Cherry Berry Sundae Sauce with Red Wine

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Happy first day of summer!

Summer is officially here. Yippee and yeehaw! Time for soaking up some sun, lazing about and escaping into a good read, sneaking in an afternoon nap, road trips, trips to the beach, berry picking, cookouts with yummy barbecue, fruity cocktails and fresh berry desserts with ice cream. And, my favorite…watching sunsets and listening to crickets chirping in the warm breezy evening air at day’s end. With a glass of wine, of course. It is also time to start making some great summer memories. Memories to cherish for a lifetime.

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And, it is finally time to share one of my favorite recipes…ever! Cherry Berry Sundae Sauce with Red Wine made with fresh blueberries and Bing cherries. It is so easy to make and whips together in just a few minutes. The largest chore is pitting the cherries. Duh. But, with this inexpensive gizmo (read: cherry pitter), your kitchen task is done in just a few minutes. (No, at this time I am not an Amazon.com affiliate. I just like to share information with my readers about my favorite and recommended kitchen gadgetry.)

Within one half hour, you will have made the most enchanting berry sundae sauce you have ever tasted! Magical, I tell you. No. Kidding. The hardest part is waiting for the sauce to cool enough to spoon over your favorite frozen treat—ice cream, coconut milk ice cream or froyo. In fact, this particular sundae sauce goes perfectly with frozen yogurt. It’s like a symphony. Make this sundae sauce the night before and all you need to do is warm it in the micro. Or not. Easy. Peasy.

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Why am I so enamored with this recipe? Well, it starts with a fabulous fruity red wine. This Italian red was chosen specifically for this sundae sauce. In fact, after learning about this wine, and using it to make my Sweet-Tart Cherry Cobbler (image below) last year, I will continue to reach for it with all my special “berry applications”. With fresh Bing cherries added, it sends this blueberry sundae sauce over-the-moon!

Sweet Tart Cherry Cobbler

Now, about the wine. Let me tell you, it was a stroke of sheer luck to find the perfect (and, I do mean perfect) red wine to use in baking with berries and cherries. The stars were aligned, to say the least. Actually, it is a good thing I read my Whole Foods Market emails!

Last year, Whole Foods featured Tormaresca Neprica (Italy), vintage 2011. To quote Whole Foods last spring, “…a truly top-notch wine at an easy-to-swallow price”. That’s fer shure.

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Neprica gets its name from the slightly untraditional blend of the negroamaro, primitivo and cabernet sauvignon grapes. I like untraditional, don’t you? So, I gave it a whirl in a tasting. I was blown away. How could a bottle of red wine priced just over $10 taste so fresh and lively and full of berries? And, the color? Oh, my! Ruby as ruby-red can be with a slight tinge of purple. Simply charming and a baker’s dream, really.

Tormaresco Neprica is the perfect addition for a berry cobbler or sauce. Although I had trusted Whole Foods in their assessment of this surprisingly fabulous Italian red, I conducted further research by reading several online reviews (to include one by Wine Enthusiast) before I made my purchase.

The reviews described the following flavor notes: “ripe fruit”, “loads of fruit”, “sweet red berries”, “ripe berry notes”, “layers of raspberry”, “black raspberry”, “plum and black cherry fruits”, “peppery red fruit”, “thick and succulent”, “herb”, “spice”, “light spicy notes”, “cassis”, “molasses” and “leather” as well as palate notes of “balanced”, “complex”, “fresh”, “juicy”, “rich” and “smooth and structured”. Whew! Pretty good for our berry sundae sauce application, eh?

Here are the tasting notes from the Tormaresca site:

Colour: Intense Ruby Red with violet hues.
Aroma: Red fruits, black-cherry with light violet notes.
Flavour: Soft, sapid (flavorful), balanced acidity, justly tannic.

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As I mentioned, after tasting this delightfully drinkable Italian red, I knew I had chosen the perfect wine pairing for my cobbler filling and sundae sauce. When you need “fruity berry notes” in a wine for baking, Tormaresca Neprica is what you need. It truly delivered what it promises. However, I must note that although I tasted and worked with Tormaresca Neprica, Vintage 2011, last year, I could only find the vintages of 2006 and 2009 locally as my Whole Foods did not currently have it in stock. But, do check with the wine expert at Whole Foods Market in your area (they are always so helpful and can order in items by the case with a nice discount if the item is available) or your local wine shop.

