What’s in My Glass? Wine Spritzers

I’ll be honest, wine spritzers were the first alcoholic beverage that I was allowed to drink at home at the ripe old age of 16. I guess my dad figured some Portuguese jug wine and Sprite wouldn’t kill me, which was true considering I’d sneak much worse combinations (like vodka and Mountain Dew) outside the house.

Like many drinks of youth, I abandoned the spritzer for beverages with less soda until very recently when I discovered Bon Affair–a sleek, pre-bottled concoction of bubbles, electrolytes, and “real California wine.” “Real” should’ve been a red flag, but I couldn’t resist sipping down memory lane.

In hindsight, I wish nostalgia was less attractive. In fact, I would rather go back to the days I didn’t drink than choke down another millimeter of Bon Affair’s watery, artificial “wine” beverage.

Traditionally, spritzers are a 50/50 blend of wine and sparkling water or soda, and Bon Affair stuck to that ratio far too heavily, leading to watery spritzers closer in flavor to fruity sparkling water than anything alcoholic. Their Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc spritzers also add electrolytes which only succeeds in giving both of them a terribly artificial aftertaste–think Sweet Tarts meets aluminum foil.

After an hour of grimacing and wishing I had my $30 back, I made a firm decision: Drink wine, beer, cocktails , and never watery wine.

Wine Spritzers Uncorked:

Laura Loves: Spritzy cocktails like the Aperol Spritz or French 75, which combine sparkling wine with aromatic liqueurs for all the bubbles plus all the flavor.

Fun Facts: Bon Affair was featured (and partially funded) thanks to the TV show Shark Tank.

The wine spritzer has actually been around for centuries according to this article.

If you MUST Spritz: Use a 1/2 water-wine ratio.

Use aromatic fruits like citrus, or liqueurs like St. Germain or St. Germain to add complexity.

Start with wine you actually enjoy.


  • May 19, 2015
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