Last night Katie and I were lucky enough to be invited to the Kress/Gibson/Nilla/Reese household for wine night and homemade Jeni's ice cream. Because Brittany was serving dessert, she decided it would be the perfect night to try out ice wine - and let us tell you, it tasted like fruit juice. It was so good it might be dangerous if it weren't so expensive to buy!
Apparently, making ice wine is more expensive than regular wine because wineries wait until the very end of the season to harvest the grapes when they are literally covered in ice. Because the grapes are so hard and cold, they produce less juice when squeezed therefore making a bottle takes more grapes than normal.
Treat number 2 for the night was homemade Jeni's ice cream, made from the Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home Cookbook, prepared with love by Brittany! It was a Christmas present from Joey, thank God for you Joey - IT WAS SO GOOD, like melt-in-your-mouth good. We had the choice of Dark Chocolate, Gouda with Vodka-Plumped Cranberries, Salty Caramel and Backyard Mint. Katie and I rated them as follows: Dark Chocolate, Salty Caramel, Backyard Mint, then Gouda with Vodka-Plumped Cranberries. Basically Dark Chocolate was an obvious first, and the other three were a tie for second.
First wine night was a success! And next time we have a craving for Jeni's ice cream, who needs it? You can find us at Brittany's!