Can you believe New Year’s Eve is less than a week away? Celebrating the start of the new year is one of our favorite excuses to continue the holiday festivities with family and friends. A New Year’s Eve party always include great finger foods and bubbly librations and this year is no exception. Garnished with some of the best fruits of the season, this sparkling, boozy holiday punch is the perfect refreshment to serve to the grownups. Fresh cranberries gives this punch its festive holiday red color and sweet and tart flavor. Organic Navel Oranges, in honor of citrus season, offer a nicely balanced brightness to the drink. And of course, you can’t forget the bubbly! One of our most popular wines in our wine lineup, the 2013 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs makes its star appearance because hey, why not? This time calls for going all out with your party spread and your guests are sure to toast to the start of 2018 with this fabulous party punch. You can whip up the punch pretty quickly during your party or make up a batch of it ahead of time and keep chilled in the refrigerator.
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A timeless choice for sparkling wine, the Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs was America’s first commercially produced Chardonnay-based brut wine. The 2013 release is vibrant, fruity and crisp and boasts fresh aromas of grapefruit, mangos, lemons, peaches and apricots. This medium bodied wine is one hundred percent Chardonnay and holds very true to the Blanc de Blancs model. It can be sipped on its own but is especially paired beautifully with seafood appetizers like fresh, briny oysters and hard cheeses. A most festive option for enjoying at a formal dinner or any cocktail party!
““The 2013 Blanc de Blancs has bright and fresh aromas of grapefruit, mango, apricot, lemon, and white peach. The fruitful fragrance intermingles with hints of fresh bread, vanilla cream pie, and rose petals. Freshly sliced Gravenstein apples, zesty citrus, and bright pineapple flavors carry vibrant length on the palate.” – Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies
– Tasting Notes from Winemakers Keith Hock and Hugh Davies
Orange Cranberry Holiday Punch
Yields: 12 to 16 servings
- 1 bottle of cranberry juice
- 1/2 bottle of 2013 Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc or your choice of sparkling wine
- 2 cups of lemon lime soda
- 1 cup of orange juice
- 1 cup of fresh cranberries
- 2 organic navel oranges, sliced
1. In a pitcher or punch bowl, mix together the cranberry juice, lemon lime soda and orange juice.
2. Pour in the 1/2 bottle of the Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc or sparkling wine. Stir gently to combine
3. Add the cranberries, orange slices and ice to the punch. Serve cold to your guests.