It’s almost Christmas, and I’m sure many of you are kicking it into high gear to get ready for upcoming gatherings this week. Today I wanted to share a festive Sangria recipe that you can easily whip up a big batch of to feed a crowd….or just a glass or two if your gathering is smaller.
Pears, pomegranate and limes are all in abundant supply in the grocery stores around here and they bring together the colors of the holiday season. I used our semi-sweet Whittenburg wine in my recipe, but feel free to substitute Sweet River White if you’d like a bit sweeter version.
I love that rim of sugar around the glass – looks a bit like frost on the windows in winter. But much sweeter!
The recipe below is for making up just a glass of this sangria. For serving a big group I suggest making a larger batch by slicing up a whole pear, and adding all the seeds of the pomegranate into a pitcher along with a full bottle of wine and the juice of 1/2 of a lime. Chill and serve when ready.
But if you have time, the rim of sugar on the glass is a simple trick that gives this sangria that extra-special flair. Enjoy, and let me know what you think of our Pear and Pomegranate Sangria in the comments below if you make it for yourself!
A deliciously light sangria filled with fruits easily found throughout the winter season.
Author: Peaceful Bend Vineyard
Recipe type: cocktail
Serves: 1 glass
1 wedge of lime
sugar in a small bowl
1 teaspoon pomegranate seeds
2 slices ripe pear
chilled Whittenburg wine
Cut a small slice crosswise through the pulp of the lime wedge (don't slice through the rind though). Fit the rim of the wine glass into that slit and run the lime wedge along the rim. Set aside the lime wedge once the entire rim is moistened, then immediately dip the glass rim into the bowl of sugar. Lift out and gently tap off extra sugar.
Add the pomegranate seeds, and pear slices to the glass.
Fill glass with Whittenburg
Squeeze juice from the lime wedge into the glass. Add the wedge in the glass if you would like. Stir and serve immediately.
Make a large batch of Pear and Pomegranate Sangria by pouring a full bottle of wine into a large pitcher. Slice a pear and de-seed a pomegranate. Add both fruits to the pitcher. Squeeze the juice from ½ of a lime into the pitcher, stir, and chill until ready to serve.
With Christmas right around the corner, I figured there are several of you out there that will be picking up your holiday presents this weekend. If wine is on your list then we’ve got you covered! You can pick up bottles here in the tasting room or go online to purchase here. We’ll be shipping via Fedex on 12-19 and 12-22, but you can also order a gift certificate online here. Your recipient can use their gift certificate online or in the tasting room.
If you plan a trip to Peaceful Bend, I have several additional items available that your loved ones will appreciate. Plus, you’ll have fun tasting wine while you’re here (and you’ll be proud to know that you supported a small business this holiday season).
Pick out a few bottles of wine and a basket while you’re here, and I’ll create a beautiful customized gift basket for you on the spot. If you have a few items from home that you want tucked in too, don’t hesitate to bring them along and I’ll add your items to the basket.
We have an array of wine accessories to choose from here in the tasting room. Wine away is always appreciated for those on your list that like red wines. And if you know an occasional sipper, the wine preserve will keep their wine fresh through many glasses of wine, no matter how far apart those glasses happen. Speaking of glasses, our logo wine glasses make a useful present for any wine drinker!
These beautiful cutting boards would be great for the cooks on your list. The boards are made out of hickory, oak, and maple. Our logo is featured on one side of the board, but the other side is smooth to ensure smooth slicing.
We have a variety of hand-made items created by local artisans too. If you have someone on your list that appreciates unique artistry, the pottery, woodwork, and up-cycled barrels are sure to fit the bill. I’ll be happy to answer any questions about the artists while you are browsing.
I hope this gift guide gives you a few ideas for your last-minute gifts. I look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Well, after a week off for vacation, Clyde and I are back at Peaceful Bend feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. We were lucky enough to join our friends in St. Croix, Virgin Islands for a week of sun, music, food, and general fun all around. I wanted to take a moment to share a few of the memories from the week with you all. Since the English call a vacation a ‘holiday’, then I guess these will be in keeping with the season! Anyways, enjoy this peek at St. Croix…
We spent many hours exploring the many (mostly deserted) beaches around the island and swimming in the gentle waves. My favorite beaches were at Sandy Point Wildlife Preserve and Buck Island, but the beach by the resort we stayed at on Chenay Bay was pretty too.
We did lots of fun tourist-y things throughout the week too. We spent a couple of trips exploring the bars, boardwalks, shops, historic sites and oddities in the two major towns, Frederiksted and Christiansted.
We made sure to listen to a favorite band of Steve & Karen’s called Hudson and the Hoodoo Cats play at a few St. Croix locations. They make the trip to the Virgin Islands twice a year, and after enjoying our time listening to them, we decided that we’ll have to try to have them out to the winery to play soon.
One silly highlight was a trip into the rainforest where we fed beer-drinking pigs several cans of their favorite beverage – O’Doul’s! And of course, we couldn’t resist a stop at the local rum maker, Cruzan, for a tour and tasting.
I only took along my phone for a camera, which limited me somewhat, but I actually enjoyed the challenge of trying to capture all the small wildlife around the beach such as hermit crabs, geckos, and sand crabs. These guys were actually pretty patient with me.
Another fun excursion was to visit the La Reine farmer’s market where we picked up a few local foods to try out back in the room. We loved the boiled gooseberries and the breadfruit, but will steer clear of the locust from now on! The Carribean lobster and the Wahoo (fish) were also delicious treats we tried at local restaurants.
I couldn’t resist adding a little removable graffiti to the beach! We really want to thank our friends, Steve and Karen for taking us along on their adventure. We had a great time and loved every minute of our stay.
Are you taking a holiday somewhere warm this winter?