Most days, I’m more of a red wine fan. Maybe I just haven’t tried enough white wines or I just haven’t found the perfect one (yet), but I’m working on it.
I was recently contacted by my friends at The Wine Bar (remember the decorating challenge this past winter?) to test a few of their varieties, make a recipe with one, and then tell you guys what I thought.
I couldn’t say yes fast enough – I need help in the wine department. Plus, I’m really bad at remembering the names of wines I like when I try in restaurants or bars, so I figured trying more at home would be better – I’d have the bottle right in front of me and be able to start keeping a list of which ones I love.
So a week or two later, 3 bottles of wine showed up at my door, and we got to cookin’!
Even though I usually gravitate towards reds, I wanted to try the Sauvignon Blanc in some kind of recipe because this time of year is when I’ll choose whites over reds. I love a chilled glass of white wine at the end of the day out on the porch or with a late summer evening meal. It’s also the best time to start making spritzers again, and this may just turn out to be my new summer drink.
This isn’t just your normal spritzer, though. I doubled up on the white wine in here with a blueberry-sauvignon blanc simple syrup that’s cooled and then mixed with more wine and sparkling water.
Double the wine flavor with fresh blueberry flavor and bubbles – there isn’t anything bad about that. If you’re looking for a new drink for a spring brunch or weekend treat or just something a little different for your cocktail hour, make a batch of this syrup and keep it for a week or two to use whenever you want!
Blueberry White Wine Spritzer
For the blueberry wine simple syrup:
- 1/2 cup Uppercut Sauvignon Blanc
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 and 1/4 cups Dixie Crystals sugar
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
Pour the sauvignon blanc, water, sugar, and blueberries into a medium saucepan and place it over medium heat. Stir everything together and bring the mixture to a rolling boil. Lower the heat a little and let the mixture simmer for 5-7 minutes until the blueberries have burst into the syrup. Strain the syrup into a bowl or container and discard the blueberry pieces. Let the syrup cool before using.
For 1 Blueberry White Wine Spritzer:
- 2-4 Tbsp blueberry wine simple syrup (depending on how sweet you like your drinks)
- 3 oz. sauvignon blanc, chilled
- 3 oz. sparkling water
To make the drink, pour the simple syrup into the bottom of a glass. Add in the wine and sparkling water. For garnish, you can toss in some extra frozen blueberries. Serve immediately.
Here’s the wine we were sent to try:
I’ve already used some of the Stark Raving Red to make some pasta sauce – delish, as my Nany would say. I haven’t opened the Cab yet, but I have some fun plans for it.
Oh! And I did sample some more of the Stark Raving Red with some of my favorite pairings: a really good parmesan, rich dark chocolate, and the one mainstay of our house – homemade cookies.
Be sure to check out everything The Wine Bar has to offer…they have some great wines and really good pricing
Disclaimer: As I mentioned above, I partnered with The Wine Bar on this sponsored review. Recipe and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I have an ongoing partnership with Dixie Crystals. Recipes and opinions are my own.