I know Teresa Gubbins has written about this sangria already, but I can’t help sharing anyway.
Fort Worth native Britt West, Co-Founder of Eppa Wine Company, dropped by the office yesterday to give us a little tasting of his product. What he poured into our wine glasses was a surprisingly refreshing sangria blended from pomegranate, blood orange, blueberry and acai juices that goes well with ice.
Usually, I’m not a huge fan of press releases that endorse a drink “that has it all” since I can’t imagine anything that has it all, but Eppa sangria comes pretty darn close. It has an alcohol content of 8.5%, and the liquid feels light when you roll it around on your tongue. Blended in Mendocino County where the company buys its grapes, this sangria makes a terrific housewarming gift. It’s something you’d bring to a party to pair with hor d’oeuvres and cheese, and the best part is that it costs less than $12 per bottle.
Eppa sangria officially launched in September 2011, but it will soon be offered in over 80% of Whole Foods stores around the country. “It’s only been in Texas since mid-March. They’ve sold out completely out of the state twice, and I’ve had to re-order. It’s been great, though. Whole Foods is kind of a natural fit for everything we’re doing,” says West.
Expect Eppa to become a household name soon. “On our Facebook page, we get people writing in saying they had a massive cheer at a party, and everyone yelled ‘Eppa!'” West proudly told us.
As for me, I am now hoarding a complimentary bottle of Eppa in my desk right now, waiting impatiently for a special occasion to break the top open. Anyone with a taste for sangria is welcome to swing on by.