Crush of the Week: Black Mountain Malbec Sangria

June 30, 2009 at 10:54 pm (Crush of the Week, Malbec Reviews) (, , )

I hope everybody’s planning for a happy festive 4th of July.  There’s nothing like independence and a long weekend to put a smile on your face.   We’re doing a bbq this year and I was looking for something, festive, cheap and boozy.  My answer: Malbec Sangria.  You’re probably thinking ‘hey baby, you’re a touch late for Cinco de Mayo.’ But, hey, we do Malbec here and I had a craving; so just go with it.   It’s a good cheap way to make a crowd chatty and social.

You should use a cheaper Mabec here since we’re just going to drown it with fruit. We picked up a couple bottles of the Black Mountain Malbec at Trader Joes for under $5 a bottle.  Not bad stuff.  Not robust but smooth and drinkable, some spice and dried fruit flavors. I’m thinking it’ll work real nice in a Sangria.

black mountain

Here’s the Sangria recipe I’ll be using … I decided to throw in a little tequila for a bit of extra buzz.

Malbec Sangria


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 cups Malbec wine
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 1-2 cup sparkling water

Garnish – any of these will work

  • orange slices
  • lemon slices
  • lime slices
  • apple slices
  • strawberries


  1. Boil the sugar and water together in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves and the liquid is clear. Set the syrup aside to cool.
  2. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, mix together the sugar syrup, wine, juices, and liquors.
  3. Just before serving time, stir in the sparkling water. Add the fruit slices and a lot of ice either to the sangria or to the individual glasses or cups.
  4. Serve chilled.


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