What is Ice Wine?

Dessert wine that has been produced with grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine.  The sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze, but the water does, allowing a more concentrated grape must to be pressed from the frozen grapes, resulting in a smaller amount of more concentrated very sweet wine.  With ice wines, the freezing happens before the fermentation, not afterwords.  Due to the labour-intense and risky production process resulting in relatively small amounts of wine, ice wines are generally quite expensive.


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