White Wine Sangria; Cheap wine and a Tapa

Spain has long, hot summers.

Spain also has lots of really cheap wine of all colors.

I once had a Spanish friend explain to me that she refused to spend more than 1.50 euros (less than $2.00) on a bottle of red wine because her children (adult) were into the awful, but popular, habit of pouring that American plague, Coca Cola, into it.

She was actually being rather nice about it.

The cheapest bottle of red wine I found in Andorra was $0.60, and, yes, that was for a regular size .75
litre bottle…with a cork.

One could usually find a rose or white for around $0.50.

I’m not saying that they were drinkable, only that they were available.

We, being flashy Americans, normally spent at least $3.50, even when we were buying the cheap stuff.

Except when I made Sangria.

I accidentally stumbled on an absolutely atrocious (IMHO) white wine called ‘Blanc Pescador’ (white fisherman).

It was made by one of our favorite Spanish wineries, located in Catalonia, called Perelada.  We used to buy a wonderful Chardonnay and lovely Cabernet Sauvignon from them.

It was our regular stop on trips to Barcelona.

On one visit we saw cases of Blanc Pescador for the whopping price of 13 euros….for a case of 12.
We decided that it couldn’t be all that bad since their other wines were so wonderful.

We were wrong!

It had a very faint fizz to it, tiny little bubbles, almost undetectable, and not nearly powerful enough to
cover the taste.

This taught me one of life’s important lessons: to make really good Sangria one has to start with really awful wine…then anything one does is an improvement.

If you used a decent wine you would feel guilty about ruining it.

Spain is known for its traditional Sangrias, made from red wine with oranges and brandy added.
They are everywhere, all summer long and, in the heat of a long, lazy lunch at a sidewalk cafe, can pack an unsuspecting wallop.

That, I concluded after one such lunch, is why naps were invented.

With 11 bottles of white #?!$@ on hand I decided a white wine Sangria was in order.  This one is light, refreshing, and not so alcoholic as the traditional, which is a good thing as it slips down rather easily.

Perfect for hot summer days…and nights!

White Wine Sangria

White Wine Sangria

2 bottles (.75 litre) cheap white wine (if you can find one with a little fizz, all the better)
1 bottle (.75 litre or equivalent – it’s a 2 – 1 ratio) fizzy water – Perrier, club soda,
1/2 cup Peach Liqueur – NOT Eau de Vie or brandy, but lower alcohol, intensely flavored and probably overly sweet, peach liqueur
1/4 cup sugar
1 orange
1 lemon
2 limes

In a large pitcher mix the wine, water, peach liqueur, and sugar.  Stir well to combine.  Slice the fruit and remove pips.  Squeeze each slice into the sangria, then drop it in.  Stir well to combine the sugar and
rest of ingredients.  Add lots of ice and serve.  Graciously accept praise. 

And something to nibble whilst you sip…

Chickpea Patties

Chickpea Patties

15oz (450gr) chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped  about 1/3 cup
1 rib celery, finely chopped,  about 1/3 cup
1/2 onion, finely chopped,  about 1/3 cup
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbs basil, chopped
2 tbs oregano, chopped
1 egg
1 – 2 tbs olive oil

Sauté onion, carrot, celery and garlic in oil until tender.
Remove and put into a bowl, along with chickpeas and herbs. Stir to combine and cool vegetables.
Lightly whisk egg and add to vegetables.
Heat a bit of oil in large nonstick skillet.
Drop mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, into skillet and form patties with 2 spoons.  (It’s rather a loose mix – and you don’t want them too big or you won’t be able to turn them)
Fry them about 4 minutes, then turn and fry 4 minutes longer. 

I made them in 2 batches of 4 patties each. 

12 thoughts on “White Wine Sangria; Cheap wine and a Tapa”

  1. Wow, that is inexpensive wine…even in Canada we pay at least 1/4 to usually double what the States pays for wine! I have not made Sangria before, looks so refreshing!

  2. Ha!!! Great minds think alike! We just rediscovered Sangria this summer. It had been years since we had it (university days, I’m thinking). We thought of it when strawberries were in season and we used inexpensive an South American red wine. Now peaches are in season and we tried adding them to white wine last week. It was brilliant!!! Silly us. We thought we invented it!!
    Our Sangria recipe is similar to yours except we omit the peach liqueur and just add peaches, oranges, lemons and club soda to the wine.
    Isn’t it wonderfully refreshing?

  3. Do they still have bodegas in Spain? We used to bring our own containers to the bodega and buy bulk wine drawn from giant casks at ridiculously low prices, prices even lower than you mentioned. They even had aperitifs and cordials in bulk.

  4. Here in BC you can’t find any wine from any country for less than $12. I remember in Europe wine was often cheaper than water and certainly less expensive than a Coke…this of course was in the 70’s:D

  5. So maybe, just maybe, even I could sip that sangria and still manage to make the chickpea nibbles.
    We have several super cheapies that we use for our sangria!

  6. Love Sangria! Wish I could drink it more (but can’t with my wine intolerance). Instead, I make Sangria cupcakes and bring them to Sangria eaters! 😉
    Love the chickpea patties. And, although I am bad need of grocery shopping, I am going to try some with what little I have here. Will let you know! 🙂 Love chickpeas!

  7. Great munchies and drink. I prefer white sangria (less headaches?). Ga-ga over your chickpea patties. Seriously bookmarked.

  8. Ina, Andorra doesn’t have taxes so that’s a big part of it.
    Cindy, I love the peach flavor – and the liqueur is good over ice cream….
    Elizabeth, it is, and not nearly so nap-inducing as the red version.
    Brassfrog, they do, and in France as well. And still ridiculously low prices. Our friend in Spain, buys in bulk and bottles it himself for storage.
    Val, still less expensive than Coke ;-)) The prices in Ireland were very high when we lived there – lots of tax
    Kirsten, I hope you enjoy them both…. trust me, you’ll get praise!
    Tanna, they are so much better if you sip whilst making!
    Chris, wine intolerance? Bummer. You could just drink the peche….
    Susan,absolutley fewer headaches – and naps..

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