Here is a California grape recipe and some fruit ideas for your dessert tables.
Depending on the season of your wedding, the desserts often command the spotlight. And for inspiration, a grape recipe has vibrant colors of the season or your theme wedding.
Few fruits can match the taste or vibrancy of green, red and black California  grapes. Here are a few DIY grape recipe ideas to get you started.
1. Dip them in chocolate. Melt dark, milk or white chocolate in the microwave. Dunk single grapes or small clusters into the chocolate, then place on parchment paper to cool and set.
2. Get saucy. Simmer a quick sauce from port wine or balsamic vinegar enhanced with spices or herbs. Add grapes from California, let the fruit absorb the flavours and serve over ice cream, Greek yogurt or pound cake.
3. Treat taste buds to a fruit and cheese platter. Fruit and cheese is a delightful finish to any meal. Choose one or more colours of grapes for the centre of a decorative platter. Then select two or three cheeses with contrasting flavours and textures. Crackers and fig or apricot jam finish the gorgeous presentation.
4. Decorate the table with an edible dessert. In a vintage bowl or on a festive tray, arrange large bunches of California grapes artfully and adorn with a shimmery bow. Accent a cookie platter with small grape clusters “frosted” with sugar for an extra festive touch.
The Grape Recipe includes wine, therefore be sure to make an non-alcohol sauce as well. And mark the sauces With wine and Without wine.
Grapes in Port Wine Sauce.
Serves: 6 (1/2 cup each).
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Rest time: 60 minutes.
Ingredients for the grape recipe.
• One cup (250ml) Port wine.
• A 2-inch x 1/2-inch strip of orange peel.
• 1 cinnamon stick.
• 1 tbsp (15ml) honey.
• 3 cups (1 pound or 454g) halved red or black seedless California grapes.
Directions for the grape recipe.
1. Combine wine, orange peel, cinnamon stick and honey in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve honey. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until liquid is reduced to about 1/3 cup (80ml), about 15 to 20 minutes.
2. Using a slotted spoon, remove the orange peel and cinnamon stick and discard. Stir in grapes. Allow to sit, stirring occasionally, for at least an hour or up to two hours at room temperature, or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to three days.
3. Serve over ice cream, frozen yogurt or in a small dish on its own, with biscotti.
Nutritional information per serving: Calories 130; protein 1g; carbohydrates 22g; fat 0 g; cholesterol 0g; sodium 5g; fibre 1g.