Decadent cherries in a Pinot Noir reduction

Indulge your taste buds with a heavenly blend of sweet cherries and Pinot Noir wine in this recipe. The recipe provides a unique and surprising culinary experience. The cherries immersed in the wine absorb its rich flavor to give an extraordinary, tangy taste. This recipe is perfect for those who love dishes with a fusion of flavors.

As a wine lover and professional sommelier, I recommend Pinot Noir for this recipe due to its fruity character and low tannins that compliment the sweetness of the cherries without overpowering it. Pinot Noir is a versatile grape that varies greatly depending on the region, giving rise to different aromas and flavors. You can explore different Pinot Noir wines such as Willamette Valley or Oregon Pinot Noir for more experimentation.

This recipe is easy to make and requires only five ingredients, so you can quickly prepare it in under an hour. With only one pound of fresh, sweet cherries, sugar, lemon zest, and two cups of Pinot Noir wine, you will amaze your guests with an exceptional dish.

In the following sections, I will guide you through the entire process, including substitutions and variations that can add more flair to your dish. Get ready for an exceptional dining experience with the cherry pinot noir!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cherries in Pinot Noir Wine
Cherries in Pinot Noir Wine

Are you looking for a recipe that is both fancy and easy to make? Look no further than Cherries in Pinot Noir Wine! This dish features sweet cherries boiled in Pinot Noir, creating a delicious cherry Pinot Noir sauce that can be used to elevate any meal.

Not only is this recipe incredibly flavorful, but it’s also versatile. The sweet cherry flavor and Pinot Noir reduction make for an excellent pairing with seared duck breast or chicken balsamic, giving your dinner an extra touch of refinement. If you’re looking for something more casual, try drizzling the cherry Pinot Noir sauce over a fresh slice of cherry pie or scooping it onto grilled salmon.

Cherries in Pinot Noir Wine is also incredibly easy to prepare. With just a few ingredients – sweet cherries, Pinot Noir, brown sugar, and lemon zest – you can create a dish that will impress your guests and elevate any meal. Plus, the process of boiling the sweet cherries in Pinot Noir creates a visually stunning final product, making it perfect for special occasions or wine tastings.

Not convinced that Cherries in Pinot Noir Wine is the dish for you? Here’s another reason: this recipe can be adapted to fit different preferences and dietary needs. Swap the sweet cherries for rainier cherries or dried cherries to play with different flavors. Use gluten-free cornstarch instead of regular cornstarch to make the recipe gluten-free.

Overall, Cherries in Pinot Noir Wine is a must-try recipe whether you’re a seasoned home cook or just starting out. It’s approachable yet impressive, versatile yet delicious, and can be adjusted to cater to different tastes and diets. What are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try today!

Ingredient List

 A juicy and flavorful match made in heaven
A juicy and flavorful match made in heaven

Below are the ingredients needed for making cherry pinot noir:

  • 1 lb fresh sweet cherries
  • 1 cup pinot noir wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • Star anise (optional)
  • Dried cherries (optional)

This recipe highlights pinot noir, a type of red wine known for its light-bodied texture and fruity, earthy undertones. It’s the perfect compliment to sweet cherries, making for a beautifully balanced dish. In addition to fresh sweet cherries, this recipe calls for dried cherries and star anise, which will add even more depth to the dish. The tartness from the lemon zest will brighten up the flavors while corn starch helps thicken up the sauce to a luscious cherry pinot noir reduction.

The Recipe How-To

 Perfect for summer nights and gathering with friends
Perfect for summer nights and gathering with friends

Step 1: Prepare the cherries

First, wash and pit 1 lb fresh sweet cherries. Set aside.

Step 2: Make the Pinot Noir Reduction

In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup Pinot Noir, 2 teaspoons lemon zest, and 1 tbsp brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low and let simmer for about 15-20 minutes until it thickens into a reduction.

Step 3: Add the cherries and finish

Add the prepared cherries to the saucepan with the reduction. Stir together and let cook until the cherries soften, about 5-7 minutes. In a separate small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon corn starch until fully combined. Pour this mixture into the saucepan with the cherry pinot noir mixture to thicken the sauce. Cook for another 2-3 minutes or until completely thickened.

Step 4: Serve

Remove from heat and allow it to cool down slightly before serving. Serve it as a topping over ice cream or cheesecake, or as a side dish for savory meats such as seared duck breast or salmon.

