The most memorable local eateries along the highways and back roads of America
Sign In | Register for Free!
Restaurants Recipes Forums EatingTours Merchandise FAQ Maps Insider
Forum Themes:
Welcome !

 Ice wines, my first taste

Author Message
DLnWPBrown

  • Total Posts: 832
  • Joined: 2/16/2004
  • Location: Cary, NC
Ice wines, my first taste Mon, 02/2/09 3:23 PM (permalink)
   Well all, I had my first taste of ice wine last night. I prefer a sweet wine and this hit the spot. We were over at a super bowl party and our friend Eric pulled a slender, tall bottle out of the fridge and poured samples for 3 of us. I was blown away, it was great. Mind you, I am not a wine drinker but loved this stuff. I believe it was Chinon Blanc. It was out of Canada and really a beautiful wine. I think it was $26. I plan on picking up a couple bottles soon.

Anyone else know much about ice wines?


Dennis in Cary

<message edited by DLnWPBrown on Mon, 02/2/09 3:28 PM>
 
#1
    sbpressman

    • Total Posts: 23
    • Joined: 12/9/2003
    • Location: Huntington, NY
    Re:Ice wines, my first taste Mon, 02/2/09 4:38 PM (permalink)
    It was likely a "Chenin Blanc" - a variety of grape suited to sweet wines. Chinon is a wine region in France, but one that is not known for dessert wines.  Ice Wines, like other dessert wines that are not "fortified," derive their sweetness from a combination of ripening on the vine and concentration of the juice.  In the case of wines like those from Sauterne, the botrytis fungus infects each grape, causing it to shrivel and lose moisture. This concentrates the juice. In the case of ice wines, the grapes are left on the vine during the first freeze.  They partially freeze -- the water turns to ice, but concentrated juice remains in a liquid state.  The grapes are pressed immediately, before the ice melts.

    Dessert wines that aren't schlock can be pretty expensive -- usually over $20 and up to several hundred per bottle. But they are also some of the greatest wines on earth. Nothing like a Mogen David or jug wine, they are viscous, often have complex flavors/aromas like honey, butterscotch, grapefruit, almonds, etc.  Great with nuts and fruit, but also with foie gras.
     
    #2
      CCinNJ

      • Total Posts: 7745
      • Joined: 7/24/2008
      • Location: Bayonne, NJ
      Re:Ice wines, my first taste Mon, 02/2/09 5:59 PM (permalink)
      I ADORE ice wine. It is not very common  to see ice wine, served in a bar or restaurant, in the NYC area. I am going to focus on some creative ideas, to motivate the serving of ice wine. Many have never heard of it, but usually enjoy it (if they like sweet wine) after tasting it.
       
      BTW, the first annual New York Ice Wine Festival starts this week, in Fairport NY (I think there are other ice wine festivals, but this is the first year for this specific IW festival). I hope to make a visit, on my way to Buffalo.
       
      http://www.casalarga.com/IceWineFestival 
      <message edited by CCinNJ on Mon, 02/2/09 6:17 PM>
       
      #3
        ScreamingChicken

        • Total Posts: 4723
        • Joined: 11/5/2004
        • Location: Stoughton, WI
        Re:Ice wines, my first taste Mon, 02/2/09 6:20 PM (permalink)
        Our local winery (Wollersheim) produces an ice wine from St. Pepin grapes and it's really good stuff.  The 2007 version is currently selling for $47 for a 375ml bottle.

        Brad
         
        #4
          seafarer john

          Re:Ice wines, my first taste Mon, 02/2/09 7:56 PM (permalink)
          Eiswines (icewines) made from Riesling are the standard against all others are measured. Sauterns and a few others are different in that they are made from mold infected grapes are are much rarer and expensive.

          Just about all the better Finger Lakes producers make an icewine and they range in price from about 25 to 85 bucks per small bottle - and they are all good. The stuff is a delight to sip after dinner ay time you want to spoil yourself.

          Cheers, John
           
          #5
            NYNM

            • Total Posts: 3037
            • Joined: 6/16/2005
            • Location: New York, NY/Santa Fe, NM
            Re:Ice wines, my first taste Mon, 02/2/09 9:20 PM (permalink)
             I hear "eiswein" I think Germany: auslese, beerenauslese, trockenbeerenauselese, eiswein. Ja!
             
            #6
              Sundancer7

              Re:Ice wines, my first taste Tue, 02/3/09 5:57 PM (permalink)
              I have always wanted to try a ice wine.  I understand they are produced after a frost or a freeze has encapulated the grape?  I also undertstand that the ice wine is not very common?
               
              Perhaps I can try it sometime in the future.
               
              Paul E. Smith
              Knoxville, TN
               
              #7
                DLnWPBrown

                • Total Posts: 832
                • Joined: 2/16/2004
                • Location: Cary, NC
                Re:Ice wines, my first taste Tue, 02/3/09 7:54 PM (permalink)
                I had heard of ice wines a few years ago and remember reading an article in Gourmet a couple of years ago. Sunday was my first chance to try them. I do know it was a white wine and I really liked it.


