Merlot Sangria (from The Black Trumpet Restaurant)

by Dorothy Reinhold on June 23, 2021

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Merlot Sangria: Fresh, fruity and fun, Sangria made from a bottle of merlot and some fresh fruit is the adult beverage for summer.

As summer begins, we need to celebrate, and what better way than with tapas and sangria?

If you have school-age children (from kinder through college), the true first day of summer is 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 not only children and parents, but teachers, school staff and administrators, too, I raise my glass of Merlot Sangria, and say “cheers” to a job well done.

Large container of Merlot Sangria on the bar top at The Black Trumpet on ShockinglyDelicious.comThis vat of Merlot Sangria comes to us via Jose Becerra, the bartender since 2001 at The Black Trumpet restaurant in Huntington Beach, Calif. I had the pleasure of dining there, and he delighted in serving us from his bucket ‘o sangria. We loved it! It was fresh, fruity, eminently quaffable.

Check out Jose Becerra in the video below, serving up his Merlot Sangria. You’ll see he starts with ice in the glass, then ladles in the drink, and then ladles in some of the fruit floating on top.

Merlot Sangria

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 6-8

Merlot Sangria

Fresh, fruity and fun, Sangria made from a bottle of merlot and some fresh fruit is the adult beverage for summer. There’s a secret ingredient you might not guess, but don’t leave it out!


  • 1 bottle merlot (or any other red wine you have hanging around)
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Fresh strawberries, cut into chunks
  • Green apple, cut into chunks
  • Orange, cut into chunks


  1. Add all ingredients to a large pitcher and stir to combine. The fruit will naturally float to the top. Allow to rest in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.
  2. To serve, fill wine goblets with crushed ice or ice cubes, and strain wine into the glasses.
  3. Enjoy!
  4. Serves 6-8, depending on portion size and thirst!


Recipe source: Verbal recipe from Jose Becerra, bartender at The Black Trumpet restaurant in Huntington Beach, California.

Type of wine: Becerra prefers Merlot, but says of course you can use any type of red wine you have around.

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I had the pleasure of eating lunch at The Black Trumpet in Huntington Beach, Calif., sponsored by Melissa’s Produce. The restaurant, which specializes in Mediterranean tapas (small plates) from Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Morocco, wanted to show off their chops.

Take a gander at a few of their shockingly delicious tapas dishes!

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Onion Soup served in an actual onion, on a brown baking dish, on ShockinglyDelicious.comOnion soup (served in a whole onion shell! Simply amazing.)

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Brussels sprouts with chorizo and sumac vinaigrette with sliced almonds on top on a white plate on ShockinglyDelicious.comBrussels sprouts and chorizo in a sumac vinaigrette

Pizette pera with roasted pear, baby arugula, Gorgonzola and mozzarella on a long rectangular white plate on ShockinglyDelicious.comPizzette pera, a pizza-flatbread with roasted pear, baby arugula, Gorgonzola and mozzarella

Lamb lollipop with Moroccan couscous and mint pesto on a rectangular white plate on ShockinglyDelicious.comLamb lollipop with Moroccan couscous and mint pesto

Veal Meatball with house marinara and shaved pecorino on a white plate on ShockinglyDelicious.comVeal meatball with house marinara and shaved pecorino

Mediterranean Taco on a lettuce leaf on a white plate from The Black TrumpetMediterranean taco with a butter lettuce “shell,” grilled chicken, cucumbers, Roma tomatoes, red onions, feta, Kalamata olives, oregano and tzaziki dip

Berry Panna Cotta in a glass ramekin with a smear of berry puree beside it on a white plate, from The Black Trumpet restaurant on ShockinglyDelicious.comBerry 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
(714) 842-1122

Want another sangria recipe, but with burgundy?

If you like Sangria, please also try my Fruity Burgundy Sangria

Fruity Burgundy Sangria in a glass with berries alongside |

Thanks to Melissa’s Produce for hosting me for lunch. Photo credit: Many of the appetizer photos are by Melissa’s Produce, as well.
This was originally published June 11, 2019, and has been refreshed and republished today.

