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Happy Hour: Inniskillin Sparkling Ice Wine

At the Aspen Classic, PartySugar and I came across Inniskillin, an ice wine maker from Canada. Their Sparkling Ice Wine was unbelievably delicious and a true dessert wine treat. Although it has a rather high price point, around $70 for a 375ml bottle, ice wines cost more than regular dessert wines because they're produced from grapes that have been frozen on the vine. The labor-intensive technique results in a sweeter, very concentrated wine.

The sparkling varietal from Inniskillin has a light hint of apricot and caramel. The tiny bubbles brighten the body, making it less syrupy. It would pair well with fruits, poundcake, or blue cheese, but it's tasty enough to sip on its own.

The folks at Inniskillin call their sparkling ice wine "liquid gold," and I've got to say, they're not far off. Have you ever tried ice wine? What did you think of it?

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taratootie taratootie 9 years
I LOVE ice wine! Its like supe sweet and so grapey and just delicious. I just bought some, in fact. And some meade... and some tokaji aszu... and sake... and veuve. Uh, well I look like and alkie but I went to an awesome store that I only go to like every six months and I stocked up for all contingincies! Yeah, but ice wine IS DEF LIQUID GOLD... MMMM.
ccy ccy 9 years
I find them a little too sweet but I do enjoy it. Especially when reduced down in a syrup and poured over crepes with fruit and ice cream! YUM! My favorite treat at the Grape and Wine Festival in Ontario!
MandeeLei MandeeLei 9 years
I would love to try it! I bet it would be perfect for a romantic special occasion. My husband and I just celebrated our 1 year anniversary and that would have been a nice touch we wouldn't have minded splurging on.
Babycakes1234 Babycakes1234 9 years
I've had this and it's wonderful. Not something you'd drink every day but a nice change. The wine country of British Columbia does this to perfection.
nancita nancita 9 years
I have been dying to try ice wine. This one sounds delicious: apricot and caramel! Yum!
TheMissus TheMissus 9 years
OMG people... I LOVE Icewines. And I had my wedding in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario... We had some icewine there. Icewine is delicious. If you are a "foodie" or "winey", I highly recommend a vacation to Niagara-On-the-Lake. You can bike ride from vineyard to vinyard in the region... Doing tastings.
dcfashionista dcfashionista 9 years
Sounds delish but out of my price range.
ewray4381 ewray4381 9 years
My fiance and I love ice wine. We're not big wine drinkers, but heard about ice wine on NPR and were intrigued. I would love to try the Inniskillin, but it's probably not available around here. I actually have a hard time finding ice wine close to home, living in the suburbs of Philadelphia means there's not many people willing to pay more money for less wine.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
I LOVE Ice Wine. We buy some at the duty-free in airports every time we go to Canada!! It is THE best place for it. I remember a few years ago that the VQOA (the governing wine body in ONtario) went to court with Japanese "ice wine" makers as they were selling "ice wine" at a crazy cheap price yet it wasn't real. Ice wine is so expensive because of how delicate and unpredictable it is to produce. It is totally worth it, though!!!!! Here in France, a bottle of Canadian ice wine is SUPER expensive...I'd give anything to only pay $70 for it! LOL
plasticapple plasticapple 9 years
I've never even heard of it! It sounds yummy though! :) I'll have to look for it.
courtneyd courtneyd 9 years
I love ice wine - Inniskillin is one of my favorites. I generally splurge for special occasions or holidays with a bottle.
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
I have never tried ice wine, however we have a teeny tiny bottle of it from Inniskillin that our friends got for us when they were there!
Jem83 Jem83 9 years
I love ice wine, and Inniskillin is amazing... It's a little pricey, but a fabulous treat.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
I've never had ice wine. On dessert drink menus, I tend to gravitate toward port, but the positive reviews people have been posting are certainly piquing my interest.
ahles ahles 9 years
Ice wine is loverly! Some great ones out of Canada. Reds are the best, but hard hard hard to find.
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 9 years
It's splendid. My friend had a bottle that she shared with me. I didn't know it was more expensive,though -- I'm not sure I would buy it for myself.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I'm a huge fan of ice wine. I'm kind of craving some now...
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
It definitely sounds like something I would like to try. But unfortunately it also sounds like something I'll have to wait for someone to buy me since that's way out of my budget.
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