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Extreme Winemaking!

  • Sep 4, 2009
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The first time I've had a taste of icewine was in the Okanagen valley of Canada. In the beautiful city of Kelowna, I had my first taste of this amazing wine in a vineyard with the awesome view of the lake as its backdrop.I do not recall the name of the vineyard but I don't think it's Inniskillin. I enjoyed the wine so much so I thought about getting a home in Kelowna thereafter & I was not even a drinker! Not now and certainly not back then!

However, after I left Canada, I found Inniskillin to be one that's popularly & successfully marketed across the world. Other than champagne, port and some dessert wines, Icewine is one of my favorite type of wines. Apart from the Niagara Falls & the Canadian Rockies, Icewine is probably something that's truly unique to Canada. I've lived in Canada for 3 years and cold is something that you've to enjoy to continuing living there. Hehe... that's one big reason why I'm not living in Canada right now. I don't enjoy cold weather that much! BUT, I enjoy COLD drinks a great deal. Icewines are great stuff! :-) Love it, love it, love it!

As a product, I think the Canadian has successfully marketed it as something truly unique, sensual and yet untouchable. It's something that you'd want to pick up when at the duty free shop. At least you'd want to buy it for someone special, if not for yourself! I love the fact that it doesn't come in a huge bottle either. And sometimes when you're lucky, you can find those tiny bottles which the airport duty free shops usually give it as gifts. Those are great for one's own enjoyment! As I've mentioned in another earlier review about Oregon's Hood River Vineyards Marionberry Wine, I love sweet wines & icewine is one such wine. According to Inniskillin: "The finished Icewine is intense, sweet and sumptuous, yet balanced with brilliant acidity, creating a unique sensation on the palate. Renowned for fruit flavours ranging from mango to peach to lychees, Icewine is truly a natural wonder and extreme winemaking at its best, yielding the impressions of tropical tastes wrought from the frigid extremes of the icy Canadian winterscape."


Inniskillin Ice Wine, Vin de Glace from Ezi Evolution on Vimeo.

If you like to find out more about icewine and its making, watch this video by Inniskillin.
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September 04, 2009
I first found out this type of wine in @ToshiEats' review of ice wine.   He claims that it's "like biting into a grape"!  You and I have very similar tastes in wines (I like sparkling and ports, too), so I think I'm going to like this! :)
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Quick Tip by . March 06, 2010
Luxurious and sweet... the best for special occasions & celebrations! Lovely wine and souvenir from Niagara!
Quick Tip by . November 19, 2009
One of the few things Canada is famous for. Sweet & a lovely ending to a great meal!
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Inniskillin is a Canadian winery located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Noted for their icewine production, Inniskillin has played an important pioneering role in the modern Canadian wine industry. Since 1994, Inniskillin also operates a winery in Okanagan, British Columbia (Inniskillin Okanagan) in addition to their original location (Inniskillin Niagara).

Inniskillin was founded by Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser and saw its beginnings in 1974. Before embarking on the Innskillin project, Ziraldo was running a grapevine nursery and Karl Kaiser, a trained chemist, was a home wine maker. The first vines were planted in 1974, and since the duo had the ambition to make better-quality wines, their vineyard was planted with traditional European grape varieties, of the Vitis vinifera species, chosen from those cultivated in colder European regions. Their first vineyard, of 32 acres (13 ha) was planted with Riesling, Chardonnay and Gamay.

At that time the wine industry in the Niagara consisted of five bulk wineries growing American ("non-vinfiera") vines, and no winery licenses had been issued since 1929. Inniskillin's license in 1975, which Ziraldo successfully lobbied for, was therefore the first post-prohibition license issued in the region. The company Inniskillin Wines was formally incorporated in July 31, 1975, and the first ...

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