wootvirgin69 wrote:Oh, that is BRILLIANT! Love it. I also love your ability to attach a method to the madness (even if it is just an excuse to try more good wine). If I have my +1 bring an ice wine, is there a particular varietal that should be focused on, or are we just going for production style on this one?
The most famous (and expensive) ice wines are German Eiswein and Canadian Icewine (where the name is written as one word), but ice wine is also made in Australia, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and United States. Canada has become the world's largest ice wine producer.
Typical grapes used for ice wine production are Riesling, considered to be the most noble variety by German winemakers; Vidal, highly popular in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada; and, interestingly, the red grape Cabernet Franc. Many vintners, especially from the New World, are experimenting with making ice wine from other varieties: whites such as Seyval Blanc, Chardonnay, Kerner, Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, and Ehrenfelser; or reds such as Merlot, Pinot Noir, and even Cabernet Sauvignon. Ice wine