Fresh apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, orange slices, orange juice, sugar and Crios Malbec wine make up this delicious and easy recipe. This post is sponsored by Crios Wines, a family owned brand located in Argentina. The name Crios means offspring in Spanish. Owner Susana Balbo created the company as a tribute to her son Jose and daughter Ana. Both Ana and Jose are now grown and are working in the family business. This rich family background sets Crios apart from other entry level brands. Each wine has a message behind it and represents a milestone in Susana’s life.
Crios Wines are harvested from specific locations in Mendoza and Salta in Argentina, where grapes are optimal for the fruit-forward style of Crios. There are five varieties of Crios Wines; Crios Red Blend, Crios Malbec, Crios Cabernet Sauvignon, Crios Rose of Malbec, and Crios Torrontes.
Cries Red Blend
Inspirational message of the wine: Explore something new
Life lesson and tasting notes: Susana Balbo, Argentina’s leading and most innovative winemaker, thrives by exploring the limitless possibilities of blends to make a wine with the most unique character.
This inspired blend is full of curiosity and discovery. 40% Bonarda, 40% Malbec, 15% Tannat, and 5% Syrah. Explore its notes of plum, black pepper spice, and blackberry jam.
Pair with: BBQ chicken, grilled sausages, smoked Gouda cheese
Flavors: layered, juicy and smooth
Inspirational message of the wine: Be brave
Life lesson and tasting notes: Susana Balbo, Argentina’s leading and most innovative winemaker, was inspired to change the perception of Malbec from a forgotten grape to Argentina’s iconic varietal.
Against the odds, Susana bravely created a wine that elevates Malbec to world-class quality full of signature notes of black cherries, oak spice, and violets.
Pair with: Tuna steak, lamb, hamburgers
Flavors: lush with hints of spice
Crios Cabernet Sauvignon
Inspirational message of the wine: Trust in yourself
Life lesson and tasting notes: Susana Balbo, Argentina’s leading and most innovative winemaker, strived to make a premium Cabernet Sauvignon in the unproven terroir of Argentina.
Even in the face of doubt, she trusted her instincts and created an elegant Cabernet that took the world’s attention, laced with notes of plum, dark chocolate, and vanilla spice.
Pair with: Grilled or roasted meats, empanadas, chilli
Flavors: elegant, earthy and balanced
Crios Rose of Malbec
Inspirational message of the wine: Look at life differently
Life lesson and tasting notes: Susana Balbo, Argentina’s leading and most innovative winemaker, revolutionized the face of Malbec by taking a classic red wine and imagining something new.
Curiosity led Susana to make and ingenious Rosé of Malbec, a one-of-a-kind dry wine filled with notes of wild strawberry, red cherry, and hints of spice.
Pair with: Chicken and spicy Asian foods
Flavors: Vibrant, dry and full-bodied
Inspirational message of the wine: Break the rules
Life lesson and tasting notes: Susana Balbo, Argentina’s leading and most innovative winemaker, transformed Torrontés from a common blending grape to Argentina’s star white wine.
Her first vintage broke the mold and proved Torrontés’ premium character, defined by its crisp notes of white flower, pear and ripe peach.
Pair with: Smoked meats, medium cheeses, fish, crab, sushi
Flavors: dry, crispy and aromatic
Now that you’ve had your wine lesson, lets make some sangria! I picked the Crios Malbec since it’s flavors were described as lush and with a hint of spice. I knew it would be great to add cinnamon brown sugar to it. Make sure you use a good quality cinnamon, I prefer to use Vietnamese cinnamon because it’s such a strong and wonderful cinnamon.
- 1 bottle Crios Malbec
- 1 cup orange juice
- ½ Red Delicious apple, chopped
- ½ Gala apple, chopped
- ½ Granny Smith apple, chopped
- 3 slices of orange
- 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- Combine Crios Malbec, orange juice, chopped apples, orange slices, cinnamon, and sugars in a large bowl or pitcher.
- Mix well.
- Refrigerate covered for at least 3 hours or overnight for maximum flavor.
Enjoy your sangria! The flavor sweet apples and cinnamon go perfectly with the Malbec.
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