One-Tank Trip for Dec. 27/14
(c) By Jim Fox
It’s time to chill out again in Niagara Wine Country.
The colder the better for this annual party in the dead of winter that celebrates icewine.
The dessert wine renowned for its intense flavours, rich bouquet and smoothness is something that’s rivalling maple syrup as a Canadian iconic product around the world.
|Enjoying a glass of wine at one of the Niagara Icewine Festival events.|
For three weekends in January, the Niagara Icewine Festival will mark its 20th year.
“The festival offers plenty for every taste – from elegant gala evenings to irresistible wine-and-food pairings and outdoor activities from exploring ice street villages to marshmallow-roasting along the famed wine route,” said Kimberly Hundertmark, executive director of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.
Icewine is produced from grapes that have been left on the vine after the fall harvest.
Once the temperature dips to -8C or lower, the frozen grapes are handpicked and pressed immediately to carefully release a thick, rich, yellow-gold liquid, highly concentrated in natural sugars and acidity.