10 January 2014

NV Eppa SupraFruta Red Sangria

Sangria is something that would have never have been invented in Memphis. This area is not a great place for making wine, and citrus does not grow well here. A combination of the two would have never arisen here, but these days all of the necessary ingredients are readily available and it's easy to make if you have a bunch of spare wine sitting around (ahem).

For those who don't want to spend the time blending and straining their own recipes, various bottled options are available. I have not tried Adam Carolla's Mangria but it's one of many pre-mixed options out there today. Eppa SupraFruta Sangria seeks to focus on the organic superfruit juice craze. While there is no legal definition for a superfruit, a lot of these ingredients have become popular recently. Orange juice is easy to make; pomegranate juice is harder. Does that make one better than the other? No, but it is nice to have all of these different natural flavors available.

NV Eppa SupraFruta Red Sangria
Proprietary blend of Mendocino County red wine with pomegranate, blueberry, blood orange, and açaí juices
$11, 8.5% abv.

Not as sweet as I'd expected, and the wine shows a fairly decent balance with some deep flavors from the blueberry and açaí. I've used pomegranate and blood orange juice in cocktails in the past, and found that I enjoyed the overall mix. Serve over ice and break out the chips and salsa.

Note: This bottle was provided as a sample for review.

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