Sangria is a light, refreshing way to enjoy wine, especially as the weather warms up, but too often the fruity drink ends up sickly-sweet and cloying. That's why I love the idea of using fresh-squeezed fruit, vegetable and herb juices, which complement the wine without overpowering it. And you don't necessarily need a juicer: The Chalkboard has some inspiring ideas for spring sangria combinations using fresh-pressed bottled juices.Juicing is currently a huge trend here in Los Angeles, so it isn't difficult to find good-quality fresh bottled juices from companies like Pressed Juicery — which runs The Chalkboard — or juice bars that will press your juice to order. If you don't own a juicer, look for fresh-squeezed bottled juices at health food stores or Whole Foods.
The Chalkboard pairs apple-lemon-ginger juice with crisp Cava, strawberry-apple-lime with dry rosé, and pineapple-green-apple-mint with an herbaceous Spanish white. When coming up with your own concoctions, look for wines with similar or complementary flavors or aromatics to the main components of the juice.
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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