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Milwaukee summer and Milwaukee sangria: a match made in ... Bay View.
Milwaukee summer and Milwaukee sangria: a match made in ... Bay View.

Milwaukee's own sangria

The temperatures lately might have us feeling a bit like we're on the Spanish riviera these days. Pop open a bottle of Wisconsin-made Lovino Sangria and you'll really be transported to the Iberian summertime.

Lovino, headquartered in Bay View, was founded by Jamie and Erica Zdroik and their ready-to-drink Sangria – available in 750 ml bottles at more than 80 Roundy's locations already – is produced at an "environmentally friendly" winery in Algoma.

"We've been mixing sangria for family and friends for years," says Erica. "After developing this recipe, we were often told we should find a way to bottle and sell our blend. Sangria by Lovino is the result of those suggestions."

The Zdroik's say their current jobs have helped them navigate the trail of production plans, government approvals, distribution and finances of creating Lovino.

Erica is a food resource manager at Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin and her husband Jamie is a manufacturing manager at Nelson Container in Germantown.

In case you're wondering, the name Lovino is a smashing together of the words "love" and the Italian word for wine, "vino."

I'm going home to drink some tonight. If you follow me on Twitter, you'll find out tomorrow what I thought.

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