Celebrations and Libations
When you live in a place with six-month-long winters and 30-below temperatures, every beautiful summer day becomes a celebration.
This past weekend in Minnesota was no exception: With summer festivals at the park, fireworks on a calm clear night, and neighborhood pool parties, a Sunday evening barbecue on the deck with friends was the perfect end to the perfect weekend. The occasion called for a pitcher of something fruity and refreshing—my white wine sangria. (I like my sangria recipes citrusy and sweet, but with a little kick.)
|The Juicy Wine Details
Bottle Honey Moon
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|White Sangria Recipe
Combine ingredients. Stir. Pour over ice.
I chose the 2005 Honey Moon Viognier at Trader Joe’s after watching a woman stockpile dozens of bottles of the stuff in her cart. Viognier has a nice balance of sweetness and acidity, plus the peach and floral notes in the wine complement the added fruit in the sangria. Here’s to long summer days, clear summer nights, and friends who stick with you no matter the weather.
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