Canada did not invent ice wine, but they sure have perfected it, and turned it into a country icon akin to maple syrup, hockey, and Tim Horton’s coffee.
The difference between ice wine, late harvest and select late harvest is the sugar level. Ice wine has the highest sugar level on the sweet scale.
Icewine law states that the temperature must drop to -8C for optimal picking.
Icewine is the sweet concentrated nectar of the ‘iced’ grapes, left on the vine until the juice is concentrated to its ideal level.
Canada’s Niagara-on-the-Lake is the main hub and biggest producer of ice wine, hosting the Ice Wine Festival annually.
THE ICE WINE MARTINI
Georgia Lane’s indulgence of choice
THE CLASSIC ICE WINE MARTINI
1 oz Icewine
2 ozs premium vodka
DIRECTIONS Mix Inniskillin Vidal Ice wine with premium vodka. Shake over ice and garnish with a frozen grape. Mix a twist of the classic version and try with other Ice wine varietals such as Cabernet Franc or Riesling!