Ice Wine

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by MarkHastings, May 17, 2005.

  1. MarkHastings

    MarkHastings Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2003
    Messages:
    12,013
    Likes Received:
    1
    Anyone had this before? I hear it's mainly a Canadian thing, but a vineyard in Rhode Island makes it. I just tried some and it wasn't bad.

    If you're not familiar it's more of a desert wine...I guess they wait 'till the 3rd frost of the season and make the wine from the frozen grapes. The grapes are so ripe that they are incredibly sweet. You can only drink a little shot glassful at a time, but it's pretty neat.

    EDIT: Here's a more accurate decsription:
    http://white-on.com/taste/ice-wine.htm
     
  2. Dennis Nicholls

    Dennis Nicholls Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 1998
    Messages:
    8,936
    Likes Received:
    347
    Location:
    Boise, ID
    Real Name:
    Dennis
    Eiswein actually originated in Germany. Sort of a late-harvest Trokenbeerenauslese. Bring plenty of DM...er, Euros.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Philip_G

    Philip_G Producer

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2000
    Messages:
    5,030
    Likes Received:
    0
    huh, never heard of it.
     
  4. Leila Dougan

    Leila Dougan Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2002
    Messages:
    1,352
    Likes Received:
    0
    I love Eiswein! Yummy yummy stuff! Oh, and very expensive too.
     
  5. Abby_B

    Abby_B Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    May 2, 2005
    Messages:
    607
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've had it...yum!
     
  6. Daren Welsh

    Daren Welsh Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2002
    Messages:
    660
    Likes Received:
    0
    And here I thought the Icy Hot Stuntaz were releasing their own vintage [​IMG]
     
  7. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

    Joined:
    May 19, 2002
    Messages:
    12,060
    Likes Received:
    0
    The reason for the additional sweetness is not in the ripeness of the grapes, but rather that the freezing has increased the percentage of the sugar content in the grapes by reducing the amount of water.

    Trokenbeerenauslese (and Berenauslese) German wines (and the French Sauternes, such as the great Chateau d'Yquem) gain their high sugar content when the grapes are infected with a mold, botrytis cinerea or noble rot that reduces the water content.

    The wines made from botrytis infected grapes have a distinctive flavor that is immediately identifiable. Eisweins never have that additional complexity, no matter how sweet or luscious they may be.
     
  8. Paul_Medenwaldt

    Paul_Medenwaldt Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2001
    Messages:
    649
    Likes Received:
    0
    Oh this stuff is good. There a few vineyards in my area that produce Ice Wine. Half the size of a a regular bottle of wine and twice the price, but very sweet.

    Paul
     
  9. MarkHastings

    MarkHastings Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2003
    Messages:
    12,013
    Likes Received:
    1
    I'll have to see if the wine shops carry any, but I hear they are hard to find. Actually I don't know if you can even get this without getting it straight from a vineyard?
     
  10. Greg Morse

    Greg Morse Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 1998
    Messages:
    156
    Likes Received:
    0


    Inniskillin is fairly easy to find in New England at least in my neck of the woods. The NH state owned liquor stores on 95 carry it and the duty frees along the Canadian border carry it. I know I've seen it at other Packies along the way, but it's pretty damn expensive outside of duty free.
     
  11. Jeff Gatie

    Jeff Gatie Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2002
    Messages:
    6,531
    Likes Received:
    15


    To translate for my fellow Boston area poster, a "Packie" is short for "Package Store", which means liquor store. I know I always got strange looks when I used this term out of state and just want to clarify.[​IMG]
     
  12. Greg Morse

    Greg Morse Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 1998
    Messages:
    156
    Likes Received:
    0


    The most I ever got made fun of for calling it a Packie is when I came to Boston from CT for college. It was BU, though, which is just Jersey and Long Island moved north.
     
  13. Jeff Gatie

    Jeff Gatie Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2002
    Messages:
    6,531
    Likes Received:
    15


    [​IMG]
     
  14. Peter Kim

    Peter Kim Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2001
    Messages:
    1,577
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'd love to pick up a bottle of '90 Chateau d'Yquem, but I'm all tapped out after buying 2 bottles of '95 Chateau Margaux. [​IMG]

    Anyway, for those whose budget and sensibilities don't allow for the sauterne, d'Yquem, look at the eisweins, Inniskillin or even a better value, Hillebrand.

    However, a dream on my list is to enrapture in the finish of a bottle of d'Yquem with my wife.

    It's one of those at least try once in your life pursuits.
     
  15. Jason Hughes

    Jason Hughes Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 1998
    Messages:
    882
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    Jason Hughes
    Is this something Trader Joe's would have?
     
  16. BrettB

    BrettB Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2001
    Messages:
    3,019
    Likes Received:
    0
    Does it come in a box? If it doesn't come in a box I want no part of it. [​IMG]
     
  17. Ari

    Ari Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 1999
    Messages:
    202
    Likes Received:
    0
    For those who love German Rieslings and Sauternes, do yourselves a favor and try some Hungarian Tokaji. Szepsy and Kiralyudvar are my two favorite producers. Similar style but with more acidity to hold up to the sugar. I'd start at 5- or 6-putts....or if you want to splurge you can go straight to aszuessencia or essencia....

    Some Vouvrays are great as well....Domaine Huet comes to mind...
     
  18. Greg Morse

    Greg Morse Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 1998
    Messages:
    156
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've only had the Royal Tokaji 5 putts, which seems to be a middling brand, but I absolutely love it. Can't wait to happen upon some of the better brands. The NH stores only seem to carry the Royal Tokaji and the only other store I see it at has the bottles positioned in a rack next to a south facing window. Nothing like a little direct sunlight on clear bottles. Idiots.

    Port is my true love. If I could only find bottles of Burmester 30 in the states.
     
  19. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

    Joined:
    May 19, 2002
    Messages:
    12,060
    Likes Received:
    0
    [​IMG]
     
  20. MarkHastings

    MarkHastings Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2003
    Messages:
    12,013
    Likes Received:
    1
    Everyone keeps talking about the price, what are the prices of these bottles?
     

Share This Page