Ice wine anyone?
This is a category of wine, that I am guilty of not giving the light that it deserves, which I should, as it goes so well at the end of meal or with dessert (you can skip it all and have it on its own too)
So, cheers to all those sweet tooths out there, I had to sacrifice myself to tell you all about this delicious wine.
Producer: Austrian-born and monastically educated, Karl J. Kaiser, and native Canadian Donald J.P. Ziraldo, a decendant of a family of winegrowers in Northern Italy, founded Innisklillin Wines on July 31, 1975, obtaining the first winery license granted in the province of Ontario since 1929. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake at the historic Brae Burn Estate, Inniskillin was founded upon and is dedicated to the principle of producing outstanding wines from vinifera wine grapes grown in the Niagara Peninsula.
Grape Variety: Riesling
Production: VQA Icewine is a highly concentrated dessert wine made by harvesting grapes naturally frozen on the vine at -10 C in December-January. Inniskillin VQA Icewine is internationally awarded and recognized and is exported throughout the world.
Tasting Notes: This 2012 Inniskillin has a golden honey colored dense and rich in flavors of apricot jam, tropical fruits, mandarin and honey. Crisp acidity that balances well with all the sweetness.
Sub-Region: Niagara Peninsula: Ontario home of the Niagara Peninsula wine region, leads as Canada’s region with the most area under vine. Ontario’s main grape varieties include Merlot, Pinot noir, Cabernet Franc and Riesling. The latter two show great success here for the production of ice wines, along with Vidal blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Appellation: VQA: Vintners Quality Alliance, is a regulatory and appellation system which guarantees the high quality and authenticity of origin for Canadian wines made under that system in British Columbia and Ontario. It is similar to regulatory systems in France (AOC), Spain (DO), Italy (DOC), and Germany (QmP).
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