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In Bordeaux, where châteaus and vineyards abound, a typical dessert is fresh strawberries sliced into a red wine glass and then topped with a great Bordeaux. Here, that regional tradition is adapted to make it more dessert-like. If you're pressed for time, do as the Bordelais do--quick and easy.
Serves 4 (serving size: 1/2 cup berries and 1/3 cup sauce)
1. To prepare sauce, combine wine, 2 tablespoons sugar, and tapioca in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook 7 minutes or until tapioca dissolves and mixture is slightly thickened, stirring frequently with a whisk. Remove from heat; stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Pour mixture into a small bowl set into a large bowl of ice water; cool to room temperature.
2. To prepare berries, combine berries, 3 tablespoons sugar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla in a bowl; let stand 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Divide berry mixture among 4 red wine glasses. Pour sauce over berries.