Unusual Icewine

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There was a time here in Canada when Icewine was only produced from Riesling, Vidal and occasionally Gewurztraminer. Today, however, Icewine is made from many grape varieties. Whites include Seyval Blanc, Chardonnay, Kerner, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Semillon and Ehrenfelser. Some work better than others because of their fruitiness. Even more astonishing are the reds: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and even Syrah/Shiraz. It’s hard to envision the tannin and earthy notes of many reds translating well to this naturally frozen nectar, but somehow they do. Either way, you should try some of these odd, varietal Icewines. They’re an unusual delight.

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