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Peach Blueberry and Thyme Sangria

Summer Sangria with Peach and Blueberry

 

This easy chardonnay based summer sangria is the perfect way to enjoy a lovely summer evening with friends and family. Studded with peaches, blueberries, and a thyme infused simple syrup, its a perfect way to unwind and enjoy quality time with those that matter most. 

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Peach Blueberry Thyme Sangria

 

When we first moved from Kansas City to West Virginia, we instantly felt the loss of our family and friends. Moving 800 miles across the country can really make you feel isolated. Luckily, it wasn’t long before we formed a great group of friends with some other young families who also lived in our condo complex. We were all transplants, and we quickly established a good close relationship with the group. We became each other’s family, and we quickly established what we called “Family Dinner” nights. Every Sunday evening we would gather at one of our houses’ and have a potluck style dinner, play a game or watch a movie.

When we moved to Des Moines, we instantly felt that we should start the tradition with my family. Growing up, my extended family got together only on holidays and birthdays, but for the past three years we have been gathering every Sunday evening at our house. And I love it. I love actually knowing and spending time with my aunt and uncle. I love that my children are getting to spend tons of quality time with their uncle and grandparents – that they know how to tell jokes, how to take a teasing, that they are actually getting to know their family. I have found that my passion lies in this family dinner. It doesn’t matter who makes up your family, or how perfectly everything comes together. What matters is the time you spend together.

Our family dinners aren’t overly fussy – we often have something from the crock pot or on the grill. We keep it simple (when feeding 10 people a week you need it to be easy). I don’t worry about making sure my house is perfectly clean before everyone comes over. I don’t decorate or “set the table”. We don’t always have dessert, but we always start our evening at 4pm with a cocktail or glass of wine and an appetizer (usually a fuss free charcuterie and cheese tray). The hour before dinner is one of my favorite times, because everyone is just relaxed and hanging out. We share our stories from the week, we chit chat about the past, we just enjoy each other’s company.

 

Easy Summer Sangria

 

Wente Vinyards is pioneering a lovely movement they have dubbed the “Make Time” movement – where they are encouraging people to remember to find time to step outside our normally crazy, chaotic, super busy lives and enjoy the moment. Its easy to get wrapped up in deadlines and due dates, to-do lists and schedules that it is often easy to rush through a day without enjoying it.

So I am challenging you, my friends – to forget about making the day perfect, and instead enjoy the perfection of the day as it is. Invite your family (or family of friends) over for dinner without first cleaning your house. Don’t decorate, don’t create an elaborate menu, just be. Just enjoy the time you have with the people in your life who matter the most. Find the perfection in your time together, not in the details of how things come together.

This summer, Wente Vinyards is choosing to make time for Music – which is a passion of their family owned business. This summer they are hosting a concert series (actually they have been hosting this concert series for the past 30 years) at their winery which features a pre-concert outdoor dinner and then some serious headliners! Check out the concert series here! 

 

peach Blueberry Thyme Sangria Recipe

 

Now you know me, and you know that I love to create recipes (that’s kind of a food blogger’s job, right?) so I absolutely couldn’t turn down the opportunity to create something amazingly effortless yet special with a lovely bottle of wine. That’s what I do – I create recipes and spend time with my family. This particular sangria is based on a lovely chardonnay from Wente Vinyards – the Morning Fog Chardonnay which is one of favorite Chardonnays! A lot of the “new world” chardonnays are fermented in oak barrels, and I actually don’t like it. I think it can easily overtake the light and refreshing quality of a good chardonnay. But I love that the Morning Fog is only aged 50% in oak barrels, so it has just a touch of that vanilla, while still maintaining its crisp and vibrant fruit flavors.

Sooo…. let’s pretend that for some reason you can’t drink a lovey chardonnay based sangria. Like… maybe you are pregnant. And maybe you are tired of watching your family drink wine in front of you every single week while you sip on some water! Don’t worry – I’ve got your back. Because I totally know how you feel! Instead of using a bottle of chardonnay, replace the alcohol with a 50/50 mixture of white grape juice and ginger ale.

What I love about this “sangria” is that it is super easy to make. A lot of sangrias call for several different kinds of alcohol mixed together, but here I am just focusing on the wine. I wanted something with a low alcohol content (making it perfectly shippable all day long). It’s sweet, crisp, and refreshing. My family tells me that this sangria was amazing and that I did an amazing job creating a recipe I couldn’t drink. I totally stuck with the grape juice version…. BUT I was informed that this sangria is a perfectly blended combination of flavors that don’t compete with each other. Instead the flavors are well balanced, smooth and crisp. This tastes great freshly mixed, but if you allow it to sit in the fridge for a while, it mellows even more. In short, its the perfect drink to enjoy a glass of all afternoon.

 

Chardonnay Summer Sangria

 

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Peach Blueberry and Thyme Sangria

Easy Summer Sangria

This easy chardonnay based summer sangria is the perfect way to enjoy a lovely summer evening with friends and family. Studded with peaches, blueberries, and a thyme infused simple syrup, its a perfect way to unwind and enjoy quality time with those that matter most. 

  • Author:
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 servings
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

6 springs of thyme, divided

1 botte Wente Vinyards Morning Fog Chardonnay

2 peaches (peeled and pitted and sliced into thin slices)

1 cup blueberries

1 cup peach nectar

10 oz club soda

Instructions

Place the wine in the fridge to chill.

In a small sauce pan, combine the sugar and water and simmer over low heat until the sugar has disappeared.

Remove from heat, and add in 3 of the thyme springs. Allow to sit and cool to room temperature.

In a large pitcher, combine the cooled simple syrup, wine, peaches, blueberries, remaining thyme springs, and peach nectar.

Cover and place in the fridge until ready to serve.

When ready to serve, add in the club soda, stir, and enjoy!

 

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Kathleen
    July 6, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Wow! This looks amazing! Perfect summer drink!

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    Kristen M Chidsey
    July 11, 2017 at 12:37 PM

    Jenni–super easy is right!! And these are perfect flavors together. LOVE this!

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    Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats
    July 11, 2017 at 6:32 PM

    Looks delicious!

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    Art from My Table
    July 14, 2017 at 8:26 PM

    This looks like the perfect drink for a hot summer day!

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    Lynn | The Road to Honey
    July 17, 2017 at 5:00 PM

    What a lovely tradition you have started Jenni. I moved away from my family once I went off to collage. I really do miss the opportunity to pop in on the weekends and have dinner together. It’s so nice that you are bringing everyone together every weekend for love and laughs. And such a beautiful sangria to do it with.

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