What is the best red wine for classic Spanish Sangria recipe ?

Seeking to create a greater sangria, we are looking for the best wines to make it a great drink.

What is Sangria?

The name Sangria originated from Spain and was appreciated across Europe as a punch cocktail made from the combination of fruit and a sugar-sweetened wine. Rumor has it that this drink was introduced into the US for the first time at the World Fair in 1964.

Nowadays, sangria is considered one of the very most popular wine cocktail in the world. Meanwhile, the most popular bar cocktails in Spain include Gin Tonic, Kalimotxo (Cali-mo-cho, or cola and wine), and Sangria.

What is the best red wine to make Sangria?

While some people choose white wine sangria, others prefer red wine. Admittedly the most traditional type.

Red sangria is seen as a strong drink. Therefore, your preferred wine will decide the favor of sangria you like.

To make the best taste, you can mix red wine with pears, oranges, and apples. Below are some popular red wines you can use:

  • Merlot is generally fruity and round, with a soft body. Mix with slight vanilla, Assam tea leaves, dried fig, and pear.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon is often a bigger wine with aromas of cassis (blackcurrent) and blackberry. The palate is filled with loads of cocoa notes and roasted coffee.
  • A Pinot Noir wine, an affordable one, is a lighter choice that will bring upfront fruitiness to your Sangria.

Is Sangria Sweet?

The short answer is yes, generally. Yet…

Sangria makers often add generous amounts of sugar when making sangria, to make th cocktail more appealing to most palates, and balance out the wine and fruit’s natural acidity.

That said, if you choose your ingredients carefully: a soft dry wine with natural ripe and sweet fruits, you will find that not much sugar actually needs to be added.

It’s all a matter of balance, and how sweet you like your drink. So select good ingredients, and more importantly, taste your Sangria before adding too much sugar.

Tips for making the best sangria

First things, first, avoid really bad wines…

Let’s pay attention to the most vital item: wine.

Don’t use a wine in your red sangria if you would not want to drink by itself. Yes, you can improve the taste of a bad wine by adding fruits and sugar. But the result will never be great if the wine is bad.

Chose a soft and fruity wine that you appreciate for itself. Then ‘augment’ it with fruit.

In case you chose a very dry wine, as an alternative to plain sugar, you can sweeten your beverage by adding tonic water, agave nectar, syrup, or simply sweet fruit juice.

For the best taste, make your sangria one day ahead so that the fruit flavor combines well with the wine (like your homemade soups will often taste better on the next day).

Opt for a good wine. However, do not go crazy on its price as the wine’s complexity and refinement is likely to get lost in the process

But yes, wine is the main ingredient to Sangria, so, just let it shine!

For us, Craftwork’s 2015 is an invigorating example of new-generation California Pinot Noir. It’s medium bodied with a delicate mineral notes and a gracious long finish. All the characteristics you’d expect to find in a great Pinot Noir. The perfect red. Guaranteed to impress and superb to concocting red Sangria.

Estate Pinot Noir Monterey by Craftwork Wines 2015


Because the sangria is so easy to make and can go down easy, it can attract your friends, even though they may not be“into wine.”

Just make sure that the wine you use is fruity, inexpensive and tastes good, it will certainly go well with your sangria.

Where to find these wines ?
→ Estate Pinot Noir Monterey by Craftwork Wines 2015

Extract of the content retrieved from: http://socialvignerons.com/2017/08/22/what-is-the-best-wine-for-sangria/.

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