Drink of the Week: Portland Sangria Spritz

Portland Sangria
Portland-based winemaker Ryan Sharp created his first batch of Portland Sangria by accident in 2011 when an excess of rosé at bottling forced him to get creative on the fly. Fortunately it was a happy accident, and this season Sharp experimented with some new flavors. Like the original Sangria, the new spritzes start with a dry wine base and get gussied up with fruit juice, herbs and spices, organic cane sugar and a little carbonated water. The result is not too sweet, lightly fizzy and supremely drinkable. The dry rosé blended with raspberry, loganberry and cardamom is bright and fruity, while the blueberry and basil with dry Riesling is sweet and herbal, and the lemon and ginger with rosemary, also blended with the Riesling, is tart and zippy. Whether poured on ice, mixed with fruit or straight from the can, these spritzes are made for summer sipping. $15 for a 4-pack, portlandsangria.com