Canada: Canadian Dessert Wines
What About Canadian Dessert Wines?
Canada has slowly but surely been building a reputation as one of the worlds most abundant and consistent producers of Icewine, a style of wine most closely associated with Germany. In Germany, Icewine is produced in miniscule quantities at astronomical prices; and even then, only in favorable years.
Most of Canadas Icewine is produced on the Niagara Peninsula, a cool growing region that can always count on a sustained cold spell in January to freeze Riesling or Vidal grapes on the vine. These grapes when pressed in their frozen state produce extraordinarily concentrated sweet wines with enough acidity to keep them fresh and uncloying. Given Canadas northerly latitude, other regions, namely the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, are also proving able to make outstanding Icewines. US consumers have not yet been urged to seek these gems by the mainstream media; hence, these wines are not in widespread distribution. Devotees and enthusiasts will have to look to specialist wine shops in major markets.
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