Thanks to a crafty collaboration by Lake Anna Winery and Coyote Hole Ciderworks, you’ll no longer have to choose between a bottle of crisp cider or glass of fruity sangria at your next holiday meal. The team’s Hard Cider Sangria is a saccharine mash-up which teases layers of autumnal tastes and fruity accents.
The seasonal fruit wine and cider mix debuted in the Coyote Hole tasting room for the first time this fall and is now being distributed in cans. The Sangria is a crisp blend of cran-mango juice, Lake Anna’s Lakeside Sunset Rosé and the cidery’s green apple hard cider crafted with 100 percent Virginia-grown apples. The Opa Smith apples incorporated into the sangria are sourced from both Coyote Hole’s on-site orchard and leased grove, Silver Creek & Seaman’s Orchards, in Tyro.
Coyote Hole’s cidermakers praise the sangria for its above average ABV and medium sweetness that pairs excellently with spicy foods like homemade salsa or grilled spice-rubbed shrimp.
Selling the seasonal cans is a big step for Coyote Hole’s production. “We started making our Sangria in our tasting room with fresh batches every day. It became so popular that we had trouble keeping up with the demand and making sometimes over 10 batches in one day,” explains Coyote Hole owner Chris Denkers. “Many patrons came in just to fill their growlers with our Sangria and it became obvious what we needed to do, which was to package it in our signature four pack of 16-ounce cans.”
While the seasonal has been released just in time for Thanksgiving, Denkers recommends enjoying the fruit wine with every holiday meal.
Use Coyote Hole’s digital distribution map to find a Sangria retailer nearest you.
Coyote Hole Ciderworks is located at 225 Oak Grove Drive, Mineral.