Last month, I posted about wine ice cream made by Mercer's Dairy in New York. I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to taste several of their flavors. Thus, here are my thoughts of the ice cream. Did it live up to my expectations?
I was able to taste their Red Raspberry Chardonnay, Royal White Riesling, Ala Port and Peach White Zinfandel. They also have a Cherry Merlot but I did not taste that flavor. I shared the ice cream with a group of my wine buddies as well as some family members. About a dozen people in all. Basically, everyone shared similar thoughts about the ice cream. And those impressions were very positive.
From smell alone, you can tell that these ice creams have actual wine in them. It is obvious as well in the taste. This is more than just a wine flavor. Texture wise, all of the ice creams were very creamy and seemed high quality.
The general favorite was the Ala Port. A somewhat purplish color, it had strong fruit flavors though without that bitterness that you can get in a young port. It was very tasty. The Red Raspberry Chardonnay was more pink in color. It too had strong fruit flavors and was very good. The Peach White Zinfandel was very interesting and contained actual pieces of peach. Another delicious ice cream. In all three of these ice creams, the wine made a good pairing with the creamy ice cream. The wine did not overpower the ice cream. I think serving these ice creams with some fresh fruit would make an excellent dessert.
The Royal White Riesling was the only ice cream that did not do so well. The problem is that the taste was too mild. It lacked any flavor depth. It needed something to enhance its flavor, such as maybe more vanilla. It did not taste bad, it just needed a stronger flavor.
Mercer has created an excellent product. I would heartily recommend their wine ice cream. My friends and family would recommend it as well.
Unfortunately, the wine ice cream is not currently available in Massachusetts though Mercer is working on the licenses for such. Sounds like a good potential opportunity for some local wine stores to stock this wine ice cream when available.
Unitl then, you can mail order these products from Mercer. A pint only costs $5. I think that is a reasonable price for a top quality ice cream. So, give Mercer a call and order some wine ice cream!
Phone: (315) 942-2611