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What is Icewine?

 

How to drink Icewine?

 

How is Icewine paired?

 

How is Icewine served?

 

How long will an open bottle of Icewine last?

 

How long can I keep an unopened bottle of Icewine?

 

How Icewine is made (from the VQA Website)

 

 

What is Icewine?

 

Icewine is a very special, very unique wine.  It is made from grapes that have been intentionally left on the vine passed normal harvest to freeze. After a few frosts of temperatures in the range of 14°F to 9°F or lower, the grapes are picked and immediately pressed while they are still frozen.  What forms is a very sweet concentrated juice that is extremely flavorful.  Icewine reveals rich aromas and flavors of ripe tropical fruits such as lychee, papaya, apricot, peach, mango, melon, and pineapple. They are sweet but have a firm strength of character of acidity that makes them perfectly balanced that is very pleasing to the palette. With this process of Icewine, making it can take an entire vine of these frozen grapes to yield just a half bottle of this true delight.  The cost a little more than traditional table wines, but so worth it!

 

 

 

How to drink Icewine?

 

Sip it slow and Feel The Euphoria.  Each taste will guarantee a new flourish of flavor each passing over your tongue and throughout. 

 

 

 

 

How is Icewine paired?

 

Icewine can be adored with many different forms of cuisine.  You can indulge in this treasure before, during, or after meals.  There are no limitations what this smooth exotic taste can endure.  Enjoy it with Cheeses, Chocolate, and creamy desserts.  Luxuriate in its fineness as a chivalrous compliment to spicy foods.  Take pleasure as an amorous pre dinner charm with appetizers.  Enjoy Icewine drizzled over ice cream for a dreamy treat or crushed with ice as a divine fanciful slushy.  Flatter it with cold fruit or hot soups.  Icewine is also perfect savored by itself

 

 

 

 

How is Icewine served?

 

Ideal serving temperature is 40°F to 45 °F. Serve in small wine, sherry or liqueur glasses.

 

 

 

 

How long will an open bottle of Icewine last?

 

Re corked and stored in refrigeration can last up to 21 days

 

 

 

 

How long can I keep an unopened bottle of Icewine?

 

Unopened Icewines will store well up to 20 years or more.  Best conditions for this longevity is in still, cool, dark locations (ideally a cellar).  The main disturbances you want to avoid are sunlight or any kind of bright lighting, movements, and vibrations.

 

 

 

 

How Icewine is made (from the VQA Website)

In preparation for Icewine season, the grape vines are netted in the autumn when the grapes are ripening to protect them from being devoured by birds. In November, the grapes must be registered with VQA Ontario inspectors and the grape variety, acreage and estimated tonnage is verified. The grapes are then left on the vine until a sustained temperature of minus 8 degrees Celsius or lower is reached. Depending on the season, this could happen anytime from December to February. During the time between the end of the growing season and harvest, the grapes dehydrate and the juices are concentrated and develop the characteristic complexity of Icewine.

During Icewine season, wineries and grape growers keep a careful watch on the weather forecast looking for an optimum stretch of temperatures between -10 and -12 °C. This temperature range will produce juice in the range of 35 to 39 ° Brix (roughly equivalent to the percent sugar in the juice). Typically, a period of at least 6 hours is needed to harvest and press the grapes – and it is usually an overnight job. Most small and medium sized wineries harvest by hand, often with volunteers who are enthusiastic Icewine lovers and want to experience the harvest first hand. Warm clothing is required. Mechanized harvesting has been developed very recently and is now an option for larger vineyards.

Once the grapes are harvested, they are pressed in small hydraulic presses under much higher pressure than normal for grapes harvested in the regular season. Because the grapes are frozen, most of the mass is water, and is left behind as ice in the press. Only a small amount of concentrated juice is extracted. Juice yields for Icewine grapes are much lower than for table wines – with average yields of 500 liters for each acre netted, or approximately 15% of the expected yield for grapes harvested for table wines. This reflects both the losses in grape volume from dehydration while the grapes hang and losses to hungry birds and other animals.

Icewine juice is very sweet and can be difficult to ferment. High sugars can create a hostile environment for the yeast and fermentation stops early, leaving relatively low alcohol and high sugar levels in the finished wine.

 

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