Bring Your DIY Wine & Dine Event to a Sweet Ending

Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a friend who makes fantastic desserts like our friend Liz Shumpes (lizskitchen.wordpress.com). (Always invite that friend to dinner!) Or, perhaps there’s an independently-owned specialty bakery nearby with mouth-watering, made fresh daily treats. If neither of these options is available, we turn to the all-around favorite: super premium vanilla ice cream.

Super premium ice cream, according to the International Dairy Foods Association,  “tends to have very low overrun and high fat content, and the manufacturer uses the best quality ingredients.” (Overrun is the amount of air in the product. Overrun has no flavor!) The quality of your outcome is dependent on the quality of your input. Start with great ice cream, then add simple things like fresh baked pound cake or brownies, French butter cookies, toasted coconut, chocolate shavings or fresh fruit.

Can’t Get Enough

Here’s where we have some fun with fresh fruit options. The first one is any combination of berries macerated in Pedro Ximenez (PX) sherry. Cover the berries in a quick 20 minute PX bath to create magic. Spoon the mixture over the vanilla ice cream.  Simple pleasures!

The next option is our Margarita Fruit Compote. We never have leftovers of this compote. Make extra.

Our third option, the Triple B Reduction, will have your guests singing Barry White’s famous song “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe.” Just like the deep, rich notes of Barry White’s voice, the deep, dark balsamic and berries reduction will become a classic in your repertoire. Serve over chocolate cake or brownies, ice cream and fresh berries.

Cheers!

Suggested Wines:

CHAMPAGNE & SPARKLING

Domestic
Look for Methode Champenoise or Traditional Method stated on the label. Another option is Pét-Nat (pétillant naturel) wine, produced in the artisanale or rurale style.
Imported
France: Champagne, Cremant
Germany: Sekt
Italy: Asti, Prosecco
Spain: Cava

AROMATIC SWEET and SEMI-SWEET WHITE

Domestic
Texas: Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer
West Coast: Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc
Imported
Germany: Riesling, Gewürztraminer
France: Vouvray, Alsace Pinot Gris or Pinot Blanc
Italy: Pinot Grigio, Gargenega, Moscato
Portugal: Madeira
Spain: Cream Sherry

DESSERT WINES (WHITES or REDS)

Domestic
Late Harvest Riesling
Imported
France: Sauternes, Barsac, Cadillac, Monbazillac
Germany: Ice wines, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese Riesling
Hungary: Tokaji
Italy: Vino Santo
Spain: Cream Sherry, Port, Pedro Ximenez (PX)

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