You know the story of the cobbler’s kids who have no shoes? Yea. That’s us with this house. We own our business, MorningStar Studio and are still in the middle of our DIY house remodel. And one afternoon last fall we needed a break!
In my head (and maybe my heart) I had visions of going to a vineyard in the country for a relaxing afternoon. A winery that had live music would be even better. My fingers took a journey on my keyboard searching for local wineries and their events for the day.
I found several vineyards south of Kansas City near Paola, Kansas. One of them, NightHawk Winery, had a musician who sang and played guitar for the afternoon. Perfect.
The yard at NightHawk Winery is beautiful. There are covered patios surrounded with flowers. The lawn has plenty of large trees that are perfect for sitting under and enjoying a glass or two of wine.
As we were participating in the wine tasting we discovered that the wine maker did delightful things with the Chambourcin grape. It was similar to a Merlot but with a softer finish. By the way, I like white wines. Eric likes red wines. We’re opposite that way in most things. lol After being married for 41 years we’ve learned to compromise a little bit, so red wine it was for the afternoon. We bought a bottle and were enjoying it when one of the owners walked by and struck up a conversation with us.
That conversation and afternoon has developed into a friendship between us and Don and Catherine Warring, the owners of NightHawk Winery. And now it has become a great place for us to take an afternoon break. We’ve gone a couple of times this spring and summer already. Plus, there is the wine. Catherine’s wine.
On our last visit, Catherine shared with me a glass of the best Sangria that I’ve ever had. It was made with one of Catherine’s own white wine blends, Osage White, which is a dry white blend. And yes, after having a glass of Sangria with her, I bought several bottles to bring home! You will definitely want to make some Pink Sangria this weekend!Print
This is a refreshing Sangria that’s perfect to serve at a summer gathering.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: several hours or overnight
- Total Time: 35 minute
- Yield: approx 20 servings
- Category: Beverage
- 2 bottles dry White Wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio
- 1 12-oz can frozen pink lemonade
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1 1/2 C water
- 1 to 2 12-oz cans of lemon line soda, chilled
- Various fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, peaches, grapes, apples, lemons, limes, pineapple, blueberries and oranges.
- In a large 2 gallon container, mix the lemonade, water and sugar until dissolved.
- Add the wine and stir thoroughly.
- Cut your desired fruit into bite-size pieces. Add fruit to the wine mixture. Stir.
- If time allows, chill several hours or overnight.
- Just before serving, add the cans of lemon-lime soda. Stir gently to mix.
- To serve, pour into glasses and spoon in some of the steeped fruit.
- Garnish edge of glass with a piece of fruit if desired.