And 12 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Icewine
At the time of this writing Southern Ontario is in the midst of a ferocious cold snap. The kind of bone-chilling, eye-watering, skin-stinging, sub-zero temperatures that prompts weather warnings and sends most of us scurrying for cover under blankets and beside roaring fires.
Most of us.
There are a frozen few – well several hundred, more likely – that have been waiting with eager anticipation for this cold streak. Ontario’s Icewine growers and makers needed this double-digit freezing spell to harvest our most famous wine export. With about 60 wineries around the province making 900-thousand litres of the prized nectar every year, this week’s inhospitable climate has received a warm welcome from the wine industry.
And this severe weather couldn’t have come at a better time, as Friday kicks off the start of the Icewine Festival in Niagara. Running a cool three weeks, the annual event will launch with the swanky Xerox Icewine Gala, followed by a weekend street party in Jordan, that moves Niagara on the Lake the weekend after. Wineries are also opening their doors to Discovery Pass holders – visitors anxious to get their hands on some Icewine and try it expertly paired to specialty food offerings.