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Vidal Ice Wine and Riesling Ice Wine | The Wine Virgin
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Vidal Ice Wine and Riesling Ice Wine

March 13, 2008

I love Vidal ice wine and Riesling ice wine as well but is there a difference between late harvest wines and ice wines? - Nick in High Point, NC

Right now it is good to note that Vidal ice wine and Riesling ice wine are also late harvest wines, but keep in mind that not all late harvest wines are also ice wines. Late harvest is a term applied to wines made from grapes left on the vine longer than usual. This makes the grapes naturally dehydrate, concentrating their flavors as they take on sweet, raisin like qualities. Both ice wines and late harvest wines are made in a very sweet style but they are not to be confused.

Ice wine is popular in the cold northernly wine regions of Germany and Canada where the grapes can freeze on the vine. As the grapes are pressed, the frozen water crystals are eliminated, leaving the highly concentrated sugar behind. There are also “icebox” or “iced” wines made from grapes that are picked and then frozen mechanically.

It can be a little bit difficult for a wine virgin at times with a ton of different terms to learn and sort through. All you have to do is be patient and be willing to explore and try new things. I assure you that your curiosity will not go unrewarded. Cheers!!

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