I love wine slushies, but my husband isn’t such a fan. Most of the time they are too sweet for him, and he’d rather just have a glass of red. So for Father’s Day, I wanted to create a slushy that wasn’t too sweet, and where the wine would really shine. I came up with this Petit Verdot blackberry wine slushy, and he loves it! There is only one added teaspoon of sugar, so the flavor of the wine comes through. If you are looking for a wine slushy Dad will love, look no further.
Petit Verdot was traditionally used as a blending grape in Bordeaux
Because Petit Verdot thrives in a warm climate and it’s relatively cool in Bordeaux, the grapes never fully ripen by harvest. This leads to green grapes with bitter flavors. Petit Verdot translates to “little green one” hence the name. Once Bordeaux wine became popular in other parts of the world, winemakers discovered this variety loves the heat and can create dark and delicious single varietal wines. Now you can find single varietal Petit Verdot from Washington, Australia, Spain, and other warm climates.
Use any red wine for a wine slushy
The best thing about making a wine slushy is that you can use the wine you like to drink. I used Petit Verdot this time because both my husband and I enjoy it. With this wine slushy, I wanted to taste more of the wine and less of the fruit, so I used a quality wine, Saviah Cellars Petit Verdot (Walla Walla.) If you want a sweeter wine slushy with a fruitier flavor, you can use a less expensive wine and add more fruit and sugar. Pick fruits in season and use fresh or use frozen to make slushies any time of year. I tend to use more black fruits like blackberries and blueberries in red wine slushies and more red fruits like strawberries and raspberries in white wine slushies. Pick fresh herbs (from your wine herb garden) for garnish. This time I chose chocolate mint, but thyme or rosemary would be fun too. But play around and use whatever you like!
If you like this recipe, try out my Strawberry Vanilla Frozé wine slushy recipe. It’s fruitier and perfect for hot summer days on the boat or backyard.
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