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MarkG Jul 5, 2007 05:32 PM

chardonnay and pinot noir flavored popsicles

cute?? shrewd?? stupid??

  1. HillJ Jul 11, 2007 04:22 PM

    The varieties we've had were purchased at a wine cellar in NJ, in the frozen section of our local Whole Foods and at a vineyard. In all cases delicious, clearly marketed to adults and we did not feel the booze effect, just a refreshing light frozen dessert.

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      jenn Jul 10, 2007 05:52 PM

      Scoops in LA makes a great Guiness ice cream. And a few weeks ago, the owner went through a wine sorbet stage--chardonney peach, pinot noir something etc.

      I liked the guiness ice cream pretty well. I also liked the chardoney peach but found with the wine sorbets, it was more like tasting the essence or undertones of the wine, not the actual wine. You know how people describe something as blackberry tones--well like that but definitely wine.

      Better than guiness and wine are things like Vanilla whiskey or mojito or rum raisin...Scoops had those for a while and they were very very tasty..mmmmmmm.

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        nathanac Jul 10, 2007 04:28 PM

        I don't understand the big deal either. I've made a champagne sorbet for just about as long as I can remember. And then there is pears poached in wine. Oh yeah, as a kid I always ate rum cake so strong that it gave me a slight buzz. I turned out okay (I think!? lol). Alcohol has long been a desert.

        1. pikawicca Jul 6, 2007 02:24 PM

          Surely the store is not placing them alongside the regular frozen treats, but in a special freezer where alcohol is displayed!?

          1. Eat_Nopal Jul 6, 2007 02:23 PM

            I am surprised it is newish in New York... I've seen all kinds of wine based desserts like ice cream, sorbets, gelatines etc., and several countries since I can remember.

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            1. re: Eat_Nopal
              Ruth Lafler Jul 7, 2007 05:42 PM

              I think the point is not that it's a wine-based dessert -- I agree, those are pretty common. I think the point is that it's a POPSICLE, which is usually thought of as (1) being a kiddie snack, (2) being simple and ungourmet. Also, popsicles traditionally don't have any ingredients except for the flavored liquid itself -- although I've had delicious wine ice creams and sorbets, I'm not sure licking a popsicle made out of pinot noir would be appealing.

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              Loren3 Jul 6, 2007 02:18 PM

              Sauvie slurpies - slurpy drinks made from sauvignon blanc are insanely popular at the Wine Festival Marlborough in New Zealand. I would have had one but they had sold out in less than two hours.

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                Panini Guy Jul 6, 2007 12:54 PM

                Had a "barolo" gelato in Rome two weeks ago at San Crispino. It tasted of a decent barolo and was actually quite refreshing.

                I paired it with a scoop of bergamot for some extra tang.

                Somewhere in there is a new sangria recipe...

                1. orangewasabi Jul 6, 2007 10:53 AM

                  did you get carded to purchase them, like you would alcholic bevvies?

                  if not, I am assuming the alcohol content is lower than the 'cooking wine' sold in the spice aisle. And if so, it's no different than allowing clear alcohols that pass as 'water' to be sold.

                  in either case, parents beware of either fraudulent ID use or drinking along with the myriad other issues that keep em up at night.

                  1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jul 6, 2007 04:51 AM

                    As I'm completely hooked on the strawberry-champagne granita that a local gelateria makes, I'd have to say it's a fairly clever idea. You'd be sick from any sugar content before you could get drunk off the booze (if the alcohol content is too high they'll never freeze), but it would certainly be a novel dessert for a classy BBQ dinner party.

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                    1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
                      Covert Ops Jul 6, 2007 10:02 AM

                      Agreed. Cones in the West Village made an awesome Dom Perignon lemon sorbet. . .

                    2. JasmineG Jul 6, 2007 12:25 AM

                      I've had cabernet gelato a number of times, and it's great. I'd try them!

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                        foodstorm Jul 5, 2007 11:13 PM

                        Ick, this sounds nasty to me, but to those brave CHs out there who are willing to give it a go, report back please and let us know how many 'sicles you had to eat before you got sheetfaced.

                        1. brekkie_fan Jul 5, 2007 08:56 PM

                          that is so wrong it's right.

                          1. KaimukiMan Jul 5, 2007 07:45 PM

                            whats so strange, champagne jello and gelatto have been around for a while now. this way you can have your wine iced without diluting it! i think for a corn dog i'd opt for a pinot gris - it has that extra zip to it to cut thru the breading on the corn dog.

                            all kidding aside, lots of people were offended when gallo first brought out the bartles and james wine coolers back in the 70's. Yet they managed to train a whole generation to begin to appreicate wine. ah yes, popsicles, the new gateway drug......

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                            1. re: abowes
                              S U Jul 6, 2007 10:24 AM

                              ooo... i kno this might be slightly off topic, but I could totally go for a wine cooler slushee right now... a 16 oz berry "slushee" from a stand @ the fair or park in the afternoon heat, w/ a couple of dribbles down the side for stickiness effect...

                              aah... perfect mini vacation moment away from the screaming kiddies.

