It’s about that time to kick back with a pitcher of ice-cold, fruit-packed sangria. This crowd-pleasing wine-based punch is easy-to-make and designed for warm-weather occasions. Start by selecting one of these fruity, high-acid white or red wines as your base and make it your own version by adding the season’s ripest fruits.
These citrusy and lightly boozy white wines are best suited for sangria served at an afternoon barbeque.
Calamares 2014 Vinho Verde; $8, 84 points, Best Buy
El Supremo 2014 Torrontés (Mendoza); $8, 86 points, Best Buy
Mezzacorona 2014 Pinot Grigio (Vigneti delle Dolomiti); $9, 87 points, Best Buy
Pewsey Vale 2014 Individual Vineyard Selection Dry Riesling (Eden Valley); $17, 89 points
Santa Rita 2014 120 Sauvignon Blanc (Central Valley); $9, 85 points, Best Buy
These red wines boast the bold, juicy fruit you’ll crave at a late-night soirée.
Feudo di Santa Tresa 2013 Frappato (Sicilia); $15, 88 points
J. Portugal Ramos 2013 Ramos Reserva Red (Alentejano); $10, 88 points, Best Buy
Los Dos 2013 Grenache-Syrah (Campo de Borja); $8, 88 points, Best Buy
Sofia 2013 Red (Paso Robles); $17, 88 points
Thorin 2014 Nouveau (Beaujolais); $12, 87 points, Best Buy