t Use to Make Sangria
You can actually use any kind of wine for sangria. However, you should avoid using your expensive, high-end bottles of wine. Unless it’s a bottle that’s been open for a few days and won’t taste good.
When it comes to wines in a sangria, the main thing to remember is that they should be fruity, less tannic, and preferably not oaky.
You need wine, some sweetener like honey, a liqueur, soda or other non-alcoholic mixers, and fruit in sangria to make it taste good.
7 Top Wines To Use For Best Tasting Sangria
Here are some wines that you can start with when you’re a beginner at making sangria.
- Pinot Noir
Fruity and light Pinot Noir is a classic red wine with low tannins. It has a bit of sweet flavor that is pleasant to drink. It features cherry, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry notes, cloves, and hibiscus on the finish.
Garnacha is known for its low tannins, rich red fruit flavors, and acidity. It’s a popular sangria ingredient because of its rich natural berry flavors, which go well with fresh fruit.
Tempranillo has a deep color, a rich texture, and aromas of black cherries, blackberries, and cola. To avoid a strongly oaked flavor, look for Tempranillos labeled “Crianza” or “Joven.”
- Primitivo or Zinfandel
Primitivo is mainly grown in Italy, while Zinfandel is grown in California. Both have a rich, jammy fruit flavor: cherries, strawberries, raspberries, raisins, and spice and floral aroma.
- Nero d’Avola
Nero d’Avola is a dark, soft, and juicy wine from southern Italy. Nero d’Avola also makes great dry rosé, perfect for lighter sangrias.
- Bonarda or Douce Noir
Bonarda is usually less expensive, providing great value for its rich, fruity taste. You can mix it with other varieties, but it is also delicious on its own, with rich raspberry and plum flavors.
- Malbec Wine
It is versatile and easy to drink, with rich, inky-red color and a silky texture. It’s a medium to full-bodied wine with a deep, dark fruit scent and a smooth chocolatey finish. Malbec has a high tannin content. Choose an older wine with softer tannins.
Tips For Making The Best Sangria
- Sweeten your sangria with more fruit juice, simple syrup, agave nectar, or a dash of tonic water if the wine you chose is too dry for you.
- Make the sangria a day ahead of time so the flavors can integrate, similar to how you marinate meat to make it taste better the next day.
- Choose a bottle that you’d be happy to drink on its own.
Have a toast for your refreshing sangria drink. Invite your friends over for a barbeque party and make your sangria.
On hot summer days, cold sangria is surely refreshing. It’s also ideal for cooler days, thanks to the red wine base and various seasonal fruit options.
You don’t have to go out and buy the most expensive bottle of wine. Whatever you have will make a tasty and refreshing sangria.
I also love making cheese platters to pair with sangria. You should try it for yourself too!
What do you think is the best dish to pair with sangria? Let me know in the comments!