                            2. Veggo Jul 5, 2007 07:01 PM

                              This begs a question that surely our erudite SF hounds can answer concerning this "food-on-a-stick" topic: What type of wine popsicle pairs best with a corn dog?

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                                Sam Fujisaka Jul 5, 2007 07:19 PM

                                Its so nice to have things to look forward to. My next LAX Holiday Inn stopover from Colombia to Asia; the gas station down below--two pinot popsicles, couple of corn dogs and "cheeseburgers" with all the "sides", pint of Jim Beam, American TV...gasp, pant!

                              2. jfood Jul 5, 2007 06:28 PM

                                hopefully they have NO alcohol.

                                if yes then it's truly stupid and another thing for parents of teenagers to worry about.

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                                1. re: jfood
                                  Gio Jul 5, 2007 06:43 PM

                                  Wouldn't the alcohol have to be removed before the popsicle could freeze?

                                  1. re: Gio
                                    LNG212 Jul 5, 2007 06:52 PM

                                    i guess it can freeze: the wine cellar sorbets website says that it "may contain alcohol up to 5% by volume". and they specify that they can only be sold to those over 21. though i have no idea if that's enforced.

                                    1. re: LNG212
                                      jfood Jul 5, 2007 06:59 PM

                                      TOTALLY STUPID

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                                        starlady Jul 5, 2007 11:01 PM


                                        1. re: bubbles4me
                                          orangewasabi Jul 6, 2007 10:51 AM

                                          that icecube idea is brilliant -- freezing wine for later use in sauces, sure, we all know that one. But avoiding the watering down of whites, that's just genius.

                                    2. re: Gio
                                      Will Owen Jul 6, 2007 11:20 AM

                                      My best recipe for fruit sorbets calls for a tablespoon of vodka for every three cups of sweetened fruit purée. The purpose of it is to slow the freezing process, thus making the sorbet finer-textured with no gritty ice crystals.

                                  2. LNG212 Jul 5, 2007 06:00 PM

                                    Vintage New York has been selling wine sorbet for a while now. The ones they have are from someplace called Wine Cellar Sorbets (www.winecellarsorbets.com ). They are really good.

                                    1. Cheese Boy Jul 5, 2007 05:55 PM

                                      Ice Cream: http://glacedevino.com/OrderWineIceCr...

                                      There's a market for *everything* .

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                                        Fog City Kid Jul 5, 2007 05:48 PM

                                        When they have Guiness flavored ones, I'll buy...

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                                        1. re: Fog City Kid
                                          stolenchange Jul 5, 2007 06:15 PM

                                          There's a Black and Tan Ben and Jerrys flavor on the market but i haven't tried it yet...

                                          1. re: stolenchange
                                            Quine Jul 5, 2007 07:04 PM

                                            It's pretty good. :) And I don't even like ice cream.

                                            1. re: Quine
                                              soupkitten Jul 5, 2007 08:38 PM

                                              i thought that wasn't going to make it to stores because of the reaction in ireland.

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                                                Quine Jul 5, 2007 08:46 PM

                                                No idea re Ireland, bought and ate it in NJ and NYC.

                                            2. re: stolenchange
                                              hammerhead Jul 7, 2007 05:45 PM

                                              There's no beer in it, just malt.

                                            3. re: Fog City Kid
                                              LorencesKitchen Jul 5, 2007 08:35 PM

                                              Denise's Ice Cream (http://www.denisesicecream.com/) here in Columbus, Ohio, makes a wonderful Guiness Ice Cream. BTW, if you're in Columbus, you're in Ice Cream Mecca...we have Graeter's (http://www.graeters.com/), Handel's (http://www.handelsicecream.com/), Denise's, Jeni's (http://www.jenisicecreams.com/), Ben And Jerry's (http://www.benjerry.com/), Haagen-Dazs (http://www.haagen-dazs.com/), Cold Stone Creamery (http://www.coldstonecreamery.com/), Johnson's (http://www.johnsonsrealicecream.com), Maggiemoos (http://www.maggiemoos.com), Mardi Gras, Hartzler Family Dairy (www.hartzlerfamilydairy.com), Velvet Ice Cream and Ye Olde Mill (www.velveticecream.com), and my personal favorite (besides Denise's), Young's Jersey Dairy (www.youngsdairy.com) where you can even pet the cows that make the milk that makes the ice cream...oh, and of course there's 22 Dairy Queens...
                                              and the latest addition, not far from my house, Sporano's Ice Cream and Gellato where I recently had Black Cherry Zinfandel gellato. Mmmmm, Ice Cream....

                                              1. re: Fog City Kid
                                                coll Jul 6, 2007 05:59 AM

                                                How about this?

                                                1. re: Fog City Kid
                                                  ktmoomau Jul 10, 2007 01:19 PM

                                                  A place called Rustico in the Northern Virginia/DC area has beer popsicles (hopefully still there now that I said this there was a big hub bub over it), they also have Guinness cupcakes. I don't know what beer the popsicle is made out of. Never had either, but just thought I would let you know.

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