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Icewine - Canada's Signature Wine is Different from the Rest

Icewine - Canada's Signature Wine is Different from the Rest

Posted by Christian Miranda on July 09, 2014

Wine is a common alcoholic beverage that has been consumed by many since Antiquity. This popular drink can often be seen in upscale restaurants, parties, and even at home. Many of our PanamericanWorld countries are wine producers, and each have a special variety that the country boasts of. However, there is one type of wine that stnads out from the rest for its fresh taste, light texture and unusual sweetness.

That type of wine is called Icewine.

Though this dessert wine has many relatives, it is the way it is fermented that gives it the tasty edge it has over other wines. It is produced from grapes that are frozen while still on the vine. The frozen water in the grape freezes, but the rest of the grape does not. Therefore, when processed, the grape solids are more concentrated and less diluted, giving it a sweeter taste.

Canada's frigid winters have allowed the nation to be the largest icewine producer in the world. Other countries experience cold winters as well, but Canada and more specifically, Ontario, (which produces 75% of Canada's icewine) have winters where temperatures are most consistent and reliable for icewine production. It is not easy to produce this wine, as a large amount of workers is needed to harvest the frozen grapes within a few hours on the first chance that it is cold enough. This creates a small yield of icewine per harvest, making it more expensive than regular wines.

 

photo by: telegraph.co.uk

Inniskillin is the pioneer of icewine in Canada. It is located near Niagara Falls in Ontario. This winery produced Canada's very first ice wine in 1984.

photo by: oldtimeconfections.ca

Icewine novelty candies and cookies are available in Canadian confectionaries.

Consider ice wine as a dessert beverage. Though this wine is expensive and not easily found in any liquor store, it is definitely worth the investment as it truly is a wine that is different from the rest.

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