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Now, let’s talk about summer!

Some of my fondest recollections of summer surround vacations “up north” in Northern Michigan. There is no state like The Great Lakes State. Although I love Indiana, I miss the best part of Michigan—the beautiful lakeshores, especially Lake Michigan. Whenever I chat with peeps here in Indiana about growing up in Michigan, they all seem to think Michigan is some foreign land. Well, if it is a foreign land, then Northern Michigan during the summertime is a far-off fantasy land–for kids and adults alike. Northern Michigan is full of all sorts of wonderments summertime dreams are made of. It is truly God’s Country up there!

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Do you have fond summer memories? Of course you do! A favorite summer treat? Or, a favorite summer vacation spot? My favorite summer treats always revolve around berries and cherries. And, my favorite summer Michigan memories were visits to Sleeping Bear Dunes, Mackinac Island (in the Upper Peninsula) and Traverse City–Cherry Capital of the World! (Now you know why I adore cherries so much.) Kids especially love trips to Sleeping Bear Dunes. You climb and climb to reach the pinnacle to a site so breathtakingly beautiful—Lake Michigan in all her glory.

About Sleeping Bear Dunes…an excerpt from Wikipedia:

“According to the legend, an enormous forest fire on the western shore of Lake Michigan drove a mother bear and her two cubs into the lake for shelter, determined to reach the opposite shore. After many miles of swimming, the two cubs lagged behind. When the mother bear reached the shore, she waited on the top of a high bluff. The exhausted cubs drowned in the lake, but the mother bear stayed and waited in hopes that her cubs would finally appear. Impressed by the mother bear’s determination and faith, the Great Spirit created two islands (North and South Manitou Island) to commemorate the cubs, and the winds buried the sleeping bear under the sands of the dunes where she waits to this day.”

Legends like this tear me up. Sorry if you had to go grab some tissues. I am a hopeless romantic and can’t help but share heart-tugging stories like this. Once you know this story, then climb to the pinnacle of the dunes on a gorgeous summer day, to take in the absolutely breathtaking view of Lake Michigan, you will know there is a higher power—without a doubt. The view is truly awesome. The sun shines down onto the enormous blue-blue lake (looks like an ocean with only water on the horizon) and catches the waves to make it look like sparkling diamonds. Truly, an expression of God’s love for us. If you have never experienced Lake Michigan, I highly recommend you place it on your bucket list!

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What makes our Cherry Berry Sundae Sauce with Red Wine wicked good? Fresh blueberries and cherries. A divine Italian red wine bursting with fresh berry notes. The sauce is thickened just right to serve warmed, chilled or at room temperature over your favorite frozen treat. It has just the right amount of sweetness with organic light agave syrup to keep those sugar grams to a minimum. You know when a recipe is dang good when you cannot stop yourself from eating it by the spoon! Experiencing our Cherry Berry Sundae Sauce with Red Wine as a topper for your sundae is like tasting summer in a bowl. Yes, this sundae sauce is truly wicked good. Trust us here at Wicked Good Kitchen!

Do yourself, your family and guests a favor and make this to-die-for sundae sauce to serve over ice cream or frozen yogurt at your next summer gathering. It will surely be a hit. In fact, it would be simply divine served with slices of angel food cake or pound cake for an extra indulgence as well. Forks and spoons up!

And, once again…happy summer!

xoxo,

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Cherry Berry Sundae Sauce with Red Wine

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes 8 servings.

