If you’ve ever been out in early winter and seen grapes on the vine, you likely were looking at future ice wine — a sweet made-in-Ontario dessert beverage (and more!).
In this festive-themed interview, Lyndsey Smith asks Bill George, past-president of the Ontario Grape Growers, what makes ice wine special, when the ideal time to harvest is, and why the grapes must endure at least -8 degrees C to qualify as ice wine.
From there, we also learn about the sweetness level of the drink, why freezing is so important, how it’s harvested, and how best to enjoy it.
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Categories: Crop Production / Eastern Canada / Food / Food Processing / Fruit and Vegetables / Western Canada