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June 30, 2009

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Wine Jelly

Can you start the day eating wine jelly on bread, muffins and toast? Absolutely—but you probably should wait for lunch to have the corresponding glass of wine. Photography by Hannah Kaminsky| THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: A line of wine jelly made with excellent wine.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Wonderful wine flavor and delicious fruit: a winning combination.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Great flavor + low sugar = high happiness. Flexibility to use as a bread spread, a meat condiment, a tart topper and much more.

Colorado Mountain Jams & Jellies
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Varieties Of Red & Rosé Wine Jellies

Wine jelly is perhaps most famously used as an appetizer, on crackers with cream cheese (we like it with fresh goat cheese). But that’s just the beginning of a whole world of exciting serving suggestions that you’ll find below.

The wine jellies are made with Colorado wines, and from only three ingredients: wine, sugar and pectin.  The jellies are made in small batches, which captures the greatest possible concentration of flavor. Here, the flavors of the wine are retained in the jelly—it’s like enjoying the wine in a different form.

Cabernet Sauvignon Fine Wine Jelly
Cabernet Sauvignon Fine Wine Jelly is made with the wine of Spero Winery, a family owned and operated winery in Denver, Colorado. The wine itself has a fresh, fruity aroma and a sweet currant and blackberry profile with hints of cherry and spice. Here’s a jelly that is unmistakably Cab, yet sweet and gentle enough to enjoy on a croissant or over sorbet. Serving suggestions:

  • Breakfast: Serve with toast, croissants, crepes, jelly omelets.

Red Wine Jelly
Red wine jellies. From the top clockwise: Merlot  (Spero Winery), Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot (Grand River Vineyards), Vin Rosé.

  • Meats: Use in marinades, sauces, and glazes and as a condiment for all kinds of beef lamb, pork, duck, and stronger flavored game meats.
  • Condiment: Enjoy with meat and poultry, paté and cheese. Best cheese pairings: semi-soft cheeses such as Roquefort and Gorgonzola, firm cheeses such as Provolone and Romano and sharp aged cheeses such as Cheddar and mature Gouda.
  • Desserts: Serve over ice cream or sorbet; wine jelly sundaes may become a new favorite at your table. Cabernet wine jelly goes particularly well with chocolate. Use it as a condiment with other chocolate desserts.

Colorado Mountain Jams & Jellies makes two Merlot wine jellies, using merlot from different wineries.

Merlot Fine Wine Jelly 1
Merlot Fine Wine Jelly is made with the wine of Grande River Winery of Palisade, Colorado. The award-winning merlot is full-bodied, with raspberries and blackberries in the nose and a hint of chocolate on the palate. It is spicier and more assertive than the second Merlot wine jelly, and is perhaps our favorite of the red wine jellies because we like assertiveness in our food. Serving suggestions are the same as with the Cabernet Sauvignon Fine Wine Jelly.

Merlot Fine Wine Jelly 2
The second Merlot Fine Wine Jelly is made with the merlot of Spero Winery, which also provides the wine for the Cabernet Sauvignon Fine Wine Jelly. The merlot is very different in style from the Grande River Vineyards merlot, with earthy currant, mocha and wild berry aromas and flavor. The jelly, too, is softer; it would give less of a punch at breakfast than the Grande River Merlot wine jelly. Serving suggestions are the same as with the Cabernet Sauvignon Fine Wine Jelly.

Syrah Fine Wine Jelly
Syrah Fine Wine Jelly is made with the syrah from Grande River Vineyards, which also provides merlot for one of the merlot jellies. The award winning Syrah is a full-bodied red wine tasting with very black cherry notes and hints of tobacco, chocolate, cinnamon and mint. While you won’t find all of these nuances in the jelly (we got lots of fruit and hints of mint), we definitely got “Syrah.”Serving suggestions are the same as with the Cabernet Sauvignon Fine Wine Jelly. You can also use this very fruity jelly as a filling for a chocolate cake.

Vin Rosé Fine Wine Jelly
Vin Rosé Fine Wine Jelly is made with the Vin Rosé Wine of Garfield Estates Vineyard and Winery of Palisade, Colorado. It’s a crisp, dry, Provençal-style rosé and makes a beautiful, clear ruby-colored jelly which would be a surprise condiment to anyone thinking it a berry flavor. That being said, this jelly is for those people who like milder flavors—a kind of “introductory” wine jelly for those who think they might not like wine in their jelly. It’s good, but just as blush wine doesn’t pack the punch of a red wine, neither does the jelly. Serving suggestions:

  • Meat & Fish: Use in marinades, sauces, and glazes for veal, chicken, turkey and light fish.
  • Condiment: Serve with grilled chicken, light fish and sushi; with patés and with delicate fresh cheeses like chèvre and with soft cheeses such as Brie and Camembert.
  • Dessert: Serve as a dessert condiment (e.g., with pound cake) and over ice cream or sorbet.

See the white wine jellies the next page.


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