mercer’s wine ice cream giveaway!

by Amy on 14 June 2011

the giveaway is now closed + the winner has been selected using congratulations to shannon thompson! shannon, send your mailing address to + we’ll get your delicious winnings to you ASAP!

no, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. yes, it’s wine ice cream. no, not wine-flavored ice cream – this contains the real deal, + thus the ice creams are up to 5% alcohol. score!

when the folks at mercer’s dairy sent me their six types of wine ice cream, i couldn’t wait to try ’em. because they are wine-based, sampling them was done just like you’d do at a wine tasting – from lightest onwards – starting with the royal white riesling + finishing with the chocolate cabernet. after my first bite, i realized, whoa. these are going to be even better than i expected.

the riesling ice cream is so light + crisp, with just the right level of sweetness. the red raspberry chardonnay was a pleasant surprise. i’m not much of a chardonnay drinker because i find the oaky + buttery notes a bit much. however, the wine pairs wonderfully with the fruit, making for a creamy, rich ice cream. the peach white zinfandel was next – as i’ve never tried white zinfandel, i had no idea what to expect. it was lovely, with bright peach notes + a little zing from the wine. next up, cherry merlot. WHOA – absolutely amazing, with nice pieces of cherry + a creamy, decadent texture. onto the port ice cream, which was delicate, smooth + tasty. finally, the chocolate cabernet, which was heavenly – rich, complex + perfectly balanced. all in all, i was thrilled with the ice creams – they truly have achieved wonderful results with this brilliant pairing of wine + ice cream.

as if wine ice cream wasn’t enough, mercer’s is debuting a new line of sweets in july, the winewalkers™ – four different types of ice cream bars, sandwiches + cones. the one i’m the most excited about is, hands-down, the ice cream sandwich – chocolate cabernet ice cream with mini chocolate chips nestled between two chocolate wafers. uh, yes please!

the amazing folks at mercer’s have offered up a four-pint assortment to one lucky reader, containing one pint each of port ice cream, riesling ice cream, chocolate cabernet ice cream + peach white zinfandel.

how to enter the giveaway: (please leave a separate comment for each that you do).
you MUST be 21 or older to enter this giveaway.
1. mandatory entry: tell me which type of wine ice cream you’re most excited to try!
2. optional additional entry: ‘like’ fearless homemaker on facebook (or if you already do, leave a comment saying so).
3. optional additional entry: follow @amy_donovan on twitter + tweet the following: cheers! win a sampler pack of wine ice cream from @amy_donovan + Mercer’s Dairy at

the contest ends on sunday, june 19, 2011 at 5 PM CST. one winner will be selected randomly, emailed + has 48 hours to respond. if there is no response after 48 hours, another winner will be selected. contest open to residents with a shipping address within the 48 contiguous US states.

disclosure: i received a sample of mercer’s wine ice cream to facilitate my review. my review + opinions are solely my own, because that’s how the fearless homemaker rolls.

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{ 88 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mollie June 14, 2011 at 9:15 am

Chocolate Cabernet!

2 Jaclyn June 14, 2011 at 10:14 am

My taste buds scream for chocolate cabernet ice cream! Love this giveaway.

3 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots June 14, 2011 at 10:27 am

Yum! What an interesting concept. I would have never thought to make ice cream with wine. I’m curious to try the the red raspberry chardonnay. Mmm!

4 Laurel June 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I’m excited for the Peach Zin. All of Mercer’s ice creams are the best. I grew up near their scoop shop in Boonville and it was a treat to stop there. Plus they use local dairy farmers which is great.

5 Margaux June 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I agree with Molly…. chocolate cabernet sounds lovely!

6 margaux June 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I also like you on facebook! And, will throw a tweet out there :)

7 lindsey June 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm

the red raspberry chardonnay for sure! sounds like an amazing pairing.

8 lindsey June 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm

already follow you on twitter, and did tweet about the contest- sounds delish!

9 margaux June 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Tweetage accomplished.

10 Nick June 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Can I just pick all of the above? I guess my second choice, after six scoop binge is red raspberry chardonnay.

11 Chrissy June 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Peach is such a great summery flavor, so the peach/zin combo sounds heavenly!

12 Lesley June 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Ooh! Chocolate cabernet!

13 Lesley June 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I already “like” you on facebook!

14 Nick June 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I tweet that.

15 Lesley June 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm
16 Nick June 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I book that.

