Riesling Ice Wine

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By Mark Adams

Mark is a professional winemaker, former winery owner, author and frequent speaker on wine.  He currently teaches wine classes throughout the United States.

I have always enjoyed dealing with our neighbors from the great white north. One of the reasons is that I think the Canadians make one of the world’s greatest wines, Riesling Ice Wine

No, you can’t revoke my wine card for that statement, but hear me out, anyway

Obviously their climate is not conducive to making traditional wines. But they have actually adapted several varieties and winemaking styles to their environment. Namely, ice wines.

Canadian ice wines start out usually as riesling grapes and are typically grown in the Ontario region, which is just north of Michigan.

Like sauternes they are left on the vine well into the growing season, but unlike Sauternes they are actually left on the vine through the first frost.

Only then are they harvested. By leaving the grapes on the vine until the first frost, the grapes become very sweet.

The frost shrinks the grape and concentrates their flavors into a thick and syrup like juice. Very little juice comes from the grape, but what comes out is like liquid gold.

The wine is not only sweet, but has a very full body. Kinda like me, I guess…

Because of all the labor in the production process, this wine usually starts at about $25 a bottle.

Because a small amount of this wine goes a long way, the bottle is usually 375 ml or half the size of a regular sized bottle.

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This is a wine that a lot of people like in the beginning stages of drink wine. The sweetness is what appeals to them. Later on is when they think of it as a dessert wine.

Serving ice wine is also very easy.  It’s perfect right out of the refridgerator or at about 42-45 degrees.

This wine is not your everyday Tuesday night pizza wine, but if you’ve never had this special treat, I would strongly suggest that you give this wine a try.

If you do, you can die happy!

Whether its Sauternes, riesling ice wine or Port or the many other varieties of dessert wine, give them a try. You may never look at dessert the same way again.

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