Red Wine Bathed Peaches with Peach Sorbet

The heady flavors of red wine, sugar and vanilla bean cooked down to a thin syrup then poured over fresh juicy peach slices and refrigerated until very cold. A perfect light dessert topped with purchased peach sorbet and garnished with fresh raspberries. A dessert that can be made not only in the summer when fruits are at their peak, but if there’s no fruit available in the dead of winter, reduce the syrup a bit more and serve it over ice cream. White wine can be used instead of the red wine, if desired.

Red Wine Bath with Peaches

Serves 4-6

4 cups red or white wine

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 vanilla bean

4 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced

Store bought peach sorbet 

Fresh raspberries for garnish

In a large saucepan, combine the wine with the sugar, and the vanilla bean. Slowly bring the wine to a boil, taking care that it does not catch on fire as alcohol sometimes does. If so, let the flames die down. Continue to cook until wine is reduced by half. This make take twenty minutes or so. Taste and if you need more sugar, add it now, stirring to dissolve.

Put the prepared peaches in a bowl and pour the wine over it. Cover and refrigerate until very cold. The mixture will be very dark. Serve the peaches and wine syrup over the peach sorbet and garnish with fresh raspberries. Recipe adapted from Pure Dessert by Alice Medrich.

This is my contribution to Peaches hosted by Susan ofThe Well-Seasoned Cook, an event created by Priya of Mharo Rajasthan’s RecipesVeggie/Fruit a Month is a long running event created by Priya designed to showcase the benefits of fruits and vegetables in ones diet. Next month, a vegetable will be chosen for the event.


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  1. Kalinda
    September 4, 2011 / 11:59 am

    This sounds divine. The color is just gorgeous. I really like the post image.

  2. Susan
    September 4, 2011 / 5:45 pm

    Such an elegant presentation, Lynne. It looks like a table setting for an anniversary. Love the peach-on-peach recipe.Thanks for joining in VFAM – Peaches.

  3. Lynne
    September 5, 2011 / 11:15 am

    Thanks Kalinda and Susan

  4. Dacey
    September 8, 2011 / 5:26 am

    It looks delicious.I am fond of ice cream and adding red wine in it makes it more delightful since it gives a unique taste to it

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