We call for two varieties of wine in our white sangria below: Moscato and a off-dry Riesling. The Moscato is fruity, floral and slightly sweet and the Riesling has great acid, balancing the fruit and sweetness from the Moscato. You can find great examples of each wine for less than $10 to $15 each. Keep in mind, though, sangria is very adaptable. Feel free to change, switch out, double up or eliminate anything we suggest. It is your sangria, after all! Also, if you find the sangria is not sweet enough for you, add a tablespoon or so of honey or agave.
1 (750 ml) bottle Moscato, look for Italian Moscato d’Asti
1 (750 ml) bottle off-dry to dry Riesling
1/2 cup brandy, optional
1 medium apple, cored and diced
2 peaches, peeled with pit removed and diced (or use 2 cups frozen)
10 fresh raspberries
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Plain or citrus flavored seltzer water, optional
In a large pitcher combine brandy, apples and peaches then use a wooden spoon to lightly muddle together. Add raspberries, vanilla and the wine. Stir then refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Serve chilled and topped with a splash of seltzer water if desired.