When we discussed dessert wines last week, we left out one very special variety—the ice wine. As we embark into the bitterly cold month of January, now is probably a good time to let you know that some good can come of such weather. If you’ve never tried an ice wine before, you’re missing out on an especially sweet experience, created under very unique conditions.
As the name implies, ice wine is made from grapes that are harvested and processed at freezing temperatures. This leads to a wine with a higher sugar content and notes you might not expect to find in an average dessert wine.
Many ice wines come from Canada—as you might expect, the climate of our northern neighbors is especially suited to this varietal. The Inniskillin Winery in Ontario, just on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, produced the below video to give you a peek into how they create their well-regarded ice wines.
Something to keep in mind if you decide to purchase a bottle and serve it to your guests…even though the wine is produced in temperatures below freezing, it’s best to store the wine between 45 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and serve it only slightly chilled, between 41 and 46 degrees.