Weekly Wine Defined – Ice Wine

There is one good thing about this frigid weather we’re experiencing, the conditions are right for ice wines. These wines are a type of late-harvest wine that are made from grapes left on the vine far beyond the typical harvesting season. These grapes actually freeze before they are picked.
Because the water in the grapes freezes and when pressed, the water crystals remain in the press. The results are highly concentrated flavors, rich colors and increased sugars. Ice wines almost always come in small (375 ml.) bottles and the price tag reflects the rarity of such wines.