Full Disclosure: I received this product for free to try and review, but as always the opinions in this post are completely my own.
I am not a beer drinker. I know, how can I be from Wisconsin – the land of beer and cheese – and not like beer? I don’t really know. I’ve tried it, and with the exception of maybe one or two instances, I am not a fan. The closest thing to beer that I enjoy is hard cider – which technically is a malted beverage, just like beer, but generally made from a fruit base. I just don’t like beer, and beer doesn’t like me all that much either. I am a the typical girl who likes the fruity alcohol.
Generally when I’m out at a gathering or party – somewhere that doesn’t have a full bar – I get a glass of wine. I’m not sure how or why I started drinking wine, because no one around me really does, but a few years ago I did and I’ve enjoyed it ever since. Now, just because I drink wine in no way means that I know anything about wine. When someone asks me what kind of wine I like, I generally say “Red….and sweeter.” When I’m ordering off a menu at a restaurant, I chose a type of red wine that is fairly inexpensive and sounds like a type of wine I like. Confession: I don’t really know the difference between a Cabernet, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. That being said, I am not super picky about wine. If I’m in the mood to order a glass of wine, I don’t have high hopes of loving it because I don’t really have any idea what I am ordering! (Unless the menu is like this fabulous restaurant and the wines are separated into groupings that normal people can understand.)
Within the past year or so, I’ve developed a love for sangria. If you aren’t familiar, sangria is a wine punch typical of many Spanish areas consisting of wine, chopped fruit, and often brandy or another type of alcohol. It is a very fruity, summery, and fun beverage. I feel like it is the perfect alcoholic beverage for me – it feels sophisticated and easy, but it is still fruity and delicious. The only problem with Sangria is that you can’t just go pick it up at a store like you can wine or beer. Friends of ours have a Cinco de Mayo party every year, and every year I think about bringing sangria but don’t end up doing it because of the logistics of getting it to the party. Since you generally let the fruit, wine, and other alcohol sit together for a few hours before drinking so that all of the flavors meld together, transporting a container of open alcohol would technically be illegal, it would also probably make for at least a few splashes of sangria on the inside of my car. Well, maybe next year I will be bringing sangria because I recently learned that sangria does in fact come in bottle form!
I was contacted by Eppa Sangria about trying their bottled SuperFruit Sangria. The fruit flavors in Eppa SuperFruit Sangria come from real, organic fruit juices, drawn from antioxidant-rich superfruits, including pomegranate, blueberry, Mediterranean blood orange. and acai. Please note that I clearly do not know anything really technical about wine flavors – although I’m sure that will come across when I use very non-technical terms like fruity and delicious
This pretty bottle definitely lived up to my expectations. It tasted very much like fruit, with a slight wine aftertaste. Delicious. I intentionally poured myself only one glass and put the rest away right away in order to not drink the whole bottle in one sitting – and on a weeknight. It definitely tasted more like fruit juice than wine. It was sweet – but not over the top sweet like I was drinking pure sugar like how some bottled beverages seem to be – just sweet enough for my liking.
Taste: A, the only thing it was missing that is the fresh fruit that is in “real” sangria – but that could easily be added!
Cost: A, I don’t know how much they are in stores, but you can buy them online on the Eppa website and they are $14.99 a bottle – not too bad for an Organic, specialty wine!
Would I buy it again? Yes. I’m definitely looking forward to buying this for Cinco de Mayo next year…..and maybe….probably sooner than that. I could also see this being pretty delicious made into a wine spritzer of sorts but adding Sierra Mist or another bubbly beverage. The store locator says they sell it at the Whole Foods in Madison, but I have yet to check for sure. I hope they do!