We got to taste the wines of Galea of Spain a couple months ago. The dry red dinner wines were great but a little too dry for local tastes. The Sangrias, on the other hand, were true charmers. Not only were they yummy on the palate but their crock-looking packaging practically screams, "Buy me!"
When you consider what passes for Sangria in the chain stores, offering Galea here was a definite no brainer. It shouldn't even be considered to be in the same category as the mass marketed concoctions. Galea uses legitimate certified organic vinifera wine grapes made in a less sweet style than the average marketplace plonk. It even tastes fresh.
Galea Red is sourced from the Barcelona region. The blend is Tempranillo-based with Merlot and Syrah. It is organic, as we have already said, with dominant natural orange and cassis flavors. And as you would expect, it is frizzante.
The white uses the historic grapes of Cava; Xarello, Macabeu and Parellada; sourced from Catalonia. The added flavors include passion fruit and citrus. It tastes like white peaches. Between the wine grapes, fruit and effervescence, this one is a real palate cleanser.
The rose features Tempranillo and Bobal grapes with tangerine and lemon and a little vanilla flavoring added. This one is somewhat candied in character and seems less dry than the others.
All three Sangrias are 7% alcohol. The red is recommended to be served with an orange and basil garnish. Both the white and rose are recommended served over ice; the white with berries, lime and fresh mint; the rose, with a lemon twist and strawberries.