Christmas Gift Idea: Canadian Ice Wine

It’s 3 days before Christmas! If you still haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, this one’s for you.

Instead of giving away ordinary spirits and wine, I’m sure your family or relative would be delighted to have a bottle of this ice wine. I first learned about ice wine through my dad. This is his favorite type of wine. Canada and Germany are the world’s largest producers of ice wines. About 75% of the ice wine in Canada comes from Ontario. So when someone comes home from Canada, he’d ask them to buy him a bottle or two of ice wine.

Ice wine is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze, but the water does, allowing a more concentrated grape must to be pressed from the frozen grapes, resulting in a smaller amount of more concentrated, very sweet wine. With ice wines, the freezing happens before the fermentation, not afterwards. Only healthy grapes keep in good shape until the opportunity arises for an ice wine harvest, which in extreme cases can occur after the New Year, on a northern hemisphere calendar. This gives ice wine its characteristic refreshing sweetness balanced by high acidity.

Ice wines are normally bottled in these tall thin glass, as compared to the bulby based bottle of the normal wine. So when I saw these bottles yesterday at Sparkle bazaar, I knew I had to get a bottle.

These wines are also called as dessert wine. It’s more on the fruity and sweet side. It’sΒ  a refreshing alternative to sparkling wine. Each frozen grape creates just one drop of ice wine… so just imagine how tedious it is to make these. Normally ice wines wouldn’t go below USD50 and this bottle was up for only Php950.00–not bad for a luxurious wine.

For orders, you may get in touch with Ricardo Garcia 0917-5503145. He offers FREE delivery to Makati, Pasig or Greenhills.

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