Homemade Bianco with Icy Grapes

Bianco with Icy Grapes If you like white wine and herbs (as much as I do) make this homemade Bianco with icy grapes. The fresh herbs lend a woodsy flavour to the wine, not unlike Retsina; a delicious dry and earthy Greek wine. I used Howling Bluff’s Sauvignon Blanc, a great BC wine that does equally well on its own. The recipe is this easy: stuff a sprig of mint, a sprig of rosemary, and a big strip of lemon peel into a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Double for two bottles, which I recommend. Refrigerate overnight and pour over frozen grapes to serve. The frozen grapes keep the wine nice and chilled — perfect if you’re in the middle of a heat wave. Cheers! -bvox

Homemade Bianco with Icy Grapes
Source: Fine Cooking

  • 1 lb. grapes, preferably a large, seedless variety such as Red Globe, plucked from the stems
  • 2 3-inch sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 3-inch sprigs fresh mint
  • 2 bottles (750ml each) Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2 3-inch strips lemon zest (pared with a vegetable peeler)

Rinse the grapes and pat them dry. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and freeze until solid, several hours before guests arrive or overnight.

Rinse the herbs well. Open the wine bottles, stuff 1 sprig each of rosemary and mint and a strip of lemon zest into each bottle, recork, and refrigerate for 6 hours, or overnight.

To serve, set out glasses, put 3 to 5 frozen grapes (depending on size) in each glass, and pour in the chilled bianco.

Bianco

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One thought on “Homemade Bianco with Icy Grapes

  1. Steph McVox June 30, 2015 at 5:38 pm Reply

    Hello Bianco, Calgary is in a heat-wave!

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