Other than making maple syrup, playing hockey and living in igloos (Joking! We really don’t!), Canada is well known for being one of the best (if not the best) ice wine producers in the world. This is all thanks to our famous Niagara Falls region, where the cold winters work perfectly for producing frozen grapes for this wine.
Ice wine is a sweet dessert wine that is often served in small doses. It’s made from grapes that have been picked frozen off the vine and pressed prior to thawing. Since the juice in the grapes is frozen, it creates a concentrate which contains all the sweetness and flavour necessary for making an ice wine. Ice wine can come in red or white, though red tends to be more on the rarer side and thus more expensive!
I was informed by a wine connoisseur that Canada only keeps a small percentage of the ice wine produced here for sale and exports a majority of it because a bottle can sell overseas for more. Ice wine is by no means a cheap thing to begin with, but I’m glad we can buy it for a relatively more affordable price. The numbers may be dated, but back then he told me a bottle could sell for $300 overseas. Gastronomical! In the event you are passing by Niagara, the annual Ice Wine Festival is coming up this weekend. It’s a day of good food, ice wine sampling, and fun!