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Old 01-06-2005, 12:39 AM   #11
 
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Sort of "neat", Elf, that you found an icewine that wasn't supersweet!

The "sweetness" is a characteristic, and I have to agree that I'm not exactly in love with that trait!

I'd sooner my "whites" selection have some element of "dryness", and the classic, "award winning icewines" are all very sweet, thus sold in "splits" (ie "half bottles"), and, of course, used as "dessert wines", as they lack a pairing with any salad, appertif or entree...

If your wines come from BC, maybe you got a "last" harvest, perhaps "touched" by frost, as BC isn't exactly renowned for getting fully frozen...same grapes, same "nectar" characteristics...just more "water" that isn't frozen, so less intense sugar/nectars?

'99 was a year between "great" and "FANTASTIC" on our "Left" (aka "Wet") Coast...5 years late, I'll bet those "white wines" are getting to around or about their "best"....hold them up, and look to see if they are developing the "orangy ring" per my previous posting...when they even "Start" to...invite all your best friends (including me!) for a bit of a party!

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Old 01-06-2005, 12:19 PM   #12
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Lifter, it still needs a good creme brulee or cheesecake but I've had ice wines where even after a bite of a rich cheesecake were too sweet!! lol

These bottles are still very much yellow - but I think I need to drink at least one. Yes, I do believe the "late harvest" is a "cheaper" grade - though somehow I still managed to pay $60.00 per bottle!!

How about a dessert buffet - we'll open the wines - sounds good to me!
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I love to see that the much overlooked market of dessert wines is being explored, but eiswein or "ice wine" is just a small sub group of a much larger delicious world of dessert wines. You can trade your diabetic shock inducing ice wines in for a nutty muscat or tawny. Or you can have a real religious experience anddive into the worlds of sauternes, tokaji or some of the wonderful Austrian dessert wines.

If you have a hard time swallowing the bulging price tags of eiswein, there are many alternatives around the world that offer the same, or superior, quality dessert wine at a fraction of the cost.
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Never heard of it, but would be interested in trying it, buckytom.
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Old 01-14-2005, 04:35 AM   #15
 
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Took a couple clients on a "drive about" the Region today, and noticed a local icewine being offered for $19.95 (Cdn$) a bottle...(most likely a "split")...but here you go for "pricing"! that was at a "winery" where its actually produced!

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Old 05-06-2005, 02:40 PM   #16
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Had an ice wine on Long Island's Pellegrini Vineyards back in Sept. 04, it was sweet and gossamery yet slightly nectar-like. Maybe it was the surroundings and my state of mind at the time. I believe it was East End Tours and Next Stop New York that put the tour together.
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