Give your glass of wine an Autumn feel with this Cranberry Grapefruit Wine Spritzer. It’s a tasty way to welcome in sweater season!
This Cranberry Grapefruit Wine Spritzer post is sponsored by NewAir, but the recipe and opinions are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Spiced!
About this time last year, Laura and I were heading off to Napa Valley, California for an extended weekend getaway. Robbie was with his grandparents, and we were ready for a weekend of delicious wines, good foods and excellent memories. One thing we didn’t take into account with that trip was the time difference. We are early risers in general, and then you add a 3-hour time difference in there? We were up at 4am and ready to go wine tasting by 7am!
Over the course of the weekend, we visited a number of different wineries both along the main Highway 29 as well as the Silverado Trail. We tasted a lot of wines we liked, and we tasted a lot of wines we didn’t like. By the time we boarded our plane to head back to upstate New York, we were the newest members of 3 different wine clubs. Let me tell ya – those were the best slightly tipsy decisions we’ve ever made!
Every few months, we get shipments from the various wine clubs that range anywhere between 3-12 bottles. We’ve spent many good nights either on the back porch (summer) or in the basement (winter) enjoying those wines and reliving the memories of that vacation.
In keeping with our sense of humor, we have a sign heading down to the basement welcoming folks to our wine cellar! Our wine collection has been growing steadily in recent months, and when NewAir reached out to collaborate on a post, I jumped at the chance!
NewAir makes a variety of compact appliances, including beer and wine fridges. One of their newest products is the Freestanding 43-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Fridge. This stainless steel wine fridge not only holds a bunch of bottles, but it offers two different temperature zones. White wines are typically served a bit colder than red wines, and with the dual zone you are can accommodate both temperature zones.
As we learned out in Napa, heat (and particularly temperature fluctuations) can degrade the quality of your wine very quickly. You might have heard the saying that “room temperature is ok” for storing wine. Well, that was true…back when folks lived in large French chateaux where the average indoor temperature was between 55°F-65°F. Thanks to modern air conditioners and furnaces, our homes don’t always stay in that 55°F-65°F range. That’s where appliances like NewAir’s Freestanding 43-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Fridge comes in!
NewAir Freestanding 43-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Fridge
The NewAir Freestanding 43-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Fridge can be set to anywhere between 41°F-64°F, and, as noted above, there are two separate temperature zones. That makes storage quite convenient! Also, it’s worth noting that this fridge is super quiet. We have it in our basement bar area. We often watch tv in the basement at night, and we can’t hear this fridge running at all.
Another feature of NewAir’s wine fridge is actually one that we didn’t think about initially. The fridge has removable shelves, and we have a couple of magnum bottles (1.5L) of red wines from Italy. We were able to remove one of the shelves to accommodate those larger bottles. All in all, NewAir’s Freestanding 43-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Fridge gets a two thumbs up from both of us – so that means it gets 4 thumbs up!
If you have any questions about this wine fridge, let me know! I’m happy to help. We had a lot of fun organizing the various bottles from our wine club shipments in this fridge. Rather than keeping our bottles scattered about in random spots, they look awesome lined up in the fridge.
Cranberry Grapefruit Wine Spritzer
Speaking of wine, I couldn’t wrap up today’s post without sharing one of our of latest obsessions – wine spritzers. Laura got into making different types of wine spritzers this summer, and we had a lot of fun with the flavors. Since Autumn is arriving, I thought it might be fun to put a fall twist on the classic wine spritzer.
For this Cranberry Grapefruit Wine Spritzer, I went with a combination of cranberry and grapefruit juice added to a dry white wine. (I used a Sauvignon Blanc, but a dry chardonnay or pinot grigio would work here, too.) The cranberry and grapefruit flavors remind me of sweater season, red and orange leaves and that slight chill in the air. Oh, and the key (aside from the wine) to this Cranberry Grapefruit Wine Spritzer is the addition of ginger liqueur, such as Domain Canton. The ginger compliments the tartness from the cranberry and grapefruit juices quite well.
Mixed together, the flavors of this wine spritzer are quite fantastic! Pull out a bottle of wine, mix up a batch and enjoy the arrival of Autumn. Cheers!
Did you make a batch of this Cranberry Grapefruit Wine Spritzer at home? Leave a comment below or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Bonus: If you are interested in purchasing NewAir’s Freestanding 43-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Fridge, you can use this affiliate link to get $50 off your order!
Cranberry Grapefruit Wine Spritzer
- ½ cup ruby red grapefruit juice
- ¼ cup cranberry juice
- ¼ cup ginger liqueur such as Domaine de Canton
- 2 cups dry white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio
- splash club soda
- fresh grapefruit thinly sliced
- Using a large pitcher, add grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, ginger liqueur and white wine; stir until well combined. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1-2 hours.
- Stir mixture and pour into ice-filled wine glasses. Top each glass with a splash of club soda. Garnish with thinly sliced grapefruit and cranberries.
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