Last week while my parents were in town, I took my mom to Costco liquor so she could see how the wine selection process goes in my house. There was digging around in barrels, and Googling prices and wine notes, and finally selecting three that were really exceptional deals, and thus worth trying. The first was a kosher Israeli wine which Josh had a glass of this week and liked quite a bit, but then ended up in a pitcher of sangria on girls’ night!
Quick recipe break:
Berry Limoncello Sangria
1 bottle (750ml) semi-dry red wine
1/2 bottle (375ml) semi-dry white wine
8 oz limoncello
1 liter fruit punch
8 oz carton fresh raspberries
8 oz carton fresh blackberries
2 oranges sliced
1 can sparkling water
To make it:
1. Rinse the berries and pour into bottom of large pitcher. Peel and slice the oranges and put with berries in pitched. Use a wooden spoon or muddler to slightly mash the fruit together.
2. Pour 8 oz of limoncello over fruit and mix together.
3. Add wine and fruit punch to pitcher. Stir thoroughly.
4. Chill for at least 2 hours. The longer it sits, the more the flavors mend and the boozier the fruit will get!
BACK TO THE WINE!
Also in our Costco batch was a brilliant new release that was a STEAL at Costco. I will definitely grab another bottle or two the next time we are there as the wine is great and Costco had it at almost a 50% markdown on retail price. Kangarilla Road 2017 Shiraz is a brand new release, and if you can find it on a promotional special, a taste test, or at your local Costco, it’s well worth a pick up!
This wine is very fruit forward. It almost had a zinfandel quality to it from the start, which gave way to a spicy, earthy finish. It has a nice tartness to it, which might mellow out after decanting, but we only let the wine breath about five minutes before diving in. Paired with pot roast and a summer salad it was excellent. I also imagined it’d be a great partner for the grill. Admittedly a bit heavy for a hot summer night, I’m looking forward to this one again in the fall, or on a cool summer evening around a bonfire. In fact, as our bonfires typically involve us burning the scrap ends of the oak flooring we laid in our house, I’d even say there’d be a potential pairing between the smokey oak fire, and the oakiness of the wine.
As a final thought, I felt the wine was “boozy.” That is, it’s a bit heavy handed in the alcohol department. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but two glasses in, and I was feeling pretty darn pleased with myself! Just be ready up front. This one packs a punch in more way than one.