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Frozen Canadian grapes!

Frozen Canadian grapes!

 

In the Ontario town of Beamsville, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Niagara Falls, a small crowd of bundled-up figures crouched in a moonlit vineyard on a frigid January night, picking a crop of hard-frozen Gewurztraminer grapes.

With stars shining overhead and ice crystals glittering in the air, the temperature had dropped to minus 10 Celsius, or 14 Fahrenheit. Conditions were nearly perfect to harvest fruit for this year’s ice wine, a Canadian speciality.

Malivoire, one of the Niagara region’s boutique wineries, picks its ice wine grapes by hand. For this annual rite of winter it relies on a corps of more than a dozen volunteers, selected by a lottery, to get the grapes off the vine and crushed at just the right moment.

One of those chosen for this year’s harvest was Susan Smith, 64, a first-time picker who said she was attracted to the mystique of ice wine.

“This experience is something I’ve wanted to have for a long time,” she said. “Having those juicy, fragrant little bunches in your hands and being out under the stars.”

COMPLEX, FRUITY

Ice wine is almost a nectar that is rich with the flavours of apple, peach and apricot. Its hints of honey, nuts and, maybe, a dash of caramel provide a refreshing counterpoint to a blue cheese or fruit-based dessert.

“There is nothing else quite like ice wine … It’s a guilty pleasure,” said Eric Nixon, who works at Malivoire, adding that the wines – which sell for about double the price of most non-vintage Champagnes – are often associated with special occasions.
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“Icewine”

 

Ontario winemakers have started to wait patiently for temperatures to reach a minimum of minus 8˚ Celsius; just right for the winter harvest of one of Canada’s most cherished products, Ontario Icewine. While the harvest date of Icewine changes every year, the time for its biggest celebration is always the same. Wine Country Ontario is home to Niagara’s annual Icewine Festival and every January, the region turns into a wintry wonderland of Icewine sensations and unforgettable Icewine-inspired experiences.
Unique in the wine world, the Icewine Festival is a time when consumers have the best opportunity to discover and enjoy the delicious and luscious sensations of Icewine.

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