10 Best Red Wines for Sangria 2022
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Have you ever noticed the summer sun sets in shades of Sangria? Ruby reds, pastel purples, zingy oranges.
While the aesthetic draw might be the warm array of colors, when crafting your Sangria, it’s important to always use a quality wine. Select a wine you enjoy on its own. Large format bottles and boxes are perfect for a party, and large-batch Sangria will give you more time to spend with friends and family, rather than playing bartender all night.
Sangria is endlessly customizable, but each starts out the same. A simple concoction of red or white wine combined with fresh fruit creates a beautiful marriage of flavors that stand alone perfectly without any other ingredients. The simplicity of this recipe makes creating a pitcher to store for the work week a breeze.
Even when creating a Sangria in bulk, remember not every glass of Sangria has to be the same—and that is where the beauty of this cocktail lies. Little nuances, like the addition of fruit juice or liqueurs, different fruits with different ripeness levels and even a splash of a little bubbly water or soda can bring new life and a unique experience to each glass and each sip.
Maple syrup can be a fun addition if you are looking for a sweeter end to your day. Those craving acidity can slice citrus fruits as both flavor and garnish, adding stunning visuals to your beverage. Strawberries, blackberries and blueberries create a sweet, tangy element. Spices, herbs, and other sweeteners such as simple syrups or brown sugar cultivate a complexity of flavors that can please even the toughest crowd.
Below are 10 red wines ready to serve as agents of alchemy.
Ignacio Marín 2020 Magnifico Garnacha (Cariñena); $13, 88 points. Dark garnet in the glass, this wine has a nose of blackberry and roasted red pepper. Mellow tannins roll across the taste buds carrying flavors of cherry, raspberry, vanilla, violet and black pepper that roll on towards a floral-laced finish. Best Buy. —M.D.
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RhonéA 2020 Terroir Daronton (Côtes du Rhône); $11, 88 points. Whiffs of burnt caramel and blackcherry preserve meld into black-currant jelly in this fruit-forward blend of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah. Ample in body and framed by fine, lingering tannins, the immediately accessible, juicy red offers a hint of granitic minerality for elegance. At peak now–2024. Best Buy. —A.I.
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Bota Box NV Cabernet Sauvignon (California); $15/3L. 87 points. Full of dark fruit flavors and plenty ripe in character, this easy-drinking wine frames rich berry and dark plum notes with mild tannins and adds a touch of sweetness on the finish. Best Buy. —J.G.
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Published on July 15, 2022