Cherry Berry Sundae Sauce with Red Wine

What makes our Cherry-Blueberry Sundae Sauce with Red Wine wicked good? Fresh blueberries and cherries. A divine Italian red wine bursting with fresh berry notes. Thickened just right to serve warmed or chilled over your favorite frozen treat. Just the right amount of sweetening with organic light agave syrup to keep those sugar grams to a minimum. You know when a recipe is so good when you cannot stop yourself from eating it by the spoon! Yes, this sundae sauce is wicked good. Trust us here at Wicked Good Kitchen!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (480 ml) fruity red wine, such as Tormaresca Neprica (Italy)
  • 3 cups (about 430 grams) fresh blueberries, sorted, rinsed & dried
  • ½ cup (168 grams) organic light agave nectar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, such as McCormick®
  • 2 cups (265 grams) fresh Bing cherries, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons (16 grams) tapioca starch (tapioca flour), such as Bob’s Red Mill®

Directions

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, bring wine, blueberries, agave nectar and cinnamon to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and carefully smash some of the blueberries with a fork to release their juices. Cover and simmer for 8 minutes.

Uncover saucepan. Carefully add cherries and stir. Cover saucepan and simmer an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together lemon juice and tapioca starch. Immediately, stir in tapioca mixture. Cook and stir until thickened, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to cool. Spoon warm sundae sauce over ice cream or frozen yogurt. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Recipe Source: WickedGoodKitchen.com

http://wickedgoodkitchen.com/cherry-berry-sundae-sauce-with-red-wine/

About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.

Comments

  1. A sundae with a red wine sauce? You are a brilliant woman.

  2. Stacy, this sundae looks heavenly! You can never have enough juicy berries in the summertime 🙂 I LOVE your blog btw! The design, the retro look of it.. even the pictures are beautiful and have that vintage quality. So adorable!

    • Thank you, Hayley! You have made my day by stopping by and seeing your cute avatar in my comments section! I adore your blog as well. I love that rebellious “throw caution to the wind” and “bake with wild abandon” vibe of your design and photography! Thanks again and happy first day of summer, girl! xo

  3. Oh Stacy! This reminds me of my favorite strawberries and balsamic reduction that I love to pour over ice cream. The colors of this dessert are GORGEOUS. And fruit + wine really does ring my bell…must try soon. xx

    • Thank you, girlfriend! I know you would love this cherry-blueberry sundae sauce over a good homemade ice cream. Happy first day of summer! xo

  4. This sounds so amazing! I’m pregnant at the moment, so boozy sundaes are out for me this summer 🙁 It’s on the list for next summer though! 🙂

    • Thank you, Jennifer! Happy first day of summer, to you! I hope you will feel well during the summer months. Yes, just pin this to a board you dedicate recipes to for when you are in the “free and clear”! xo

  5. Oh my goodness, this sundae looks absolutely amazing and sooo drool-worthy!! There isn’t anything that I don’t love about this 🙂 It definitely screams summer to me. Have a great first day of summer and enjoy your weekend Stacy!

  6. Maria | Pink Patisserie says:

    Ooh I love this! Red wine, cherries, berries and ice cream?? Sign me up!

  7. You mean now I can have two of my favorite things (cherries and red wine) in one silky, luscious sauce?! This is amazing, Stacy! What a wonderful recipe for topping summery treats, and maybe even pancakes, too. So creative and scrumptious. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

    • Thank you, Georgia! You are a real peach. It is always a fabulous day when I see your smiling face in my comments section! Yes indeed, m’lady. This cherry blueberry sauce is terrific on pancakes, waffles, French toast and especially Blueberry Bread Pudding (aka Blueberry Baked French Toast) for tasty breakfasts and brunches! Thanks again and happy first day of summer! xo

  8. I sound like an echo here, but as soon as I saw the post title, I thought “Sundae? Plus wine? Where have you been all my life?” Looks fantastic, Stacy! We both did “first day of summer” posts! Funny how the change of seasons reminds us of our favorite tastes and places. Michigan in the summer sounds beautiful. Thanks for this fabulous recipe! 🙂

    • Thank you, Anne! Promise me…you WILL try this sundae sauce this summer, okay? It is a must. I could not stop eating it (right from the pot with a spoon, but don’t tell anyone!). It is truly irresistible. I just saw your post pop up in my Bloglovin’ feed, so I’m headed on over to read your first day of summer post! xo

      • I ABSOLUTELY promise! I’m just going to make sure that there are other people around me so I don’t go TOO crazy. Or I’ll just make a day of it and watch some sappy rom-coms and eat a giant sundae all by myself, with extra sauce. I’ll blame it on female problems, or something. Another recipe to add to my cheat day list! Your cobbler is still happening on the 4th. 😉

        • Love it! “Cheat Day List.” I mentally keep track of those special “going off the rails on a crazy train” recipes (for that 10-20%), but now I have a better, shorter name for it!

