Strawberry Sherbet with Sparkling Wine | Wine Country Table

Fresh strawberry goodness with a punch of sparkling California wine, a fabulous dessert!

Strawberry Sherbet topped with more fresh berries and a splash of sparkling wine? That’s all kinds of California goodness, friends. And here I was thinking I was the only one making sparkling rosé floats!


California Wines shared a copy of their new Wine Country Table cookbook with me (full disclosure, I work with them but this post is not sponsored), and it’s PACKED with fabulous real-food recipes. It also includes tours of 23 farms and wineries throughout the state that utilize sustainable farming methods, highlighting the future of responsible farming and winegrowing embraced throughout California. You’ll see how avocados, cherries, citrus fruit and a number of other products are grown – along with wine making throughout the Golden State.


I flipped through try to select a recipe to share, and when I saw this strawberry sherbet, I knew this was the one! It calls for a splash of kirsch, which is a brandy distilled from whole cherries (I prefer sour cherry kirsch) that highlights the flavor of the fresh fruit. Kirsch adds a subtle cherry aroma with a full fruit feel without being overpowering or artificial. It’s also used in fondue, in Black Forest cake, and brings the flambé heat in Cherries Jubilee. DO NOT sub with flavored alcohol – if you’re going to substitute, try apricot brandy, red wine or skip it altogether.

strawberry sorbet sparkling wine float

Now get yourself some sweet summer strawberries and get to cooking! Before you make your grocery list, here are two more Wine Country Table recipes you should totally try:

A large shallow bowl with a blue and cream decorative edge is piled high with noodles coated in a bright green pesto. There are walnuts and grated cheese on top and a fork and spoon on the side of the bowl. There is a glass if white wine next to the bowl.

Walnut Kale Pesto | the best thing to happen to the wilted leafy greens in the in the refrigerator that you totally intended to make into a salad. This is way more delicious anyway.

Little Gem Lettuces with Olive Oil Poached Tuna on a white platter sitting on a white table. There is a glass of rose on the table.

Little Gem Lettuces with Olive Oil Poached Tuna | Don’t be afraid of the amount of olive oil required for poaching, you won’t waste a drop. Some of it goes in the salad dressing; the rest can be strained and refrigerated for cooking greens or for dressing future salads.

Give this Strawberry Sherbet with Sparkling Wine a try – you’ll enjoy the sherbet, and sip the last few drops!  If you love strawberry dessert goodness, try this Real Strawberry Cheesecake  recipe too.

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Strawberry Sherbet with Sparkling Wine

This Strawberry Sherbet with Sparkling Wine recipe from the Wine Country Table cookbook is refreshing, delicious, fun to serve and fun to eat!
Prep Time15 mins
Freezing1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free desserts, dairy-free recipe, sherbet, strawberry recipes, wine
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 117kcal
Author: KC Cornwell


  • ice cream maker



  • 1 pound strawberries hulled and sliced
  • cup superfine sugar
  • teaspoons kirsch


  • ½ pound strawberries hulled and sliced
  • Superfine sugar to taste
  • Kirsch to taste
  • ¾ cup chilled sparkling wine


  • In a food processor or blender, combine the strawberries and sugar and purée until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl. Press with a rubber spatula to force the pulp through while leaving the seeds behind. Stir in the kirsch. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Freeze in an ice-cream machine according to the manufacturer’s directions. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer until serving.
  • About 15 minutes before serving, sweeten the sliced berries to taste with superfine sugar. Toss gently and let stand to release some of the berry juices. Stir in kirsch to taste.


  • Scoop the sorbet into stemmed glasses or dishes. Spoon the berries over the sorbet, dividing them evenly. Pour 2 tablespoons of the sparkling wine over each portion and serve immediately.


Your guests are sure to enjoy every bite - and every sip!


Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 67mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

Photos: Alycia Moreno

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