                Dennis in Cary
                 
                #8
                  WarToad

                  • Total Posts: 1787
                  • Joined: 3/23/2008
                  • Location: Minot, ND
                  Re:Ice wines, my first taste Tue, 02/3/09 8:32 PM (permalink)
                  I love a glass of ice wine on a fall evening.  But they are so intense, just one.  Savored, slow, fully swished around and enjoyed.

                  And yes, Sundancer.  They are the very tail end of harvest, left on the vine to first freeze or slightly beyond.  A very limited crop, reflected in their price.

                  A favorite from an old stomping ground:

                  http://www.ste-michelle.com/wines/horse_heaven/ice_wine_chenin_blanc.cfm

                  Typically in the $45 zone. 
                   
                  #9
                    NYNM

                    • Total Posts: 3037
                    • Joined: 6/16/2005
                    • Location: New York, NY/Santa Fe, NM
                    Re:Ice wines, my first taste Wed, 02/4/09 7:53 AM (permalink)
                     I have had icewine - It's good, quite sweet - just a few sips does it. Nice photo on Wikipedia:
                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_wine

                     
                    #10
                      WarToad

                      • Total Posts: 1787
                      • Joined: 3/23/2008
                      • Location: Minot, ND
                      Re:Ice wines, my first taste Wed, 02/4/09 8:04 AM (permalink)
                      NYNM

                      ...  It's good, quite sweet - just a few sips does it. ...


                      Exactly.  I don't have much of a sweet tooth.  I enjoy one glass, but one glass is enough.
                       
                      #11
                        Scorereader

                        • Total Posts: 5546
                        • Joined: 8/4/2005
                        • Location: Crofton, MD
                        Re:Ice wines, my first taste Thu, 02/5/09 1:11 PM (permalink)
                        one glass?
                        I don't think I could drink a wine glass full of ice wine.
                        I treat ice wine like an apertif and pour into small apertif glasses like these:  
                         
                        http://farm1.static.flickr.com/21/31176712_3b8ddd8778.jpg?v=0
                         
                        you may have seen similar sets for sale at Linens and Things or Bed Bath and Beyond.
                        <message edited by Scorereader on Thu, 02/5/09 1:17 PM>
                         
                        #12
                          analei

                          • Total Posts: 533
                          • Joined: 10/9/2008
                          • Location: ONTARIO, CANADA
                          Re:Ice wines, my first taste Thu, 02/5/09 1:39 PM (permalink)
                          Ice wine is classified as a dessert wine. I usually have it an apertif glass. I worked one year for vinter to learn about wine and such.

                          Its quite nice, but sweet, and thus best savoured in a small amount.  Usually they are white, however, Inniskillen has produced a pinkish red one that retails close to 100 dollars (CDN). I cannot afford it, but did sample some at a wine tasting.

                           
                          #13
                            RibDog

                            • Total Posts: 593
                            • Joined: 6/6/2003
                            • Location: St. Petersburg, FL
                            Re:Ice wines, my first taste Thu, 02/5/09 2:33 PM (permalink)
                            That is probably the Cab Franc ice wine that you are speaking of from Inniskillin.  It is excellent.  It is one my favorites.

                            But Inniskillin's other wines are good also.  I just opened a 2002 Vidal and it had aged very nicely.
                             
                            #14
                              analei

                              • Total Posts: 533
                              • Joined: 10/9/2008
                              • Location: ONTARIO, CANADA
                              Re:Ice wines, my first taste Thu, 02/5/09 11:44 PM (permalink)
                              RibDog


                              That is probably the Cab Franc ice wine that you are speaking of from Inniskillin.  It is excellent.  It is one my favorites.

                              But Inniskillin's other wines are good also.  I just opened a 2002 Vidal and it had aged very nicely.

                               
                              Yes, that is it!  Vidal is one my favourite whites. When I make shrimp with linguine, its the wine I use. I suppose a dryer one would be better, but we all like it with the Vidal.

                               
                              #15
                                WarToad

                                • Total Posts: 1787
                                • Joined: 3/23/2008
                                • Location: Minot, ND
                                Re:Ice wines, my first taste Fri, 02/6/09 8:29 AM (permalink)
                                By 'one glass" - yes, small apertif glass is more than enough for me.
                                 
                                #16
                                  Online Bookmarks Sharing: Share/Bookmark

                                  Jump to:

                                  Current active users

                                  There are 0 members and 1 guests.

                                  Icon Legend and Permission

                                  • New Messages
                                  • No New Messages
                                  • Hot Topic w/ New Messages
                                  • Hot Topic w/o New Messages
                                  • Locked w/ New Messages
                                  • Locked w/o New Messages
                                  • Read Message
                                  • Post New Thread
                                  • Reply to message
                                  • Post New Poll
                                  • Submit Vote
                                  • Post reward post
                                  • Delete my own posts
                                  • Delete my own threads
                                  • Rate post

                                  2000-2014 ASPPlayground.NET Forum Version 3.9
                                  What is Roadfood?  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Roadfood.com   Copyright 2011 - Roadfood.com