Wine Country Recipe: Red Wine-Raspberry Sorbet

June 20th, 2014

Red Wine Sorbet

There’s nothing better than a light, refreshing sorbet on a hot summer afternoon.  This sorbet is the best of both worlds; raspberries and your favorite Temecula Valley red wine!  Welcome to summer and enjoy!


1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 bottle (750 ml) fruity red wine, such as Merlot, Zinfandel or Beaujolais
3 cups raspberries


In a medium saucepan, bring the sugar, water and red wine to a boil and let boil for 1 minute, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Remove from heat and add the raspberries.  Cover and let steep for 1 hour.

To purée the berries and remove the seeds, using a rubber spatula, press the mixture through a mesh strainer set over a medium bowl or pass it through a food mill fitted with a fine disk into a medium bowl.  Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

Freeze in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Variation: For a lighter-tasting sorbet, use rosé in place of the red wine.

Tip: You can use frozen raspberries in this recipe.  There’s no need to thaw the berries before adding them to the warm wine.

Makes about 1 quart

Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Merlot or Zinfandel; or here are some additional pairing suggestions:

Longshadow Ranch Winery – Gorgeous and full of life with a fruit forward finish.
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa –  Blueberries and rose petals mingle with a rich chocolate, coffee earthiness that is warmed with French oak.
Wilson Creek Winery– Rich garnet red wine with earthy aromas of smoke,leather, spice and sweet pipe tobacco. Flavors of plum and spice play lightly on the palate.

Briar Rose Winery – Medium bodied wine with red fruit characters of blackberry, boysenberry and black cherry.
Foot Path Winery – This is not a dry Zin. It maintains about .5% residual sugar.
Wiens Family Cellars – Raspberry jam, red cherries and a hint of minerality

Recipe adapted from “Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes” by David Lebovitz
Photo credit: Maren Caruso


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