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen June 24, 2021 at 7:11 pm

It looks like that place is still there. I hope they still have the sangria! I’ll have to try it.


Dorothy Reinhold June 24, 2021 at 10:20 pm

Maybe we can meet there! Like everyone else, they struggled in the last 1 1/2 years, but it’s a robust spot.


Karen June 24, 2021 at 11:21 pm

Half way between your house and Mimi’s!


Dorothy Reinhold June 25, 2021 at 7:25 am

Exactly my thinking!


Jane June 24, 2021 at 4:42 pm

I love the flavors you put together for this Sangria Dorothy. I would happily sip on this any time of the year, but especially during the hot summer days!


Dorothy Reinhold June 24, 2021 at 7:02 pm

Yeah, of course we CAN have sangria all year long, but somehow, summer seems like the right time, eh?


Laura@motherwouldknow June 24, 2021 at 1:33 pm

Sangria is such a wonderful way to celebrate summer and this version looks particularly yummy. I could definitely sip it all evening long!


Dorothy Reinhold June 24, 2021 at 3:38 pm

It tricks you with all that fruit! Hey, I’m having a fruit dessert!


Catalina June 15, 2020 at 1:08 am

Every summer I make fruit sangria. I love to try new flavors. Next time I will try your recipe.


Beti | easyweeknightrecipes June 14, 2020 at 11:57 am

YES, please! This is such a fabulous summer drink!


katerina @ June 14, 2020 at 11:56 am

LOVE THIS!! Perfect for summer!!


Kerri June 13, 2020 at 2:26 pm

Ohh.Never made it with merlot! Excited to try this out!


Toni June 13, 2020 at 2:04 pm

Such a flavorful drink! I love it!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert June 12, 2020 at 7:15 pm

This Merlot Sangria looks incredibly delicious!


Beth June 12, 2020 at 9:35 am

This looks so refreshing and tasty! I can’t wait to make it this weekend!


Lola Osinkolu June 20, 2019 at 2:11 pm

Looks extremely refreshing! Craving already!


Melanie Bauer June 18, 2019 at 8:32 pm

Looks insanely delicious! I bet those flavors are really amazing, need to try this soon!


Dorothy Reinhold June 24, 2019 at 7:09 am

It is so refreshing! It wasn’t too boozy, either, with all the ice and fruit juices!


Jade June 16, 2019 at 11:41 am

I need a glass right now!


Taylor June 15, 2019 at 7:27 am

SO refreshing and delicious! The absolute perfect summer drink!


Sara Welch June 14, 2019 at 2:45 pm

This is my kind of drink! Looks so robust and flavorful; delicious!


Vik June 14, 2019 at 9:28 am

This is so fresh and it tastes wonderful. Definitely what I needed after a long year!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert June 13, 2019 at 11:54 pm

This needs to happen at my house very soon!! I have to put this on my menu!


Dorothy Reinhold June 14, 2019 at 9:40 am

It will take you about 5 minutes to put it together, and that hardest part is waiting a couple of hours for it to macerate. Be strong…you can do it. 🙂


Kim Seghers June 13, 2019 at 3:22 pm

My goodness this merlot Sangria looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it. My niece is having a wedding shower in a few months this drink would be perfect.


Demeter June 13, 2019 at 1:38 pm

This will be perfect for my next Girls Night In. It’ll be a fun change.


Dorothy Reinhold June 13, 2019 at 7:07 pm

Oh YES it is a great one for girls’ night!


Valentina June 12, 2019 at 8:54 pm

Yum, yum and yum. All of these dishes look fantastic and I’m a huge Sangria fun! Summer or not. 😉


Dorothy Reinhold June 13, 2019 at 7:08 pm

I agree. It’s a drink you can have all year long, but summer seems particularly appropriate!


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