Wine Ice Cream….sounds like an oxymoron, but it really does exists and it is sinfully delicious!
Made by Mercer’s, a fine ice cream maker and winners of many “Dairy of Distinction” Awards, wine ice cream is made with 15% butterfat and contains 5% alcohol by volume.
Why is it such an anomaly? Alcohol doesn’t freeze and wine doesn’t mix with milk. Or so the world thought…
Mercer’s wine ice cream comes in six different and equally delicious varieties:
Cherry Merlot: Premium ice cream with Bordeaux cherries blended with a Merlot wine recognized for its plum and black cherry undertones.
Chocolate Cabernet: Premium chocolate ice cream with bits of bittersweet chocolate blended with a Cabernet wine filled with dried cherry & cassis notes
Peach White Zinfandel: Premium ice cream with fresh peaches blended with a White Zinfandel wine distinguished for its fruity undertones and pleasant finish.
Port: Premium ice cream blended with an award-winning Ruby Port wine appreciated for its rich, heavily-bodied flavor.
Red Raspberry Chardonnay: Premium ice cream blended with raspberry sauce and a Chardonnay wine known for its delicate vanilla nose and buttery smooth taste.
Riesling: Premium ice cream blended with a Riesling wine prized for its fruity, crisp refreshing quality.
Calorie count: well, who cares?…but for the record, 200-300 calories per half cup (depending on variety).
For the present assignment, I “field” tested each variety myself (a few times, just to be sure…) and I’m happy to report that although each variety has a distinctive character, they are all equally delicious and most entertaining! Much like enjoying a fine glass of wine, this frozen treat marvels your senses with, at first, a cold rich dairy sensation, without numbing your palate. The distinctive wine flavors and aromas then ensue to caress your olfactory apparatus (nose) until the rich concoction smoothly slides down your throat.
Where can it be found? I am completing a comprehensive list as we speak- drop me a line.
What an exquisite invention!