Appetizers/ Dips & Sauces/ Gluten Free/ Low Carb

Wine Jelly

This no sugar wine jelly makes a great addition to your cheeseboard.   Combine the flavour pairing of cheese and wine in a jelly form.

You could also serve this wine jelly with turkey as an alternative to cranberry sauce (for adults only I hesitate to add) but we always enjoy it with slices of cheese as an appetiser or snack. 

I first came across a wine jelly when we lived in Aruba.   The Dutch love their cheese and one of the supermarkets sold a platter of cheese with a wine jelly as a dip for the cheese sticks.   Once we tried this delectable combination we were hooked, and it featured in our evenings enjoying a sunset.   The only downside was that this wine jelly had sugar in it, so I needed to make a version without sugar.

I can tell you from personal experience that chia seeds and wine do not work.  It was a waste of both ingredients and my plan for a wine chia jam failed.   For my next attempt, I reached for a packet of Vege-gel.   Well, I had to order a packet online and pay 3 times the cost in shipping charges as it’s not available in here.   For the non-vegetarians, use gelatin.


Adults Only Appetiser

This recipe is as simple as follow the instructions on the vege-gel or gelatin using wine for the liquid element.  I do not use any sweetener as I used a strong Cabernet Sauvignon wine.  You should taste the wine jelly and adjust for your own tastes. Other red wines you could use for a wine jelly are Merlot, Malbec and a Bordeaux.   

If you wanted a more festive wine jelly, add a dash of cinnamon and cloves for a mulled wine jam.  Cut up some cheese, reach for those low carb crackers and enjoy!

5 from 1 vote
Wine Jelly
Prep Time
7 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Setting time
1 hr
Total Time
10 mins

An easy adult appetiser served best with cheese

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Low carb appetisers, Wine Recipe
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 34 kcal
Author: Angela Coleby
  • 1 sachet Gelatin or Vege-Gel
  • 570 ml Red Wine
  1. Add the vege-gel or gelatine to the wine and stir.

  2. Pour into a saucepan and gently heat, stirring for 2 minutes.

  3. Remove from the heat, allow to cool slightly and then pour into moulds or dishes.

  4. Place in the fridge to set.

  5. Serve with cheese 

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Wine Jelly
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 34
% Daily Value*
Total Carbohydrates 0.8g 0%
Protein 0.5g 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    December 23, 2018 at 11:05 am

    We like moscato wine, would that work also?

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      December 23, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      Yes it would and would give you a bit of sweetness. Moscato wine is very popular in the Caribbean. It’s everywhere in the shops in St Lucia! You’d fit in well! 😉

  • Reply
    December 21, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    I’m not a Wine drinker, but I do cook with it on occassion. These look SO pretty though, I want to make them just for that! Lol

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      December 22, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Thanks! Think of them as adult jelly sweets…ha ha!

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