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dessert wine. Ice wines are normally extraordinarily sweet yet balanced by bright acidity. They tend to be spicier and fuller bodied than traditional late-harvest wines. The best ice wines are produced in Germany, Canada, and New York, where the winters are earlier and colder.

How is Ice Wine Made?

To make ice wine, the winemaker leaves the grapes on the vine, long after traditional harvest season has ended, hoping neither rain nor hungry wildlife gets the grapes first. As soon as the temperature drops sufficiently and the grapes freeze, the grapes must be picked before dawn, and pressed before they thaw. Because much of the water in the grapes is frozen, the pressed juice is concentrated, rich in flavor and high in sugar and acidity.

Why is it called Ice Wine?

Ice wine is named after the process in how the wine is made. Because much of the water in the grape freezes, but the sugars and acid do not, this produces a more concentrated juice. Thus, it is named ice wine because the grapes are pressed while frozen and before they thaw.

Where is Ice Wine Made?

Germany, Canada and New York – having early and cold winters in common – produce the best ice wines in the world.

What are Popular Ice Wine Brands?

Some of the most popular Ice Wine brands include: Inniskillin Vidal Ice Wine, Jackson Triggs Vidal Ice Wine, and more.

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