Sparkling Red Grape JuiceMADE BY OAKENCROFT FARM IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA
Charmbourcin grapes harvested at peak ripeness in Charlottesville, Virginia, vineyards just burst with cherry and berry flavors here – but, lo and behold, there's no alcohol! This sparkly juice tastes surprisingly like some of our favorite red wines, just without the hangover.
Wining and dining – shouldn't everyone be able to drink up the fun? Next time you're festively feasting, bust out this gorgeous bottle of single-varietal sparkling red grape juice so the kiddos (and your teetotaling aunt) don't miss out. Your cup runneth over!
And for you oenophiles (a.k.a. wine snobs), you won't sound pretentious if you mull over the bouquet, mouthfeel or acidity – Oakencroft Farm was a thriving winery in a past life, so they know how to work with wine grapes and coax out those subtle flavors.
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Use this sparkling grape juice as the base for a booze-free sangria: Combine a mix of sliced oranges, apples, strawberries and blueberries (about 2 cups fruit total), along with 2 tablespoons orange juice, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and a handful of fresh mint. Let the mint, orange juice and fruit macerate in a large pitcher on the counter for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours in the fridge. Add the sparkling grape juice just before serving, then pour into ice-filled cups.