Written for VineAdvisor.com
I am very opinionated about this, but I have to say that ice-cream is one of man’s best creations ever. Of all the desserts and sweet treats, ice-cream is the only one that satiates your sweet tooth without making you feel too guilty about having some in moderation. I think we can also all agree that wine is another one of man’s best creations. So, what if the two came together?
People at Mercer’s Dairy, a booming and charming ice-cream shop in Boonville, New York, went ahead with an idea that is pretty much a game changer: wine ice cream. Unsurprisingly, this brilliant idea’s execution is very local, and their product has limited distribution, primarily in the eastern United States.
Mercer’s Dairy has been around a long time; in fact, they have been making remarkably delicious ice cream since the 1950s. In 2013, Roxaina Hurlburt bought Mercer’s Dairy after their great invention in 2006 –wine ice cream– which has not only made Mercer’s an entirely female-owned business (Yay!) but has yielded a lot more recognition for the firm nationwide.
While they have close to 30 traditional ice-cream flavors, they released 8 varietals of wine ice cream in 2006, which have become cult items that are sought after all around the continent. And we are not talking about ice-cream with a slight wine taste; all 8 flavors have 5% alcohol content, which means no ID, no ice-cream.
Why is it so in demand? It is not widely available. They have an order form online that you can fill out and email in. They also have distributors all over the United States, albeit mostly on the east coast. Unfortunately, if you are outside of the U.S., you are out of luck, even though I vehemently recommend that you try to find a pint of this heavenly treat when in the United States because it is easily one of the most unusual concoctions your taste buds will ever experience.
Here is the menu: Peach White Zinfandel, Cherry Merlot, Strawberry Sparkling, Chocolate Cabernet, Red Raspberry Chardonnay, Port, Riesling, and Spice.
I sincerely hope that this is merely the beginning of a taste with which we will all become familiar soon enough. Who knows? Maybe within a few years, there will be more stores that carry Mercer’s ice cream. One can cream, I mean dream.