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Snooth User: HS Law

Ice wine regions

Posted by HS Law, Jun 10, 2009.

Every time I travel to a place near the Niagara Falls region, I always hear about sale promotions of ice wine. I'm just wondering what other places produce fine ice wine as well?

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Reply by John Andrews, Jun 10, 2009.

The Niagara Wine region, although known for it's awesome ice wines, does have many producers of still table wine. The wine industry in Southern Ontario is still very young and is learning how to produce there but they do make some very good quality wines. For more information on the region check out:

http://www.niagarawinetrail.org/
http://winesofontario.org/

If you need any recommendations, there are a few of us here that are familiar with the region that can make some.

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 10, 2009.

How about other regions in the new and old worlds?

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Reply by cabulous, Jun 11, 2009.

I think Germany is the only other major producer of ice wine (called Eiswein) but Oregon, Michigan and Luxembourg make some also. I've only had Canadian though

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Reply by Degrandcru, Jun 11, 2009.

Iecewine (Eiswein) originated in Germany. For many years Germany and Austria were the only countries producing icewine until in the 70´s Canada started production as well. I still think for the top Icewines you have to go with Germany or Austria (but that might just be my European arrogance).

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 11, 2009.

Ditto to Degrandcru's comments. I haven't had any New World icewines for many years because those I tried back then were a pale shadow of what I'd had from Germany and Austria. I'll be interested to hear of any from Canada or other regions that stackup well against those from Europe...

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Reply by MTB, Jun 13, 2009.

I've been a big fan of Ice Wine for years, and I think, in general, the only New World producers that are producing great Ice Wine are the wineries of the Niagara region. I've tried a couple from upstate New York that were very disappointing. I've come across one Ice Wine here in Connecticut at Hopkins Vineyards that I was really impressed with, but I still remain partial to the Niagara Ice Wines. Finally, I haven't had much exposure to the German or Austrian Ice Wines as I have difficulty finding them here in the States, although I did sample a few on a trip to Germany a few years back. Anyone know of any distributors or wine shops here in the Northeast (NYC, CT, MA area) that might carry a selection?

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Reply by John Andrews, Jun 17, 2009.

I have a Canadian bias but not all ice wine from Canada is good. Both Niagara and Okanagan produce very good ice wine. Ones that I love are:

Peller Estates Riesling Ice Wine: http://www.snooth.com/wine/peller-e...
Peller Estates Cab Franc Ice Wine: http://www.pellericewine.com/produc...

Inniskillin Riesling Ice Wine: http://www.snooth.com/wine/inniskil...

I generally find the vidal based ice wines too sweet but vidal ice wines that are oak aged are nice.

All are age worthy and will benefit from a few years of cellaring.


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