An Okanagan sparkling sangria is in the works
As the B.C. beverage industry continues to explode, exciting new products continue to stream onto the drink scene, including canned bevvies.
Wine in a can was launched in B.C. a few years ago by The View Winery. Their Bling sparkling wine was a huge hit with boaters and campers and took all of the pretension out of wine drinking and made it more fun.
And now we are about to add local sparkling sangria to the mix.
Swurve Sparkling Sangria is a blend of B.C. wine and local fruit juices with no added sugar making it a semi-dry cocktail to enjoy.
Nik and Kate Durisek are the innovative architects of this delicious new drink, but it isn’t their first creation. In 2011 the couple were inspired to leave their city lives and homestead on an orchard in the Okanagan.
“In 2012 we packed up our 100 potted heirloom apple trees and purchased a property to plant them at. We've been making our Howling Moon Craft Cider ever since.”
“Swurve Sparkling Sangria is a new project for our company, Okanagan Epicurean, which also makes Howling Moon Craft Cider in Oliver, B.C.," Kate explains. "Our sangria is made with a blend of B.C. wine and B.C. fruit juice – making it, to the best of my knowledge, the first and only canned sparkling sangria made from 100 per cent B.C. fruit. This winter we soft launched our Rosé Sangria which is a blend of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes, raspberry and apple juice with a hint of peach.”
The Duriseks are working to get Swurve onto the market soon.
“The response so far has been very positive, so we are working to build out the brand and prepare for a busy spring season," Kate says. "Canned wine and ready-to-drink beverages are seeing increased sales throughout North America and we feel that B.C. is well positioned to take advantage of this opportunity and give consumers more ways to enjoy B.C. wines.”
Sounds like the new favourite summer libation to me. Bring on the Swurve!
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