No need to use a $30 bottle for sangria, but you should probably skip that undrinkable plonk in a jug. (Wine in a can, however: That’s another story). As long as the wine is inexpensive, fruity and tastes good on its own, it’ll work well in sangria.
Red. When making red sangria, you want to look for something that’s fruity with low tannins. And since the drink originated in Spain, and Spain is home to some of the best red wine values, why not start there?
Wines made from Garnacha (aka Grenache) have lots of ripe cherry flavors, while Monastrell (aka Mourvèdre) have darker fruit flavors and black peppery notes. Inexpensive Tempranillos tend to be herbier and spicier and are a good choice as well.