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