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5 Icy Wine Treats for the Hottest Summer Days

The dog days of summer are upon us now! If you find yourself relating a lot more to your Golden Retriever these days—passing out on the cold kitchen floor, jumping spontaneously into water fountains, chewing ice cubes like there’s no tomorrow—you may need a chilly escape. Before you pack that picnic basket for the beach, throw together something icy, fun, yet totally “grown up.” These icy wine treats are a snap to make. Plus, they’ll shine with a splash of your favorite leftover Paso Robles wine!

1. Savory Blueberry Cabernet Cheesecake Popsicles

Not often does every word of a recipe sound delicious on its own. Bright blueberries, luscious cab and tangy cheesecake areswirled together to create a trifecta of decadent deliciousness. A little Cab left over from that Friday night dinner party? Looks like you’re on the path to a delicious Saturday night dessert. Click here for the recipe.

Dubost Buy the WineYour Secret Ingredient:
Velvety Dubost Ranch 2011 Cabernet Sauvignonaged in small format barrels and blended with 10 percent Syrah.
Go bold or go home, right?

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2. Crunchy Chardonnay Granita

Never has a third of a bottle of Chardonnay reached for such greatness. Cool
flecks of ice meet a full-bodied chardonnay and sweet, crisp apple. This treat truly is candy for the adults among us…plus, it’s so darn easy to make, you’ll want to bring a few over to your neighbors. It’s time to grab a big, floppy hat, the latest issue of Cook’s Illustrated, and a spoon (best eaten while your feet are submerged in sun dappled lake or pool water). Click here for the recipe.

Tooth and Nail buy the wineYour secret ingredient:
Tooth and Nail Winery
 2014 Amor Fati Chardonnaywhich boasts a super silky mouthfeel and rich, luxurious flavor. Full bodied? Oh yeah.

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3. Fruity Viognier Sorbet

Handfuls of juicy strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries mixed with irresistible tropical mango and pineapple come together to create a smooth, icy treat that simply cannot be beat. Although any white wine will do, I say go for something subtle with similar tropical notes, like a viognier, so that the gorgeous fruit has a chance to shine through. After all, it’s only berry season once a year. My motto on leftover wine and berries is interchangeable: “Make the most of it!” Click here for the recipe.

4. Zinfandel Sangria with Zinfandel Ice Cubes

You’ve probably heard that it’s a sin to plop ice cubs into your wine. This is true (your wine will be watery in no time)! However, wine ice cubes—basically, frozen wine—are amazing in a range of drinks, including everyone’s favorite party-starter: Sangria! Try this recipe with a tweak: Freeze a
batch of zippy Zinfandel the night before, so as the day heats up, your sangria will only intensity in flavor. Warning: Always use the same wine for ice cubes and in your sangria. Creativity is the spice of life, but you can go too overboard. Click here for the recipe.

Hammersky buy the wineYour secret ingredient:
Spicy, punchy estate grown HammerSky Vineyards 2013 Zinfandel, which showcases the best sunny Paso Robles terroir has to offer.

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5. Muscato Ice Cream Sandwich

This dessert will wow your friends and family…I mean, even Martha Stewart couldn’t have thunk this one up! Ah, but does it sound like a lot of work? If you’ve got an ice cream maker, some whole milk, cream, vanilla extract, and sugar, you are well on your way. Add in ¾ cup of a fruity, flirty Muscato and your dessert is elevated from summer camp to soiree. Click here for the recipe.

Your secret ingredient:Opolo buy the wine
Opolo Vineyards Flirtations Muscat Cannelli, which is all round fruitiness, sweetness, and summer fun packed conveniently in a pink-capped bottle.

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This blog was written by Hayley Thomas, food and wine writer for New Times and You can reach her at [email protected] or follow her on Instagram @flavorslo.


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