Sangria. It’s Spanish for: “Geez it’s hot, I need a delicious, fruity iced wine beverage.”

By Finn Vedelsby — Rocks On Rosalind – Photography by David Field

Drink this anytime you need red wine and the ambient temperature is above 18 degrees. Spain’s national beverage, it is a wine drink which is iced down and diluted with juices, sometimes sweetened naturally with honey or fruit, spiced with sweet spices, and can be fortified with sherry, spirits or port wine. It can also be bubbly with the addition of soda. Really, the options are endless. The attached recipe was derived from a Spanish paper napkin from a sommelier at Villa Paramesa – a fantastic Tapas bar – Valladolid.

For best results make this the day before it’s going to be consumed, or earlier.

  • 1 lemon
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 apples
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cloves
  • 100ml brandy
  • 60ml Cointreau
  • 600ml water
  • 150g sugar
  1. Add water to a large jug
  2. Add sugar and stir until clear
  3. Slice then add lemon, lime, oranges – muddle.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir for five minutes
  5. Let sit overnight in fridge.

To Serve:
Add one  bottle of red wine – ideally Grenache or Tempranillo – stir
Pour over ice and allow fruits into the glasses. Olé!
Ask Sam at The Dispensary in Chancery Lane for a twist on this classic or try a traditional recipe as a match with a course on Rocks on Rosalind ten-taste banquet.

Returning from an international adventure I have renewed my mission:
Learn as much about the Ribera Del Duero region as possible and share this new-found passion with my friends and guests.
Wines from this  Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa) within the lager Castilla y León are typically made from Tempranillo much like the well known region of Rioja. The wine from RdD can be enhanced with the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon among other things.
Viscarra however, along with other famous and delicious examples of this region including Tinto Pesquera are 100 per cent Tempranillo.
Dark in colour, rich in body showing the best of typical Tempranillo fruit characteristics: Raspberry, bilberry, blackberry, cherry, prune.  The very best of the wines often show sweet spicy notes like pine, liquorice, cinnamon and clove. Some display leather, chocolate and smoke.
Decant the Viscarra and be transported to all of these characteristics. Feeling smooth in the mouth with tantalising gripping tannins that are velvety and supple.

What is better than Pinot Gris this season? Not much.
This wine is tasty and refreshing. The palate is clean with notes of fresh Nashi Pear, lemon, ginger, spice, slight hints of oak and textural creaminess. A fun and yum wine that will go great with Asian food. This is a great take on what quaffing Australian Pinot Gris can be.
Grapefruit, pineapple, apple, quince, linden, honey, saffron, fresh butter.
This is a Pinot originating in Burgundy, giving heady often smooth, full bodied wines with a bouquet of fresh rich aromas. The aromas are often spicy and honeyed with floral and fruity notes. It can age beautifully if you don’t drink it all straight away.