Dessert Wine Gelees Recipe!

Wine Gelees with Citrus Fruit

Enjoy dessert and wine together with this recipe! What’s not to love?

This recipe is perfect for a fancy get-together or a dinner party! These sangria-inspired gelees are infused with sweet wines and subtle citrus flavors. They will impress any sophisticated palates!


  • 5 tablespoons cold water
  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup orange Muscat dessert wine
  • 1 1/4 cups Sauternes or similar sweet wine
  • 1 each grapefruit, blood orange, navel orange, tangerine, and Meyer lemon


Combine 5 tablespoons cold water and gelatin in a bowl. Let stand 5 minutes.

Combine sugar, 1/2 cup water, and wines in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until sugar has dissolved. Add gelatin mixture, and whisk until melted. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat, and pour through a fine sieve into a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. Let cool completely.

Cut peel and pith from citrus. Cut each segment from membranes, then cut horizontally into 1/8- to 1/4-inch-thick slices (you will need 1 cup). Arrange in a single layer over gelatin mixture. Refrigerate, uncovered, overnight.

To unmold, run a knife around edge of dish. Using an offset spatula, gently coax gelatin from sides. Invert and turn out onto a cutting board. Trim edges, and cut into 1 1/4-inch squares. Serve immediately, or refrigerate, uncovered, up to 1 day.

From all of us at Ventura County Winery Association, we hope that you enjoyed making and tasting these delicious dessert wine bites! Contact us today to schedule a wine tour to enjoy multiple of our local wineries and view the the most beautiful scenery in the area! We host a fantastic variety of wines for every palate to enjoy!

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