Substitutions and Variations

 A sweet and savory sensation that will keep you coming back for more
A sweet and savory sensation that will keep you coming back for more

One of the great things about this recipe is that there are many ways to make it your own by experimenting with different ingredients or adapting it to suit dietary restrictions.

For a non-alcoholic version, simply substitute the pinot noir with cherry juice or use a mixture of red wine and cherry juice. For those who cannot consume sugar, you can replace brown sugar with a sugar substitute of your choice.

For a more flavorful sauce, consider adding some star anise or cinnamon to the reduction sauce. You can also incorporate dried cherries or rainier cherries for a slight variation in taste.

If you are looking for a main dish to go with this recipe, try searing duck breast and serving it with cherry pinot noir sauce. Alternatively, drizzle the sauce over pan-seared salmon, chicken balsamic or even cherry chutney for a delectable burst of flavor.

You can also experiment by trying different types of pinot noir wine such as Oregon pinot noir or Willamette Valley wines. Barefoot pinot noir is another popular wine brand that works well for this recipe.

Overall, feel free to get creative with substitutions and variations to Craft the perfect pinot noir cherry sauce that suits your taste preferences and needs.

Serving and Pairing

 A delightful way to enjoy the full-bodied richness of Pinot Noir
A delightful way to enjoy the full-bodied richness of Pinot Noir

These cherries in pinot noir wine make a divine dessert that pairs well with various dishes. You can serve them straight out of the pan, chilled or at room temperature. They taste amazing on their own, but when paired with certain foods, they truly shine.

If you want to indulge in a decadent dessert that’s both delicious and visually pleasing, serve these cherries with scoops of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. The creamy texture of the ice cream and the tangy sweetness of the cherries balance each other perfectly.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, pair them with seared duck breast or chicken balsamic for a unique mix of flavors. The acidity and tartness of the cherry sauce cut through the richness of the meat perfectly.

If you’re looking for a red wine pairing, serve these cherries with a light-bodied Pinot Noir such as Willamette Valley’s Oregon Pinot or Barefoot’s Pinot Noir. The sweet dark fruit notes in the wine complement the sweet cherries perfectly.

For a non-alcoholic option, mix some sweet cherry juice with sparkling water or try the Rainier Cherry Pinot from Trader Joe’s.

This versatile recipe can also be used to add depth to savory dishes such as cherry chutney or as a glaze for salmon.

No matter how you choose to serve them, these cherries in pinot noir wine are sure to delight your taste buds and impress your guests.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A simple and elegant dessert that looks as good as it tastes
A simple and elegant dessert that looks as good as it tastes

The Cherry Pinot Noir recipe can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week, covered tightly with plastic wrap or an airtight container. The cherries will absorb more flavor as they sit in the Pinot Noir sauce over time, making it even more delicious. You can also make this recipe ahead of time and reheat it on the stove or in the microwave when you’re ready to serve.

To reheat the cherries, simply transfer them to a small saucepan and heat on low-medium heat for a few minutes until warmed through. To thicken the cherry sauce, you can add a teaspoon or two of corn starch to it, whisking constantly until it thickens to your desired consistency.

If you plan to serve this dish at a dinner party or gathering, refrigerate the cherries and Pinot Noir sauce overnight and reheat on low heat before serving. The smell of the cherries and Pinot Noir sauce combined is sure to tantalize everyone’s taste buds! This recipe can be served as a topping for vanilla ice cream, as an accompaniment to chicken or pork, or even added as a sweet addition to cocktails.

Whether you’re using sweet cherries from Willamette Valley, Oregon or dried cherries from Trader Joe’s, this recipe is versatile enough to accommodate your choice of ingredient without compromising on taste. The cherry pinot noir recipe is perfect for those who want something indulgent and rich without too much fuss.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A perfect ending to a romantic dinner date
A perfect ending to a romantic dinner date

To ensure the perfect result when making cherries in Pinot Noir wine recipe, there are a few tips that will help you.

First, be sure to choose ripe and fresh sweet cherries for the recipe as it can make all the difference in flavor. You can also mix it up by using rainier cherries instead of sweet cherries.

Second, when reducing the Pinot Noir wine, be sure to keep a close eye on it as it can burn quickly. A simmer is all that’s needed to let the wine reduce and thicken.

