Heart-healthy, brain-stimulating, age-prolonging, cancer-fighting red wine. Who needs holiday gifts with all these goodies? Studies have indicated that certain components in red wine, namely resveratrol and polyphenols, might play an important role in preventing damage to blood vessels, reducing bad cholesterol, preventing blood clots, improving blood flow, and inhibiting the development of certain cancers. Spice up your traditional glass with a twist of citrus (aka vitamin C…) in our wintery version of Sangria.
Any good-quality, fruity red wine works well in Blood Orange Sangría; a combination of pinot noir and Beaujolais is particularly good. The vermilion flesh of blood oranges (which come into season in December) is lovely. But if they're not available, substitute navel oranges—both offer a good hit of vitamin C.