Sparkling White Berry Sangria

Although I'm in Utah for a month having a blast training and competing with my GRID team the San Francisco Fire, I missed out on one of my favorite events of the year back home this weekend, Passport Weekend. Passport Weekend is put on by the Delta Farm & Winery Trail which is a trail of farm stands and wineries through the California Delta. The trail winds along the rivers and sloughs of the delta along scenic highway 160, right where I grew up. Our region is known for its pears, cherries, wine grapes, corn, alfalfa, asparagus, and a variety of vegetables. I grew up helping my dad level his fields and I just recently learned how to drive a tractor to help him prepare the fields for planting. I can't say that I've always loved where I grew up. It's a bit remote and the towns are pretty small. Everyone knows everyone really well. Which can be an awesome thing, but it can also be a not so awesome thing when you're a teenager in high school. But nevertheless I've gone off to college, travelled around the world, and I've come back to where I grew up and I appreciate it more than ever now. It's beautiful. And although I may have complained to my parents when I was young that "there's nothing to do here!" I couldn't have been more wrong. I appreciate being on the river; I love boating and water skiing. We have so many cute restaurants and cafés, and there's this awesome farm and wine trail. And who doesn't love wine tasting?

Recently, before I left for Utah, my mom and I went for a little drive around the delta. I wanted to pick up some sparkling almond wine from Scribner Bend because it's my favorite sparkling wine! There's a newer winery close to my house called Grand Island Vineyards and as we were driving by on the way to Scribner Bend we decided to stop for a little wine tasting. I'm usually more of a red wine drinker, but I was really impressed with their white wines (labeled above as Bridgehead) so I picked up a bottle of Riesling and a bottle of Gewürztraminer.

I'd been craving a good summer sangria and we had an abundance of blackberries in our garden and the best strawberries at our local strawberry stand. So after I picked up the wines and a little brandy and agave, I put them all together to create this delicious sparking white berry sangria.

Warning, this is delicious, dangerous and addicting. Drink with caution. Or don't!

Sparkling White Berry Sangria
Prep 5 min
Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bottle of white wine (I used a dry riesling)
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 2 cup blackberries
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1 bottle of sparkling wine (I used a sparkling almond wine)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to a pitcher and stir to combine
  2. Fill glasses with ice, pour sangria over and serve.
  3. If you are making this ahead of time wait to add the sparkling wine so that it doesn't go flat.