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  • Inniskillin 2006 Vidal Gold Ice Wine Review

    Inniskillin 2006 Vidal Gold Ice Wine Review

    Canada should be proud of their ice wines, the Vidal Gold shows a crisp gold color with a clarity and distinction. It swirls around the glass and leaves a nice thick coating across the glass. The Inniskillin Vidal Gold brings a sweet scent with ripe pears and over-ripening apricots. To validate my point, I bit into an apricot and got similar flavors without the over-sweetening of the ice wine, the apricot was much more subtle and mild compared to the […]

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  • Everyday Drinkers Special: Ice Wines with Kevin Karl

    Everyday Drinkers Special: Ice Wines with Kevin Karl

    If you’re curious about ice wines this is the interview to stimulate your ear drums. We’re talking with Kevin Karl who breaks down the concepts of ice wine from history to regulations and reputations. What makes a good ice wine, what is the VQA and what regions are famous for ice wines. Kevin Karl can be found representing Inniskillin and Jackson-Triggs ice wines. What makes an ice wine so rare and costly? Listen on to know it all.

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  • Ice Wine Cocktail: Classic Ice Wine Martini

    Ice Wine Cocktail: Classic Ice Wine Martini

    The Classic Ice Wine Martini is a twist to a standard vodka martini. This finishes our ice wine segment and gives you yet another ice wine cocktail alernative to those purchasing ice wines in the near future. Besides cocktails, those with a sweet tooth will definitely find joy in ice wine. Have you tried an Inniskillin ice wine?

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  • Ice Wine Cocktail: Ice Queen Recipe

    Ice Wine Cocktail: Ice Queen Recipe

    The Ice Queen, a recipe using a more common ice wine from Canada: Vidal. The vidal grape is a hearty little hybrid that can struggle through the winters more easily which translates to a lower costing ice wine style. In a cocktail, it adds a unique sweetness with hints of apple and pear. In this cocktail, we’re exploring the fruitiness behind an ice wine cocktail which also has an explosive potent finish thanks to the Tito’s Vodka. Read our Jackson-Triggs […]

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  • Jackson-Triggs 2007 Vidal Ice Wine Review

    Jackson-Triggs 2007 Vidal Ice Wine Review

    The Vidal Grape is a hybrid grape designed in the 1930′s that turns out to have a great hardiness to colder climates and a bit of a resistance to certain molds. It also happens to be a grape variety that grows well in Canada and the northern United States which explains why we’re reviewing a Jackson-Triggs 2007 Vidal ice wine from Canada. I poured a glass and found it to be a great golden apple coloring, perhaps like a rich […]

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  • Inniskillin 2007 Cabernet Franc Ice Wine Review

    Inniskillin 2007 Cabernet Franc Ice Wine Review

    The Inniskillin 2007 Cabernet Franc is a red ice wine, something of a rare breed of ice wine around my parts. It’s fairly easy to find many white ice wines but a red wine is definitely something neat and new. This Cabernet Franc pours much like a dark cranberry juice with a semi-translucent rich clean look. The nose of this 2007 Cabernet Franc is that of sweet cranberry fruit cocktail much like the color but continues with smooth pear flavors […]

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  • Ice Wine Cocktails: Common Man’s Frozen Cherry Recipe

    We’re tasting another ice wine cocktail but this time we’ve invented our own: Common Man’s Frozen Cherry. This is great for those experimenting with ice wines for the first time as it uses a full 1 oz. measure and keeps its structure throughout the cocktail. While this cocktail is super sweet, ice wine fans are used to such sweetness given the natural properties of an ice wine. However, we’ve balanced it out with a slight bit of sour cranberry juice. […]

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  • Ice Wine Cocktail: Tantric Kiss Recipe [video]

    Our first ice wine cocktail using Inniskillin 2007 Riesling known as the Tantric Kiss. This cocktail is a super sweet style cocktail using our new sponsor, Haamonii Smooth Shochu instead of vodka along with some pinapple and cranberry juice and a little bit of peach schnapps. You can buy Haamonii Shochu at D&M.com.

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  • Inniskillin 2007 Riesling Icewine Review

    Inniskillin 2007 Riesling Icewine Review

    Today I was given a great opportunity to taste a 375ml bottle of Inniskillin 2007 Riesling Ice Wine (Niagara Peninsula VQA). I’m a huge fan of ice wines and this Canadian bottle has been tempting me to open it for almost a week and I couldn’t wait any longer. The 2007 Inniskillin Riesling pours a rich golden “apple juice” style coloring. I can smell the sweetness before even putting the glass to my nose. For those that don’t already know, […]

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  • 2003 Valckenberg Madonna Eiswein Review

    2003 Valckenberg Madonna Eiswein Review

    We’re still on our Ice Wine kick, this week we’re dipping into a 2003 Valckenberg Madonna Eiswein from the Rheinhessen region of Germany. This is the middle of the road Eiswein coming in at USD $34.00 to USD $40.00 and has familiar Ice Wine style traits with scents of peaches, appricots and potent grape. While the Covey Run Ice Wine had hints of pineapples and vanilla and the 2004 Höpler was a more expensive (USD $50.00) bottle with cedars, vanilla […]

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  • 2004 Höpler Eiswein Review

    2004 Höpler Eiswein Review

    When experimenting with Ice Wines or Eiswein, it may be in your best interest to try a lower cost brand first then work your way up. We started with a 2006 Covey Run Reserve and have moved on to a 2004 Höpler Eiswein, a product from Burgenland Austria. Ice Wines are sweeter, lighter and mild on the alcohol so they tend to make great after dinner drinks. The Höpler Eiswein is a 12% ABV wine, which is a bit more […]

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  • 2006 Covey Run Reserve – Semillon Ice Wine Review

    2006 Covey Run Reserve – Semillon Ice Wine Review

    If you’re looking to truely discover your palate in 2009, make a resolution to try a few Ice Wines. This is a complex tasting silky smooth textured wine made from frozen grapes on the vine. You’ll find the wine labeled as Eiswein or Ice Wine, depending on if the product is in Germany or elsewhere. Covey Run creates a Semillon grape, frozen on the vine, and produces a great tasting ice wine. Poured into a glass, the ice wine is […]

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