Citrus Sangria

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Hi again everyone!  Have I mentioned lately that I miss you?  Here it is summer, and there you are, not lingering here.  *insert mournful sigh*  I can’t wait till we’re back in business again and I can share a glass or two with you on the porch.

In the meantime however, a few kind folks (thanks Roger, Diane, Robin, and Jill) have dropped off bottles of Yadkin Creek wine from their personal stashes, and I thought I’d use them to share a recipe with you all today.  I know it’s a tease, but don’t worry, I have a few suggestions for alternative wines down below and Clyde is hard at work making a batch of Yadkin that we hope to release in a month (or two??). It’s been so hot lately; a chilled glass of summer-y Citrus Sangria is calling our names, don’t you think?

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I tried to keep relatively close to a traditional Spanish-style sangria by using mostly citrus fruits, but I left out lime since it gave the sangria a bitter flavor.  Instead of the traditional brandy, I used spiced rum (Kraken is hands-down the best) for an extra layer of flavor without needing too add in a bunch of spices or flavorings.

The nice thing about sangria is that it is incredibly versatile, so add in whatever fruit your heart desires. Plus, it’s very easy to make – just be sure to plan ahead so you have plenty of time for the sangria to chill before serving.

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Since we don’t have Yadkin Creek available right now, if you are searching for an alternative wine, try Red Moose Vineyard’s 38th Parallel, or Shawnee Bluff Winery’s Double Bluff, or Ste. Genevieve Winery’s Concord.

I had one extra reason to make this recipe for you all:  I’ve been itching to try my hand at making a short recipe video!  Here it is…..

What did you think of my first-ever recipe video?  I definitely have a ways to go to get this medium down, so let me know if I should keep practicing, or just let it go at this one. 😀

And now I’m off to sip a glass of sangria with Clyde.  Scroll down for the recipe, and if you make this I’d love to know what you thought of it in the comment section below.  Cheers!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Yadkin Creek (while we are still rebuilding, try one of the alternatives suggested above)
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1/2 cup spiced rum
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 apple
  • 1 bottle seltzer water, chilled

Directions:

  1. Place Yadkin Creek, orange, lemon, raw sugar, rum, and orange juice in a large pitcher.  Stir until sugar dissolves.  Chill 2-4 hours.
  2. Core and chop apple.  Place a few pieces of apple in a glass.  Fill the glass half-way with chilled Sangria.  Top with seltzer water.  Optional: garnish with a half-slice of orange. Serve immediately.

Notes:

  • Makes 12-14 servings.
  • Feel free to substitute the apple for your favorite fruit.

R.I.P. Spark

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I’m here with sad news this morning. Our older cat, Spark, died sometime last night of old age.  She provided many moments of love and mirth around here over the years and will be missed.

20151130_150454She will be remembered fondly for her ability to warm laps, her haughty expressions, conning food out of even the most ardent of cat-haters, and a rather evil dexterity when it came to beating up my neighbor’s dog Paco the chihuahua.  Happy trails Spark.

Good things coming!

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Hi all!  I’m so excited to post this update since we have a couple of pieces of big news.First up, the excavator is out here today clearing trees and brush for the new winery building.  The picture above is looking across the driveway from the cottage around 6:30(ish) this morning.

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That’s a closer look at the tangled woods that have to come out.  Clyde has been sitting on his hands to keep from playing with driving this bulldozer!

Fortunately the professional equipment operator kept his keys!  And put in a good morning’s work – here’s what the same spot looks like now:

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Whoa! I have to admit I was a bit in shock when I looked out the window late this morning, and could see our hay field instead of those trees. It was a little taste of what everyone will get to enjoy once we have the new building up and running.

By the way, if you’d like an idea of what we’ll be putting up, check out this post for a peek at our plans.

The other piece of news is that Clyde is making wine at our wonderful winery neighbors, Red Moose Vineyards.  He started three batches of wine last week in their empty tanks, and has one more load of juice coming in this afternoon.  Hopefully by the time the building is ready, we’ll have at least a few of our normal wines available to purchase again.

Right now we hope to have the production area of the new winery ready to go by harvest time in August, but I’m not sure on when the tasting room will be ready.


It feels so good and uplifting to have all this forward momentum going on here.  I can’t thank everyone that has donated to us, given us a shoulder to cry on, or sent us an encouraging note – you’ve been lifesavers!  I’m really looking forward to seeing you all again very soon.  Cheers!