Third, for the cherry reduction sauce, be sure to use corn starch rather than flour as a thickening agent as it will give you a smoother and shiny texture.

Fourth, using lemon zest in this recipe enhances the overall flavor profile of the dish as it provides a refreshing citrus note that balances out the sweetness from the cherries and brown sugar.

Fifth, refrigerating overnight after cooking allows the flavors of cherries to fully infuse in the Pinot Noir wine, creating an even more delicious and flavorful dish.

Sixth, you can store leftover cherry sauce for up to a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Seventh, when pairing this dish with food or drink, look for dishes that complement its sweetness and fruity undertones such as seared duck breast with cherry sauce or chicken balsamic with cherry chutney. As for drinks, go for Oregon Pinot Noir or even Barefoot Pinot Noir for a red wine pairing.

Lastly, feel free to experiment with different wines such as Willamette Valley’s Pinot Noir and even Trader Joe’s Cherry Blossom wine. The possibilities are endless when it comes to wine-making!


Now that you have learned the ins and outs of making the delectable cherries in Pinot Noir recipe, you may have questions that need answering. Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) to help troubleshoot any issues and make the process easier for you.

What fruit goes with pinot noir?

As a sommelier, I have come across some interesting wine and food pairings that I would like to share. If you have a bottle of Pinot Noir, then try enjoying it with a bowl of sweet cherries. Another perfect match would be a rich Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe plums, figs, and blackberries. For a cool and fruity Muscato, I would suggest savoring the taste with fresh, juicy mangos. For a zesty Pinot Grigio, consider the crisp flavors paired with crunchy apples or juicy pears. Keeping in mind a Beaujolais is an excellent pairing with tart and delicious red berries.

Is there a wine made with cherries?

One deliciously sweet and tart option for fruit wine is cherry wine. It typically uses tart cherries that provide adequate acidity and can even create fortified wines or flavorful liqueurs.

Does red wine go with cherries?

Pairing red wine with sweet cherry juice creates a delightful sangria that is exceptionally smooth. It’s important to use sweet cherry juice rather than tart cherry juice for the best experience.

What wine goes good with cherries?

As a sommelier, I am well-versed in various types of wine that offer unique flavors and aromas. Some of my favorites include Pinot Noir, Gamay, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Sangiovese, Amarone della Valpolicella, Tempranillo, and Mencía. Each of these wines has its own character and personality, and knowing how to pair them with the right dishes can enhance their flavors even further. So, let me take you on a journey through each of these wines, and share some interesting stories about them.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this cherries in pinot noir wine recipe is a fantastic way to elevate your culinary skills and impress your guests. With its perfect balance of sweet cherries and bold pinot noir, this dish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. You’ll love the way the cherry reduction sauce complements the tender texture of the cherries, creating an irresistible flavor.

Furthermore, this recipe is versatile and can be adapted to suit different preferences. Whether you want to substitute dried cherries for fresh ones or use Oregon pinot noir wine instead of Willamette Valley pinot noir, there are options for every taste. Additionally, the recipe can be paired with different dishes ranging from seared duck breast to chicken balsamic.

Overall, I highly recommend giving this cherry pinot noir wine recipe a try. It’s easy to make and will undoubtedly elevate your cooking skills. Plus, it’s the perfect dish to pair with a glass of pinot noir or any red wine of your choice. So what are you waiting for? Head to your local grocery store or trader Joe’s and get started on this fabulous recipe today!

Cherries in Pinot Noir Wine

Cherries in Pinot Noir Wine Recipe

Delicious and elegant dessert.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Calories 224.4 kcal


  • 1 lb fresh sweet cherries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pinot noir wine
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest


  • Rinse and drain cherries.
  • Discard stems and pit the cherries.
  • In a medium saucepan, add water and brown sugar; bring to a simmer.
  • Add red wine and lemon zest.
  • Bring back to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the pitted cherries; let mixture return to a simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, cover with a lid, and let cool to room temperature.
  • After mixture has cooled, refrigerate over night.
  • Spoon cherries and liquid into individual serving bowls.
  • Serve with your favorite wafers, cookies or ice cream.

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Serving: 267gCalories: 224.4kcalCarbohydrates: 46.5gProtein: 1.3gFat: 0.2gSodium: 12mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 41g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Cherries, Dessert, Easy, Fruit, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein
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