This past weekend the girls of Gush and our entourage took off for a getaway weekend at Niagara on the Lake. We hopped aboard the Grape Escape for an all day wine tour adventure which included visiting 5 different local wineries. Ah what a life!
At three of our stops we were introduced to different types of icewines. Never being a fan of icewine myself I decided to be a little more open minded and give it a go. And, I learned that I am indeed a fan.
Not sure what Icewine is? Icewine is a rare dessert wine produced from the juice of naturally frozen grapes that have been picked in the middle of a cold Canadian winter. The process for harvesting icewines is labour intensive and quite risky as it is reliant on steady temperatures to produce. Did you know that Icewine is always picked at least -10ºC? It also generally results in small amounts of wine, hence why it can be a bit on the pricey side.
Today I am going to share with you three fantastic icewines that would be perfect for your next dinner party, bridal shower or wedding.
First Stop; Riverview Estate
At Riverview we tried the 2009 Riesling Icewine.
“It is brilliant gold, alluring and seductive; this is an absolutely delicious icewine! Enticing, lifted aromas of lemon-grass, crème brulée, pineapple, marmalade drift from the glass. The texture is luscious yet refined—sweet, ripe fruit balanced with subtle, refreshing acidity. The balance is outstanding and the finish, reminiscent of lemon marmalade, goes on forever. Enjoy on its own or pair with strong cheese or foie gras.”
Next, we visited the Brother of Riverview – Pillitteri Estates Winery
At Pillitteri we tried their award winning 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine. “An alluring burnt apricot hue provides a peek on the complexity and intensity of this Icewine. The aroma teases with apricot, peach and mango, with a delicate caramel sensation coupled with nutmeg.”
Lastly, Peller Estates
Their Cabernet Franc Icewine was definitely one of my faves!
“Made of 100% Cabernet Franc. The aroma renders the boldness of ripe red berries with complex notes of spice and the sweetness of rhubarb. Once sipped, the reward is that of an explosion of luscious red berries, delicate, yet complex spice and rhubarb with a lingering finish reminiscent of fresh limes. Pairs well with red fruit based desserts and dark chocolate. Serve chilled at 8-10C.”
Our Somelier at Peller even suggested drizzeling this Icewine over vanilla ice cream – sold!
While travelling through these wineries I had a thought… Instead of doing a late night sweet table how about a dessert icewine bar with strong cheeses, fruit or even ice cream – yum! You heard it here first…
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