Red Wine Poached Cranberries & Baked Brie

The holidays will be here before you know it and that means party, after party, after party. If you are looking for a festive and delicious appetizer that is no fuss, try these Red Wine Poached Cranberries & Baked Brie. Super delicious, easy to make, and a real crowd pleaser. This one's made with Numi's delicious organic Orange Spice tea.
A Jerry James Stone Recipe


Appetizer, Dessert, Red


  • 12 ounces cranberries
  • 2 cups Zinfandel (fruit forward, spicy)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 bags Orange Spice by Numi
  • 1 pound Brie wheel
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar (optional)
  • 1 sprig rosemary (optional)
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Yields 1
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • This recipe begins with cranberries and Numi’s delicious organic Orange Spice tea. The tea is a combination of white tea, orange peel, schizandra berries and spices. I am using the tea in place of mulling spices. While I only used three teabags, you could easily double it for more flavor.
  • Add 2 cups of sugar to the 12 ounces of cranberries. You could get away with halving the sugar, if you prefer things less sweet. I do myself but I feel this is the best amount to balance the cranberries.
  • Add 2 cups of Zinfandel. I used a Cline Cellars Zinfandel because it is fruity and spicy. Whatever red you use, choose one that is on the fruit-forward side.
  • Heat the mixture over a medium heat. I even suggest using a smaller pot than the one I used. I wanted you to get a good look at the contents, but the more depth the more contact the tea will have with the wine.
  • Poach the berries until they just begin to pop and crack. Once this begins, remove them with a slotted spoon and set them aside, leaving the wine and tea bags in the pot.
  • Reduce the wine sauce by half, making sure to not let the mixture boil, only lightly simmer.
  • Let the wine sauce fully cool then add the cranberries back, mix until all are coated. Let chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  • Place the brie on a parchment-lined baking sheet and warm it in an oven that has been pre-heated to 350° F, for about 5 minutes. Watch it with the oven light on, making sure it doesn’t crack open.
  • Serve the warmed brie with a heaping scoop of the poached cranberries, and garnish with fresh rosemary and some powdered sugar right before serving, if you wanna give it a holiday feel.
  • Enjoy!