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Date:9/30/2014 6:22:39 AM
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Hi Lola
I'm doing your blog first tonight, cause it's a long one. Mom thought that California would import Icewine ... but, I guess not.
Icewine (or the German Eiswein) is a type of dessert wine produced from Reisling grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine ... allowing a more concentrated grape. Production is risky and requires the crop to be picked at a moments notice on the first morning that is cold enough (17 degrees or colder). Natural icewines require a hard freeze by law. The results are a small crop making it expensive to purchase. The bottles are small and you usually pay $50 and up a bottle. Canada & Germany are the words largest producers. Ontario Canada (our next door neighbor) is the main producer in Canada (75%) and we also produce it in my area.
Since the fruit must be pressed while it is frozen, pickers work at night or very early morning, harvesting in just a few hours in unheated spaces. The rules must be followed or it can not be labeled Icewine.
Hope this helps.
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