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Sangria, Any Time You Want One

Joya Sangria bottom LabelSangria, anyone? Yes, I see happy smiles and people nodding. Sangria is a refreshing wine, a cocktail, if you will, which typically combines white or red wine with various fruit (oranges, apples, pineapples, lemon, strawberries and anything else your heart desires), often enhanced with a splash of brandy. Sangria originates in Spain and Portugal, and you can often find it served at many Spanish restaurants (but not only there).

While it sounds simple – wine and fruit, right? – making good tasting Sangria is an art. You don’t want Sangria to be too sweet, but you do want to have the fruit present. You need to start with the right wine (California Cabernet Sauvignon might be a bad choice), and you need to steep the fruit in the wine to achieve robust and satisfying flavor. I’m sure anyone who tried to make good tasting Sangria at home, or ordered one in a restaurant, would agree with me – it is easier said than done.

But what if I tell you that your quest for delicious Sangria just got a lot easier? Enters Joya™ – Joya™ Sangria from Spain, to be precise. I recently got a sample of White and Red Joya™ Sangria, and was delighted with what I tasted.

Joya Sangria Red and White

Joya™ White Sangria Spain (12% ABV, SRP $12.99/750, $29.99/3L box, Airén grape, all natural essences of fresh Mediterranean citrus fruit) – slightly muted nose of fresh white fruit, peaches and guava. Palate is perfectly balanced with white stone fruit, plums, refreshing grapefruit bitterness and touch of honeydew sweetness – you can add ice and fruit, or you can perfectly enjoy it as it is. Drinkability: 7+

Joya™ Red Sangria Spain (12% ABV, SRP $12.99/750, $29.99/3L box, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Bobal grapes, all natural essences of fresh Mediterranean citrus fruit) – freshly crushed red fruit on the nose, nice blackberries and dark plums on the palate with the orange peel and mint cutting through the mid-palate. Excellent balance. Playful and very enjoyable by itself, with or without any ice and fruit addition. Drinkability: 7+

While working on this short post, I also learned an interesting fact – the word Sangria on the bottle of wine is protected under EU law, and can appear only on the wines coming from Spain and Portugal.

There you have it my friends – delicious Sangria any time you crave one, also at a good price. Drop a bottle of Joya™ in the fridge and enjoy it. Be careful though – it is really easy to drink… Happy summer, folks! Cheers!

  1. August 14, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I like the “Made For Grown Ups” disclaimer. It would be even funnier if there was a “Made for Kids” disclaimer. (Oh wait, that’s Mad Dog 20/20. At least it was when I was a kid.) 😉

    • talkavino
      August 14, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Yes, I liked that too, hence the picture in the blog 🙂

  2. August 15, 2015 at 10:13 am

    funny anatoli, you mentioned Sangria and I found myself shaking my head thinking of all the terrible ones I have had the misfortune to try, a good sangria however, is indeed worth a toast – and prefer to make this type of thing myself, but of your also trust you if you say that the Joya is good – happy saturday Poli

    • talkavino
      August 15, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Poli, taste is strictly individual, so I can’t give you any guarantees – I can only honestly say that I did like it.

  3. August 15, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I trust your recommendation Anatoli, I usually make Sangria but have yet to find a recipe I repeat, I keep trying new ones searching for that perfect one. This bottled sangria sounds great!

    • talkavino
      August 15, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Try it if you can find it – I know everybody have their own idea of “tasty sangria”, but I did like this one!

  4. August 16, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Lovely! Off to do a google search to find out if they export to Australia! 😉

    • talkavino
      August 16, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Let me know if you can find it! I can put you in touch with the distributor if you want.

      • August 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm

        Sadly I can’t seem to find anyone here in Australia selling it Anatoli… perhaps they’re breaking into the US market first, before conquering the world!? 🙂

  5. August 16, 2015 at 6:11 am

    When I was in Barcelona recently, a waiter told me a cheat they use for white “Sangria”, cava and fanta lemon, lots of ice cubes, honestly it’s very sweet, but a lot better than it sounds!

    • talkavino
      August 16, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Sounds interesting. Never had a sparkling Sangria, and using Fanta in a drink like that sounds a bit unorthodox, but… why not?

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