ICE WINE?Refreshing Unique Ice Wine
What is ice wine? It is originally a German concoction which it is said to have began in 1794 in Franken Germany when a winemaker neglected to harvest his grapes before the November freeze. The German translation for Ice Wine is Eiswein.
Nowadays, the grapes are left on the vine past the Fall season when the ambient temperature is 18-20 degrees fahrenheit and they are harvested before noon. It takes four to five times as many grapes then used in traditional wines. The grapes will be shrunken and frozen which results in the water inside the grape to become crystallized and concentrated. But instead of a sweet syrupy flavour what occurs is a crisp, clear, floral, fresh, citrus tone, often with a complex apple or honey distinction. After harvest, the grapes are pressed while frozen and fermented using lower then normal temperatures for a longer period of time (3-6 months). This wine is most often a Riesling and often from Germany although Canada, upper New York, upper Michigan and New Zealand are producers. It is sold in half the size of a regular 750 ml bottle and is usually $30 to $50 per bottle.
Is it worth it? It is definitely worth a try if you love wines. Consider this; Paradise Ranch Riesling Ice Wine has sweet citrus and pineapple flavours. How can you not be drawn to that name and flavour? Some others to try?
2008 Inniskillin Gold Oak Aged Vidal (Canadian)
Kruger-Rumpf Riesling (German)
2012 Weingut Markus Huber Berg Riesling (German)
2010 Peller Estates Franc Ice Wine
2012 Dr. Loosen Riesling Eiswein
Cave Springs Cellars Riesling Niagara Peninsula
What do you pair Eiswein with? It is a desert wine that pairs well with cheeses, bittersweet chocolate deserts or any citrus desert or sorbet.
So lift up your glass! Cheers!