That being said, I'm definitely not above wines like Trader Joe's good ol' Two Buck Chuck (Charles Shaw), or other "value" wines. Boxed wine I will definitely pass up, but I'm realistic and know what I can and can't afford. Sutter Home, Charles Shaw, and a few others have suited me just fine over the years, and will probably continue to do so until I can finally afford that incredible Zinfandel from Ledson Vineyards. Honestly, if I knew more about how to review a wine, I would give some recommendations on some rather delicious wines for under $7. If you're interested in these, shoot me an email and I'll tell you about some of my favorites.
Someday I'll post a more traditional recipe, and I'm definitely looking to duplicate the amazing - albeit heavily spiked - version that they offer at Iberia Restaurant, but with a spring storm scheduled to ruin the rest of this week, I thought it'd be nice to post a reminder of the warm weather that will stick around at some point in the future.
Since for me it's more about the combination of flavors as opposed to focusing on the wine itself, I have absolutely no problem using Two Buck Chuck for this, making this completely affordable. Honestly, I would feel terrible if I used a $40 bottle of wine for sangria, but that's just me. Another TJ's product I make use of for this recipe is the Mangolicious fruit blend (mangos, raspberries & blueberries) because of its wonderful combination of fruits. You can definitely use fresh fruit, but you'll need to ice your sangria very well to enjoy its flavors to their fullest. I like the idea of mangos and berries together, and you can easily find these in most frozen food aisles of supermarkets. I add a little pineapple, some orange slices, a bit of ginger ale, and I end up with a delicious, lightly fizzy serving of fruit with my wine. Talk about multitasking. :)
Sweet & Fruity White Wine Sangria (serves 4-6; Total cost per serving: $2)
1 bottle of well-chilled white wine
1/2 liter ginger ale
1 c Mangolicious frozen fruit blend (or 1/3 c frozen blueberries, 1/3 c frozen mango, and 1/3 c frozen raspberries)
1/3 c frozen pineapple
1/2 orange, sliced
A few cubes of ice (optional for extra chilling)
Combine the wine & ginger ale in a large pitcher and stir well. Add the fruit & ice and stir gently. Allow to sit for an hour at the very least. Garnish glasses with orange slices, and enjoy!