  9. Oh lordee lady, this is KILLING ME! I am in love with that sauce.

  10. Dalila G. says:

    Happy summer indeed Stacy, this is one fabulous recipe, love it!!
    Cherries, blueberries and wine?? Yep….a great dessert!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you, Dalila! This Cherry Berry Sundae Sauce is truly summer in the ol’ dessert bowl and the wine just sends it over-the-moon in taste. Thanks for stopping by and happy summer!

  11. WANT! Red wine… in dessert? Yes, please. Looks amazing 🙂

    • Thank you, Lori! It is truly an amazing berry sundae sauce. The Tormaresca Neprica truly makes it divine! Thanks for stopping by, m’lady! xo

  12. Love this sauce!!! Great way to kick off summer!

    • Thank you, Katie! I agree with you…this summer berry sundae sauce is just the ticket to kick off summer. Thanks so much for stopping by! xo

  13. You had me at red wine! 😀 Now I need to get that cherry pitter so I can whip up a batch of this beautiful sauce!

  14. Oh my. This looks like a dangerous combo – and a definite match made in food heaven! Wow. Great idea, beautifully done post!

    • Thank you, Dan! You are such a sweetheart. It is always a fine day when I see your smiling face in my comments section! You need to try this berry sundae sauce, soon. xo

  15. This sundae looks divine, Stacy! I also love your beautiful photos of the cherries (:

    • Thank you, Caroline! I appreciate the compliments as I still have so much to learn about photography. Thanks for stopping by! xo

  16. OMG,such a yummy and beautiful post.*__*
    I really like your blog. Maybe follow each other on bloglovin?
    Let me know follow you then back.
    Lovely greets Nessa

    • Thank you, Vanessa! Appreciate the compliments and sure…let’s follow each others blogs at Bloglovin’. I am definitely over there! Thanks again for dropping by!

  17. I’ve made and loved cherry berry pie, but never made a cherry berry sundae – and it looks awesome! This sauce looks rich and fruity and perfect! Yum!

    • Thank you, Katie! Appreciate the compliment! And, yes…you really do need to make this Cherry Berry Sundae Sauce. It is out-of-this-world yummy! Thanks again for stopping by!

  18. Yum! What a great ice cream topper!

  19. I could look at these pictures all day!! SO pretty!

  20. Now this is my kinda dessert! Wine plus fruit plus sugar?! YES.

    Thanks for your kind words on my last post 🙂

  21. Wow, this looks amazing! so fresh and summery!! I love the idea of using wine in a dessert sauce! Your pictures are gorgeous

  22. The red wine is such an interesting flavor twist!

  23. Yes please!! We can have this any time of day!!! YUM! We are new followers. Looking forward to your posts. Hope you check out our blog.

    • Thank you, Mr. & Mrs. P! So glad you have found Wicked Good Kitchen. Of course! Will definitely check out your blog. I truly enjoy reading other food blogs–especially those who follow me. Thanks for dropping by today! xo

  24. I need to get my hands on a bottle of that wine! A little bit for my glass and a little bit for the sauce. 😉

    • Hahaha! Thank you, Sylvie! Tormaresco Neprica will delightfully surprise you. Perfect little Italian red to sip on during the summer…it’s berrylicious, crisp, fruity and light! xo

  25. Hello yumminess!! My mouth just filled up. This sounds amazing. I loooove the addition of wine…what an interesting flavor. Beautiful, Stacy!!

  26. I’m just as excited for summer as you are! And now you got me excited about this delicious cherry berry sundae…with red wine sauce??!?! Sounds awesome!

  27. Sooo – you’ve managed to combine red wine and ice cream in a way better manner than what I usually do – which is pouring my glass of red over ice cream. 🙂 This is an awesome recipe – super post and photos! Thanks!
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  28. Stacy, this sundae looks incredible. That sauce. Oh, that sauce looks so very good. Bright red and delicious.

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