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What To Do With Old Wine: The Tasting Room’s Sangria Recipe!

Updated: Feb 12




Have you ever opened a bottle of wine, enjoyed a glass or two, then set the bottle aside for a while? After setting the wine aside, you don’t go back for another glass from the bottle for a couple weeks. At this point, you’ll probably notice that the taste of the wine has changed. The longer you’ve left the wine, the more drastic the change is. This is because the wine had been exposed to air the moment you uncorked the bottle – causing the wine to begin oxidizing.


So how will you know if your wine has oxidized and will no longer be pleasant to drink? Different wines oxidize differently. A good rule of thumb for an opened bottle of red wine is 1-2 weeks. Whereas an opened bottle of white wine only lasts about 1-3 days. But this isn’t always a good rule of thumb to follow. For example a white dessert wine and a white sparkling wine will have different dates of expiration after being opened. Another way to tell if your wine has oxidized is by the taste and aroma. White wine that has oxidized will release a nutty or jam-like odor, and reds will release a sharp vinegar and unpleasant caramelized odor. Both will taste and look flat, and have lost their flavor and color.


The good news is that oxidized wine doesn’t have to go to waste. The Tasting Room is a Downtown Syracuse restaurant that specializes in whiskey, wine and tastings. As a whiskey and wine bar, we go through a lot of bottles of wine. Unfortunately, not all of these bottles get finished before they begin to oxidize. But it doesn’t go to waste. Instead, we repurpose our old wine into sangria!


If you follow us on Instagram (@thetastingroom_syr), then you may have seen our recipe for red sangria. Make sure you’re following us there to see the recipe in action, but we also have our recipe for red sangria and our recipe for white sangria right here! We usually make our sangria recipe in bulk, but we cut it down for you to make it simple to make at home.


Red Sangria Recipe:


-1 bottle of red wine (or 4 cups)


-⅓ cup of triple sec


-1 cup of orange juice


-½ cup of brandy


-Add 1 can of seltzer and your choice of fruit to garnish the batch (or add a splash of seltzer and fruit as you’re serving each glass)


White Sangria Recipe:


-1 bottle of white wine (or 4 cups)


-⅓ cup of triple sec


-½ cup of orange juice


-½ cup of brandy


-Add 1 can of seltzer and your choice of fruit to garnish the batch (or add a splash of seltzer and fruit as you’re serving each glass)


And enjoy!


Since we go through a lot of wine – being a wine bar in Syracuse – we usually use 5 bottles of wine at a time to make this recipe in bulk. If you’re hosting a party or another event where you may need a bulk sangria recipe, check out our red sangria recipe video on our Instagram. And if you want to try this recipe without doing any of the work to make it, be sure to stop into The Tasting Room, located in the heart of Downtown Syracuse!



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