Mercer's Dairy, in Boonville, NY, makes all sorts of dairy products. They began making ice cream in 1952. They currently produce 36 flavors of ice cream, 8 flavors of yogurt, 4 flavors of sherbet, raspberry sorbet, and 3 flavors of fat-free, no-sugar-added ice cream. As well as wine ice cream.
They produce true wine ice cream and not just wine-flavored ice cream. Their formula is a trade secret. Their current flavors include Red Raspberry Chardonnay, Royal White Riesling, Ala Port and Peach White Zinfandel. They are developing additional flavors as well. Wine from New York state wineries is used to make the ice cream. As the ice cream actually has 5% alcohol, you must be 21 years of age or older to purchase it. A pint generally sell for $7-$12.
The wine ice cream currently is only available in limited areas, and not yet in Massachusetts. Mercer's though is seeking, or already has, licenses to sell their product in about 20 states. Some restaurants, in certain areas, now serve the ice cream. Certain grocery stores and wineries in New York, New Jersey and Missouri also sell the ice cream. It can also be ordered from the Ice Cream Cellar though they may only deliver in NY. Frost on the Vine is also a distributor for the wine ice cream in Missouri.
The wine ice cream won "Best New Product" at the Great American Dessert Expo in June 2007.
The idea certainly is intriguing. I have not had any of the ice cream so I can't say if it is any good. But I certainly would love to give it a try. Maybe the next time I travel to New York I will seek it out. If any of my readers have tried it, please tell give me your thoughts.
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