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Sangria Wine

emiliejolie Jun 25, 2009 11:07 AM

hello! i'm looking to make a big batch of sangria on a tight budget and need some help. ideally, i would be using a dry, no oak tempranillo but my restrictions are leading me to stray...
i was even considering two buck chuck (but i don't know which would be best...)! any recommendations?
thank you!

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    meowzebub RE: emiliejolie Jun 25, 2009 11:32 AM

    a good boxed wine is economical. of course, the crucial word is "good". For sangria, which can be manipulated with the simple syrup and the citrus you're adding, you're pretty safe as long as your base wine is not a complete dog. A good wine shop should be able to direct you to the better varietal & blended boxed wines.

    Franzia's OK, for supermarket boxes. (I served Franzia as the last wines of an hors d'oeuvre party and nobody said a negative word. Someone called the red "juicy" and "yummy". It probably doesn't really help as it sounds like you're looking for a fuller red, but there it is anyway.)

    Hope this helps & you have fun. Let us know what solution you find. GL.

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    1. re: meowzebub
      invinotheresverde RE: meowzebub Jun 26, 2009 08:51 AM

      Not that I'm an advocate of boxed wine in general, but man, that Franzia stuff gave me a filthy headache when I had two glasses of it at a party once.

      Also, I bet it's pretty much the same juice as 2BC. I'd be surprised if Fred Franzia/Bronco divied up the super low-end juice. It's all just the cheapest stuff,

      1. re: invinotheresverde
        oolah RE: invinotheresverde Jun 26, 2009 10:49 AM

        Not at all defending the Franzia stuff, but ironically the Franzia family *doesn't* own the Franzia label any more. It was sold off to Coca Cola and then The Wine Group before Fred took over the biz -- so it may be bad, but it's not 2BC.

        1. re: oolah
          invinotheresverde RE: oolah Jun 26, 2009 01:07 PM

          Ahh. Man, it's so hard to keep track of who owns what anymore! :)

          1. re: invinotheresverde
            oolah RE: invinotheresverde Jun 27, 2009 10:30 AM

            Yep, the guy owns every plonk factory out there *except* the one with his name on it :)

    2. carswell RE: emiliejolie Jun 25, 2009 12:10 PM

      Borsao.Primizia. Have seen it in the States for $6-7 a bottle.

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        texascarl RE: carswell Jun 29, 2009 12:42 PM

        Borsao would be great. I've had good luck with Rene' Barbier red or Falling Star Malbec/Merlot as well.

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