Posted by: Waheeda Harris | January 28, 2013

The humble grape of winter

ice wine grapesIn this part of the world, there’s not much growing in January – its hard to be fixated on local ingredients when the ground is frozen. But there’s still a harvest in the Niagara region, for the winter creation of Icewine.

In southern Ontario’s wine region, Icewine has become a reason to celebrate the cold temperatures and the bounty that comes at this time of year from Riesling, Vidal Blanc and Cabernet Franc grapes.

This dessert wine is a sweet drink – but there’s just as much variety in this category. The number of grape varieties used now including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Gewurztraminer, as well as offering it in new ways, like Peller Estates Ice Cuvee, a sparkling wine with 10% Vidal Icewine.

Every January, Niagara celebrates Icewine and its a worthy time to toss on the layers and go tasting locally – as well as see this region during the winter.

ice wine glasses

Niagara - Jordan Village Ice Wine Festival

Niagara - Icewine options

Niagara - grape king

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