Ice wine - what is it?
Both red and white varieties of wine are extremely popular - just visit your local supermarket and youll find literally hundreds of varieties. To many, these are the only varieties of wines on offer. However, there are many lesser known varieties of wine - one of which is ice wine.
Understandably unheard of by many, ice wine is produced in very small amounts. This is largely down to the very specific conditions in which it has to be manufactured.
The grapes used in the creation of ice wine are typically fully ripened and kept in temperatures of around five degrees Celsius for several days. These chilled grapes are subsequently picked during the dark of night and then gently pressed.
Fermented water crystals and sugars found in the grapes provide ice wine with a very sweet and unique taste.
The small amount produced each year makes a bottle of ice wine an extremely desirable item - a factor that also makes it both very rare and extremely expensive.
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Date added:04/01/2012 18:00:04