Wine Blogging Wednesday #47 – Sharon Sips Sangria Made with Shiraz on a Sunny Sunday with her Salad
This month’s Wine Blogging Wednesday theme is ‘brought to you by the letter S’, and is hosted by Grape Juice, A Wine Blog. The letter S should figure prominently in the wine name, country, varietal, producer, appellation, vineyard, or really in any way at all! I assume the folks at Grape Juice are fans of Sesame Street, brought to you by PBS since 1969. Here is one of my fave bits from Sesame Street. James Earl Jones sounds particularly Darth Vader-like at ‘Y’.
So being Summer and all, I thought it would be cool to make a nice Sangria. And why not with a Special varietal like Shiraz/Syrah? I chose the Torbeck Woodcutter’s Shiraz 2006 and used this recipe for Sparkling Cranberry Orange Sangria which looked pretty yummy from wineintro.com. Except I didn’t use the Cranberry liqueur as I don’t have any in-house.
The Shiraz by itself is meaty, fruit forward, well-made, concentrated, with smooth tannins and a good finish. The Sangria is mostly fruit juice and it super refreshing. I used pulpy O.J. and cranberry-pomegranate juice (100% juice) as I avoid any juice with high fructose corn syrup in it. I used this over-the-top decanter I bought at Pier 1 a few months ago.
I’m late with this posting. I actually imbibed another S-intensive wine on Wednesday but didn’t write down the tasting notes at dinner. OopS.