Favorite Wine and Ice Cream Pairings for Fall

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favorite wine and ice cream pairingsSometimes you need to treat yourself and, in our opinion, ice cream and wine together are the most decadent way to celebrate. Don’t insult a fancy bottle of wine with just any ice cream! Pair it eloquently with a scoop of Harmony Valley Craft Ice Cream. Here are six of our favorite wine and ice cream pairings:

School’s Out Strawberry and Rosé

If your favorite color is pink, you’re in luck – rosé wines pairs perfectly with Harmony Valley School’s Out Strawberry! And while rosé may be a “summer wine,” we all know on the Central Coast, September is still summer! While red wine is made by fermenting grapes with the skins on, rosé wine is stained pink by fermenting the grapes with their skins on for only part of the process. Rosé has flavors like strawberry, honeydew, citrus and rose petal – an excellent pairing with the fruitiness of strawberry ice cream.

Harmony Chapel Chocolate and Port

When the weather does start to change, what goes better with chocolate than more chocolate? Pair port, a dessert wine with notes of chocolate, caramel and berries with Harmony Chapel Chocolate ice cream! Originally from Portugal, port was traditionally made by people stomping on grapes with their bare feet. These days, most wineries use machines with mechanical “feet” instead of manual laborers. Top Harmony Chapel Chocolate ice cream with fresh berries to bring out all of port’s flavorful notes.

Mayor Freddy’s Vanilla and Riesling

Vanilla is a blank canvas – it can pair with almost anything! However, our favorite wine to pair with Mayor Freddy’s Vanilla Bean ice cream is Riesling. Riesling, originally from Germany, contains flavors of lemon, lime, pineapple and apricots. Mayor Freddy’s Vanilla, with it’s sweet creamy flavor of Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans, is a perfect compliment to Riesling’s sweetness. Top your ice cream with ginger or cinnamon for a heavenly combination!

Blue Door Butter Pecan and Chardonnay

Chardonnay became one of the most popular wines in the world because it’s buttery flavor – pair it with a scoop of Blue Door Butter Pecan! Chardonnay is made with a method called malolactic fermentation – which gives the wine a “butteriness”. Less ripe Chardonnay will have flavors of lemon and apple. More ripe Chardonnay will have more tropical fruit flavors, like pineapple and mango. Both varieties are a perfect compliment to Blue Door Butter Pecan ice cream.

Local Yodelers Cookies ‘n Cream and Sauvignon Blanc

Pair Sauvignon Blanc with Local Yodeler’s Cookies ‘n Cream. Sauvignon Blanc is known for it’s bitter acidity and low amounts of sugar. It has herbal notes and is reminiscent of limes, apricots and peaches. It’s an excellent contrast to the velvety sweetness of  Local Yodeler’s Cookies ‘n Cream’s.

Doo Dah Mint ‘n Chip and Syrah

Syrah is the perfect match for Doo Dah Mint ‘n Chip ice cream! Syrah was brought by the French to Australia in the 1830’s – where they call it “Shiraz”. It’s one of the darkest red wines on the market and has flavors of berries, olive and pepper. It contains flavors of chocolate and mint – which make Doo Dah Mint ‘n Chip the perfect compliment. Syrah is also full of antioxidants – so you can feel a little less guilty about indulging.

Well, there you have it, now go out there and indulge!