Known across Europe for hundreds of years, sangria was originally made in Spain with Rioja and other Spanish red wines. In the 1700s and 1800s, a version was made with claret (red wine from Bordeaux), brandy and fruit. Known as Claret Cup Punch, the drink was especially popular at parties.
Sangria was broadly introduced to the U.S. at the 1964 World's Fair in New York. The Spanish area served the wine punch to its visitors and it's been a popular drink around the world ever since.
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