I had a hankering for some ice cream today and I thought what flavour and/or toppings do I enjoy? I do love chocolate and anything with chocolate is wonderful, but there is something that is very simple, and simply wonderful to enjoy yourself, or with your friends to finish off a nice dinner.
What is it? French vanilla ice cream with Oculus Cherries. What are Oculus Cherries? We all know what cherries are, but maybe you do not know about Oculus.
Oculus is Mission Hill Family Estate’s signature Bordeaux-inspired red wine. John Simes the wine maker from Mission Hill in the Okanagan, BC has their premium grapes across their Okanagan vineyards handpicked, hand sorted and minimally handled in the best European fermenters and barrels. The 2006 vintage was the 10th year for their top level wine. The blend for the 2006 Oculus is 51% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot. A bottle of Oculus is around $90 a bottle.
A great wine with great aging potential. But you may not have $90 to buy a bottle of Oculus. But for a small amount of money, you can buy a jar of BC cherries preserved in Oculus wine. The sweetness of the cherries complement the fruit and tannins from the Oculus. It is decadent on it’s own, but even better on French Vanilla ice cream. You can buy Oculus cherries at the Mission Hill winery in West Kelowna, and at Artisan wine stores in the Vancouver lower mainland. There is one store that I go to in Burnaby at Metrotown shopping centre.
Give it a try for one of your Christmas party desserts. Cheers!