Wine with Peaches (Southern Italian Sangria) – Forget What You Know About Wheat(c)

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      This is commonly made in many Southern Italian and Italian American households.  I like to call it Southern Italian Sangria.  My incredible Uncle Gene and I used to polish off a pitcher of this on hot summer evenings with dinner.  My family uses red wine, some families use white, I prefer a fruity red.  I blanch the peaches first, which makes removing the skin remarkably easy.  I also like to use white and orange peaches together.   The peaches need a few hours to marinate, but can remain in wine refrigerated for days.

      In Europe, some vintners use a flour paste to seal the oak barrels used to age (ferment) wine.  Rarely, a gluten containing substance is used to filter impurities in wine. A substance which filters impurities is called a fining agent.  Interestingly, common fining agents are often bentonite, casein (milk protein), egg white protein, gelatin (often from an animal source) and isinglass (gelatin from fish bladder).  On February 11, 2014 the TTB (US Alcohol, Tax & Tobacco Trade Bureau which is responsible for the regulating distilled spirits, wine and beer) began updating its gluten free labeling policy. They are looking to the FDA’s definition of “gluten free”.  See below references for more information.

1  bottle fruity Red Wine

2  Peaches

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Blanch the peaches:  Bring water to boil in a pot large enough to accommodate the size of the peaches.  Boil 30 seconds.  Then immediately plunge in a bowl of cold water with ice.  Leave peaches in bowl for a minute or so, until cool enough to handle.  Score side with a paring knife and peel skin back.

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Slice the peaches, place in bottom of a pitcher.  Pour the entire bottle of wine over the peaches.  Marinate for a minimum of three hours.   Serve and enjoy!


  1. Using Fining Agents”; Wine Maker Magazine;  Jan 2003;
  2. 2.  TTB “Revised Interim Policy on Gluten Content Statements in the Labeling and Advertising of Wine, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages“; 2/11/2014;

“Wine with Peaches” by Liz Conforti, Forget What You Know About Wheat(c) 2014

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