Many wine drinkers have never tried Ice Wine or, in fact, may have never even heard of it. Ice Wine is super sweet and takes a good length of time to produce. Ice Wines have high sweetness levels with 160 to 220 g/L (grams per liter) of residual sugar.
There are many ways to produce sweet wines, however none is more extensive than producing Ice Wines. Ice Wine is produced in very cold climates and most importantly, from grapes that are frozen on the vines.
Canada is the largest producer of Ice Wine followed by Germany, Austria, and the United States. To be labeled an Ice Wine, the grapes must be picked and pressed while naturally frozen. This process is particularly important. Grapes cannot be picked, and then frozen.
Both red and white grapes are used to produce Ice Wine. The most popular grapes are Riesling, Vidal Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc and Gruner Veltliner. For red Ice Wine, the most popular grape is Cabernet Franc…especially in Canada.
Ice Wine is extremely sweet. Because of the sweetness, it is often served as a dessert wine. Ice Wine is very fruity tasting, and this goes along beautifully with its high sugar and acidity. Its alcohol level varies but most Ice Wines are usually around 10% alcohol.
Ice Wines stand out over normal dessert wines due to higher levels of acidity. Ice Wines pair well with most desserts. They also pair with strong cheeses such as Roquefort and older cheeses such as aged cheddar. I have found it to pair well with cobblers and crème brûlée.
Wine Bar Update
I am extremely excited to announce that the 530 Wine Bar will open on Wednesday, December 15th at 2 pm. Our team is looking forward to seeing you at the new wine bar. Please join us when you can.
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