McC's pairing 2Nothing says summer like the sweet sounds of the ice cream truck chiming up and down the street. Well, what if the driver dished out wine to pair with the cool and creamy treats? He would have adults instead of kids running outside salivating at the sound of the annoying yet inviting jingle, and shouting: “I scream, you scream we all scream for wine paired with ice cream.” The summer season is right around the corner and in honor of the changing temps we wanted to tempt you with these delicious and decadent wine and ice cream pairings. Joel Kampfe of ENO Wine Bar in San Francisco has teamed up with McConnell’s Ice Cream to bring us Four Summer Wine & Ice Cream Pairings!

Toasted Coconut Almond Chip

2012 Cellars 33 Keefer Ranch Chardonnay: Full and generously textured Chardonnay from one of the most sought after single-vineyard fruit in California. Apple, caramel and enough citrus zest to refresh the weighty palate.

Salted Caramel Chip or Turkish Coffee

2012 Diemersfontein Pinotage: South Africa’s hidden gem (or nightmare depending upon who makes it) of a varietal comes through with distinct roasted coffee aromatics that follow up with bitter baker’s cocoa on the palate. South Africa’s original Frankenstein of a grape.

Santa Barbara Strawberry

NV Cavas Hill Sparkling Rose: Deep ruby red color suggests a fruity style Cava and this Monastrell based bubble does not disappoint. Strawberry, cherry and pomegranate fruit dominate the palate with plenty of tiny bubbles to refresh.

Golden State Vanilla or Summer Peach

NV Valdo Prosecco: Pair vanilla with peaches and you have a match made in heaven. The Valdo Prosecco gives of peaches surrounded by bright citrus notes, all it needs is some Vanilla and…BOOM! My mind just exploded.


Somm IcecreamwineJoel Kampfe began his wine career working as a tasting room attendant at Edna Valley Vineyards in San Luis Obispo, and quickly became fascinated with wine sensory evaluation. He believes each bottle of wine has a story to tell – and it is his goal to be the consumer’s guide on this journey. Joel most recently hails from Savvy Cellar in the heart of Silicon Valley, where, as Manager, he featured small production, sustainable, venerable regions and producers, and “Pre-Cult” wines in his program, hand-selecting over 1,300 unique wines during his three-year stint. Joel also spent time as a Cellar Hand at both Hall Winery in St. Helena and Indevin Winery in Marlborough, New Zealand, and was also an attendant at Vihuela Winery in Paso Robles. Joel is a Certified Sommelier from PCI in Campbell, CA, has received the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Certificate with Merit, and is currently working towards his Diploma of Wine & Spirits.

Photo Credit: Heather Scharf Photography

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