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1. What is Icewine?
Icewine is an extremely rare wine in which naturally frozen grapes are harvested and then pressed to produce this exquisitely sweet dessert wine. Icewine is renowned for its extraordinary sweet taste and its rich deep golden colour.
2. Why is it called icewine and how is it produced?
It is called Icewine because a unique harvesting process that only takes place once a year. When the cold winter temperatures during the months of December and January drop below minus nine degrees Celsius, which is when the Vidal grapes are frozen solid, they are then harvested and pressed. Several weeks of fermentation are followed by several months of aging the icewine in large barrels. It is only then that the pressed grapes produce the captured essence of the sweet ice crystallized juices of the grape that create the world renowned icewine, with an alcohol content of approximately 10 per cent.
3. Why is icewine more expensive than other wines?
Icewine is considerably more expensive than other wines for a number of reasons. First, you must utilize every grape on the entire vine to make a single bottle of icewine. Second, icewine requires approximately ten times the amount of grapes to produce one bottle of icewine as opposed to the regular vineyard wines. Third, it is important to consider the great care that must be taken to ensure the crop's success considering the extraordinary length of time the Vidal grapes must remain on the vine until the mid winter freeze occurs. Finally, the grapes must be harvested at the precise time, in very harsh and cold conditions, to ensure the ultimate icewine essence is captured by nature.
4. What does icewine look like?
Icewine is a very rich wine and due to the sweetness pours much more thickly than other estate bottled wines. It is often referred to as "Liquid Gold" as is reveals its deep golden colour offering a delightful sensation to anyone's palate.
5. What does icewine taste like?
Icewine has an extremely unique and wonderfully sweet dessert wine. Icewine offers a taste of a mixture of tropical fruits and fragrances such as a blend of fresh apricots covered in honey which is followed by ripe peaches to fill your tastebuds with a final long lasting taste sensation of hand picked mangos with a touch of the delight of the honeydew melon.
6. How should icewine be served?
Icewine is a very sweet dessert wine and it is usually served at the end of a meal, not unlike an after dinner liqueur. It is recommended that the icewine be chilled for approximately one to two hours before serving. Surprisingly, for the size of the bottle, it can be enjoyed by amongst six to eight friends or family members. When serving it is suggested that you use your favorite liqueur glassware, which holds approximately a one to two ounce serving. Once poured into your glass it must be savoured upon tasting. Once sipped, one must swirl this delightfully sweet wine across the tastebuds to savour its tropical and exotic taste sensations.
7. From what country did icewine originate?
In 1794, in Franconia, Germany, icewine was originally created. Today, Canada is not only world renowned as the largest producers, but also as the best producers of icewine. Interestingly enough, the majority of these award winning vintage icewines are produced right here in the Niagara Peninsula.
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