Fresh, fruity and fun, Sangria made from a bottle of merlot and some fresh fruit is the adult beverage for summer.
Today is the first day of summer for us, as measured by the last day of school. When you’re a parent, you measure the seasons not by the calendar, but by school holidays. AmIright?
So for all of us who made it hanging on by the fingernails through another school year, and by “all of us” I mean teachers and administrators, too, I raise my glass of Merlot Sangria, and say “cheers” to a job well done.
Check it out in the video below ⇓
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This recipe comes from Jose Becerra, the bartender for 18 years at The Black Trumpet restaurant in Huntington Beach, Calif. I had the pleasure of eating lunch there, sponsored by Melissa’s Produce. The restaurant, which specializes in Mediterranean tapas (small plates) from Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Morocco, exclusively uses Melissa’s Produce as its supplier of fresh fruits and vegetables, and wanted to show off their chops.
Take a gander at a few of their shockingly delicious dishes!
Caponata (Sicilian eggplant dip)
Hummus (garbanzo dip)
Onion soup (served in a whole onion shell! Simply amazing.)
Cauliflower, quick fried, with sriracha and harissa aioli
Brussels sprouts and chorizo in a sumac vinaigrette
Pizzette pera, a pizza-flatbread with roasted pear, baby arugula, Gorgonzola and mozzarella
Lamb lollipop with Moroccan couscous and mint pesto
Veal meatball with house marinara and shaved pecorino
Mediterranean taco with a butter lettuce “shell,” grilled chicken, cucumbers, Roma tomatoes, red onions, feta, Kalamata olives, oregano and tzaziki dip
Berry panna cotta
Who wants to go?
I’ll meet you there for happy hour and tapas!
The Black Trumpet 
7041 Yorktown Ave.
Huntington Beach, California
If you like Sangria, please also try my Fruity Burgundy Sangria  ⇓
Thanks to Melissa’s Produce for hosting me. Photo credit: Many of the photos are by Melissa’s Produce, as well.
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