Peak Season Picks

Peak Season Picks
Berries!

What is the best variety of berries to purchase during the summer months? In California you can get delicious blackberries, blueberries, elderberries, boysenberries, loganberries, raspberries, strawberries and olallieberries. There are many great variations and hybrids to choose from and all are delicious and healthy!
How do I freeze berries? Place the berries in a colander and dip them in cold water. This prevents them from crushing under the pressure of a faucet. Lay the berries out in a single layer and pat them dry with a paper towel. When you put the berries in the freezer lay them flat and make sure to pre-label the bags with what type of berry, amount, and date.
What are the best ways to add berries to a daily diet? Berries are delicious in a variety of foods. Try adding them to yogurt, top cereal or oatmeal with berries, use them as a sauce on an entrée, try them in salads, mix them in a shake or just grab a handful and enjoy!
What are the health benefits of berries? Berries are loaded with antioxidants, they are a great source of fiber and are good for heart and bone health. For total body benefits eat a variety of berries on a daily basis.

 
Pair it with these!
Beringer Main & Vine White Zinfandel Fresh red berry, citrus and melon flavors accented by subtle hints of stone fruit and violets.
Strawberry Shortcake Kebabs with White Zinfandel Drizzle 6 shortcake shells (1 6.5 oz. package)
24 strawberries, rinsed, with tops removed
24 bamboo skewers
16 oz. vanilla or cream cheese cake frosting
3 Tbs. Main & Vine White Zinfandel, plus extra as needed  
Cut shortcake shells into quarters, for a total of 24 pieces. Thread 1 shortcake quarter onto a skewer, followed by 1 strawberry, and place on a foil-lined sheet or cooling rack. Repeat for remaining 23 skewers. Spoon frosting into a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on high for 15 seconds. Whisk in White Zinfandel 1Tbsp. at a time until a smooth consistency is reached. Add more if thinner consistency is desired. Drizzle the skewers with the frosting – drizzle icing off the tip of a spoon or tines of a fork. For more control, spoon frosting into a resalable plastic bag. Snip off a small portion from one of the lower corners and drizzle icing through the opening in the bag.

Why it pairs perfectly Our signature varietal has a sweetness that is perfect for bringing the berry dessert to life.

 

 

 

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