Bordeaux Strawberries


In Bordeaux, where châteaus and vineyards abound, a typical dessert is fresh straw­berries sliced into a red wine glass and then topped with a great Bordeaux. Here, that regional tradition is adapted to make it more dessert-like. If you’re pressed for time, do as the Bordelais do—quick and easy.



  • Sauce:
  • 2 cups richly flavored red wine (such as Bordeaux)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minute tapioca
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Berries:
  • 1 pound ripe strawberries, hulled
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare sauce, combine wine, 2 tablespoons sugar, and tapioca in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook 7 minutes or until tapioca dissolves and mixture is slightly thickened, stirring frequently with a whisk. Remove from heat; stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Pour mixture into a small bowl set into a large bowl of ice water; cool to room temperature.

Step 2

To prepare berries, combine berries, 3 tablespoons sugar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla in a bowl; let stand 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 3

Divide berry mixture among 4 red wine glasses. Pour sauce over berries.

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