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Wine Poached Berry Trifle (Fresh Flavors May '14)


  • 2 c. sauvignon blanc
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 4 c. seasonal berries, such as strawberries and/or blueberries
  • 1 whole vanilla bean
  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 1/3 c. ricotta cheese
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla rxtract
  • 1 pkg. shortbread cookies, gently crushed


In a large sauce pot, bring wine and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and add berries. Allow mixture to bubble slowly for 10 minutes until the berries begin to absorb the liquid.  Remove pan from heat and allow to cool.

While berries cool make the cheese mixture.  Slice vanilla bean lengthwise using a paring knife. Open the pod and use the knife to scrape out all of the seeds.   Place seeds in a medium bowl and discard pod or set aside for later use.*

Add mascarpone, ricotta cheese, honey, and vanilla extract to the bowl and whip until well combined.  Using 4 wine glasses or small glass desert bowls, place 1/4 of the crushed shortbread cookies in the bottom of each. Next, layer approximately 1/4 of the cheese mixture and 1/4 of the berry mixture, ending with a sprinkling of the crushed cookies in each. Allow trifles to chill in refrigerator at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.

*TIP - Don’t throw away the empty vanilla pod. Toss the bean in an airtight container with 2 cups of sugar. In roughly 1 week you will have delicious, vanilla infused sugar. Use anywhere you would normally use sugar for a delicious vanilla flavor!


This dessert pairs perfectly with a glass of Starborough Sauvignon Blanc or Carnivor Cabernet.



We really enjoyed this dessert. Easy prep, great tasting and beautiful presentation.

-Dave & Gaila, on 9/21/14

Very Refreshing

I found this dessert to be very refreshing, a combination of several tastes combining for a something different experience that is easy and fun to make.

-Mike, on 6/23/14

toooooo gooooood

I want to make it again as I didn't allow my berries to thicken up so my husband said it was dry. Either way it is so good and nice to make ahead. thank you. I enjoy the videos to show me how too's.

-dolores, on 5/25/14

Really Easy and Elegant Dessert Fit for Company

This was a hit at my last dinner party. Everyone seemed to really like it. Definitely a pretty dessert you don't feel "too bad" about eating (hey, there's fruit in there!), and, I loved that I could make it ahead of time.

-Jenni, on 5/22/14

Perfect Summer Dessert!

Easy to make and delicious mix of of fresh fruit, sweet cheese and wine - the perfect dessert with a nice presentation to make you drool!!

-Chuck, on 5/12/14

Easy to prep ahead


-Nancy, on 5/10/14

The recipe is easy to follow,looking forward to making it

Strawberries amd Blueberries are my favorite , I also think maybe Blackberries would be good too.

-daisy, on 5/8/14

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