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Here’s where real sangria comes from (according to the EU)

The EU Parliament passed legislation today that brings in tougher rules on labelling true sangria.

Image: AP Photo/Matthew Mead

NOT ALL SWEET red wine blended with fruits may claim to be genuine sangria.

The European Parliament passed legislation earlier today requiring tougher geographical labeling rules to establish that true sangria comes from Spain or Portugal.

In the future, aromatised wines produced elsewhere will have to clearly state their country of origin on the labels, marking them, for example, as German or Swedish sangria.

Sangria is usually consumed chilled as a popular summer drink. It typically contains red wine, sugar, brandy, orange, peach and other chopped fruit plus slightly sweetened seltzer water.

European lawmakers in Strasbourg passed the motion — which also protects the Vermouth and Gluehwein aromatized wines — in a 609-72 plenary vote with four abstentions.

The legislation still needs a rubber stamp approval from EU governments.

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