17 Heather June 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

What an awesome concept! I’m a true chocoholic & red wine fan so I have to say I really want to try the chocolate cabernet.

18 Heather June 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm

also, I like you on facebook 😉

19 Heather June 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm

& I tweeted!

20 amanda June 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm

cherry merlot sounds incredible.

21 amanda June 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm

i like you, i really do!

22 amanda June 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm

tweet, tweet!

23 Amanda Thompson June 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I would like to try the Chocolate Cabernet!

24 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) June 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm

You’re right…this is right my my alley! I would most like to try the port flavor…it sounds perfect for ice cream!!!

25 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) June 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I like you on FB!

26 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) June 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm

And you know I follow you on Twitter ;)!

27 kathy June 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm

hey! i’d love to try the riesling … yum-o … p.s. like you on FB and twitter! AND I was at the River Ride too … glad you enjoyed! great event :)

28 kathy June 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

thanks for the DM … i just liked you on FB :)

29 kathy June 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

ok, just RE-tweeted! :) woo hoo!

30 Viva Noshvegas June 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

So jealous Amy! I’ve been DYING to try Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream.
I’ve had the email from their distributor sitting in my inbox for 6 months to remind me to throw a wine ice cream party and have everyone over to sample it.
I’m most excited for the red raspberry chardonnay.

31 Viva Noshvegas June 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

liked you on facebook :)

32 Lyssa June 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I already follow you, but I’ve tweeted about Mercer now :)

33 Rob June 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm

The WineWalkers line-up excites me the most. Check out this set of new “adult indulgences”!

-Red Raspberry Chardonnay enrobed in Dark Chocolate
-Port encrusted in Lightly Salted Pistachios

-Chocolate Chip Cabernet nestled between Chocolate Wafers
-Riesling with bits of Pear nestled between Vanilla Wafers

Having personally tried the WineWalkers I assure you they are set to be a hit!

Check out Mercer’s WineWalkers and Wine Ice Cream in WASHINGTON DC at the Fancy Food Show, July 10 to 12, 2011 – Booth 2022 (USA Pavilion)

34 mollie June 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm

also, i retweeted the giveaway info as @molliepw

35 Mollie June 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm

for an additional entry, i’m a facebook fan of FH

36 Renee Dobbs June 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I’d love to try the cherry merlot. When I was growing up my parents always made homemade cherry ice cream. I have always loved it and I’ve made it several times. I’m very interested in what the cherry merlot tastes like.
Oh, and I ‘like’ you on facebook and re-tweeted the giveaway…

37 Renee Dobbs June 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I ‘like’ the fearless homemaker on facebook! Looking forward to your posts!

38 Renee Dobbs June 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I re-tweeted your giveaway!

39 stephanie June 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm

i’m digging the idea of red raspberry chardonnay!

40 Chrissy June 14, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Decided this was a good opportunity to “like” you on FB :)

41 Chrissy June 14, 2011 at 11:09 pm

And just did the Twitter entry!

42 Aly June 14, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Mmm red raspberry Chardonnay please!

43 Aly June 14, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Follow and tweeted!

44 tracey June 15, 2011 at 7:47 am

Amy,Amy,Amy,this is almost too good to be true!,lets see,wine,LOVE IT,ice Cream,LOVE IT.the combinations sound so refreshing,I would bet that these could be made into some fabulous ice cream desserts.thanks for sharing.super yummalicious!

45 Lauren June 15, 2011 at 8:12 am

I would LOVE to try the Cherry Merlot! Thanks for the entry! 😀

46 Lauren June 15, 2011 at 8:14 am

I already follow you on Twitter and tweetage is completed. 😀 Fingers are crossed and all that too!

47 Amber @ Caleigh's Kitchen June 15, 2011 at 8:51 am

I am excited to try the red rasberry chardonnay. Not a huge chardonnay fan either, but the sound of the ice cream with the rasberries sound wonderful!

48 Amber @ Caleigh's Kitchen June 15, 2011 at 8:52 am

I already like you on facebook! :-)

49 Amber @ Caleigh's Kitchen June 15, 2011 at 8:56 am

I now follow on twitter (@caleighskitchen) and I tweeted this!

50 Judy June 15, 2011 at 11:01 am

What a coincidence… I love chocolate and cabernet! :)

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