Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Even the grapes have frozen in Colorado.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Joe said...

But have you not heard? Ice wine is all the rage! The vintners let the grapes freeze and the ferment becomes a more subtle wine with a different kind of body.

4/2/07 5:55 AM  
Blogger Tseka said...

really?
i know brussel sprouts and artichokes taste better after a nip by frost.

Wine too eh?

4/2/07 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Yep. It's called Eiswine or Icewine. Here's what one maker has to say:

"To make Icewine, the grapes are left on the vine until after the first frost hits. These grapes are harvested after being frozen in the vineyard and then, while still frozen, they are pressed. They must be picked early - before 10 a.m. During both of these processes the temperature cannot exceed -8 degrees C. At this temperature (-8 degrees C) the berries will freeze as hard as marbles. While the grape is still in its frozen state, it is pressed and the water is driven out as shards of ice. This leaves a highly concentrated juice, very high in acids, sugars and aromatics."

There are strict criteria that this product must meet to be considered Eiswine.

4/2/07 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Oops, I misspelled it! Should be Eiswein.

4/2/07 10:41 AM  
Blogger jm said...

I've heard about this. Sounds like a very precise activity. Humans can be good at that.
Frozen shards of grape ice sounds wonderful.

4/2/07 3:10 PM  

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