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True sangria wine may only come from Spain, Portugal

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Sangría can only be sangría if it is made in Spain or Portugal.


The European Parliament last January passed legislation to reform labeling regulations and the protection of geographical indications for aromatized drinks, which include sangría. Such drinks can now only be sold under this denomination if they are produced on the Iberian peninsula.

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EU lawmakers toughen labeling laws: True sangria wine may only come from Spain, Portugal

Published January 14, 2014 – Associated Press

BRUSSELS – Not all sweet red wine blended with fruits may claim to be genuine sangria.

The European Parliament on Tuesday passed legislation requiring tougher geographical labeling rules to establish that true sangria comes from Spain or Portugal.

In the future, aromatized wines produced elsewhere will have to clearly state their country of origin on the labels, marking them, for example, as German or Swedish sangria.

Sangria is usually consumed chilled as a popular summer drink. It typically contains red wine, sugar, brandy, orange, peach and other chopped fruit plus slightly sweetened seltzer water.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/01/14/world/europe/ap-eu-europe-sangria.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

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