Wine Jelly

A favorite in Scandinavian countries and overlooked in the United States, Wine jelly makes a stunning platter on a table set with assorted cheeses. The crystalline grapes seem disproportionately elegant to their ease of preparation.


  • 2 cups red wine (I prefer Shiraz or Zinfandel)
  • 4 whole allspice berries
  • 1 three inch stick of cinnamon
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 1 three ounce pouch of liquid fruit Pectin

Preparation Instructions

  1. Combine the wine with the spices in a two quart saucepan. Heat the wine until it is warm. Turn off the heat and allow the wine and spices to steep for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar to the spiced wine and then heat to a rolling boil. Stir constantly for a minute or until the sugar is totally dissolved.
  3. Add the pectin and return mixture to a rolling boil. Stir for ONE MINUTE and then pour into clean glass jars.
  4. Allow the jelly to cool at room temperature before covering and refrigerating.
  5. A perfect decoration for this jelly is frosted grapes.


  1. To frost the grapes, either rinse them under water or toss them in slightly beaten egg whites.
  2. Place a few Tablespoons of sugar in a small dish and roll the moist grapes in sugar.
  3. Place the sugared grapes on a plate or rack and allow the sugar to dry completely before using as an edible decoration.

Additional Notes

NOTE: This mixture will stay in the refrigerator for weeks without spoiling. It can also be frozen. Because you don’t use sterilized jars and paraffin to seal the jelly, you can not store the jelly in your pantry, it must be refrigerated or frozen. NOTE: If you are uncomfortable using raw egg whites then water will work almost as well.

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  1. Tina, I was born to two Jewish parents who were more traditional than religious. I am married to a man that I have been friends with for over 48 years and married to him for almost 32 years. He converted to Judaism just over 10 years ago, much to my surprise, and the education he garnered in his conversion classes was my religious education, as well. I have a sister 5 years younger who had classes for her Bat Mitzva and now teaches pre-school students at her synagogue’s day school. She is the teacher to all the adults in our family as to what holiday is coming up, or when to eat in a succor. I appreciate you doing what you do. I find it so wonderful that you are a scholar in residence. I also appreciate your Pesach suggestions as well as the tips you’ve provided for making matzo balls that are fully cooked. I now know what I’ve been doing wrong. I wish you and yours a wonderful Passover surrounded by those you love. Thank you, Merrill

  2. Merrill,
    This is long overdue but I want to thank you for taking the time to send me that note. I love what I do and love the look of accomplishment in the eyes of my students. I’m glad you like my suggestions for your matzo balls. Keep exploring and coming back to my site for more recipes. I have been busy with my culinary trips to Israel but will continue to add more to this site. Perhaps one day we will meet at your synagogue when I am teaching or on one of my trips.

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