The 41th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival event is returning between February 23 to March 03, 2019. This year’s themed wine region is California! The wine festival will feature 175 Wineries and 15 Countries – with 53 participating wineries from California. Tickets sales for the […]
Vancouver International Wine Festival‘s Winery Dinners took place last night at Yew Seafood and Bar at the Four Seasons Vancouver Hotel. The Italian Dinner was featured Castello di Gabbiano‘s winemaker Frederico Cerelli for a night of exceptional Italian wines and west coast cuisine. Featured […]
It is a world-renowned style of wine that can only be crafted under specific -8 degree to -10 degree C temperatures, for which our cool Canadian climate is ideal. But to many Canadians, Icewine remains a bit of a mystery drink — they see a type of wine with deep colours in a skinny little bottle that they aren’t used to seeing on the wine shelves in the liquor store. It looks different than a typical bottle of wine, so questions are raised about how it should be stored, serving temperature, pouring etiquette, proper glassware and what should be enjoyed with it.
“Many people assume Icewine to be too sweet for their palate – perhaps comparing Icewine to the sweetness in maple syrup. says Scott McGregor, Winemaker at Lakeview Wine Co., a division of Diamond Estates Wine & Spirits. “In fact, this is not the case. Great Icewine has a delicate balance of sweetness and acidity, with concentrated flavours and fantastic pairing opportunities.”
Making Icewine is a detailed and complex process that starts during harvest when the winemaker decides which grapes are going to be left on the vines until winter’s deep freeze hits. There they will stay until late December or January — exactly when they are picked is determined by Mother Nature when she graces the vineyard with three or four days where the temperature stays below -8°C. The grapes, which now resemble little frozen marbles, are hand-picked and pressed while frozen to extract a small amount of sweet, concentrated nectar — typically yielding about 15% of what those grapes would have produced had they been picked during the earlier table wine harvest. Following the unique harvesting procedures, Icewines are then fermented and aged in the same process as a regular dinner wine. The Icewine is then bottled in their signature tall bottles and the sweet treat is ready to enjoy!
Recently, one of Scott’s creations – the Lakeview Cellars Cabernet Franc Icewine won a Gold Medal and Best Value distinction at the 2017 InterVin International Wine Awards. Not only did this Icewine score highly in the Red Icewine category – it also received top honours with “Best Dessert Wine” in the show– being among the top four scores of over 1200 entries from around the world.
- How do I store my Icewine? Icewines will keep for several years stored in the right conditions — on a slant to keep the cork wet, away from vibrations and with a consistent temperature around 12-15°C. But as with any table wine, not all Icewines will benefit from aging, and that all depends on the varietal selected. Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Merlot Icewines should be enjoyed while still young while something like a Riesling will age nicely. Once the bottle is opened, you should enjoy it within three to five days.
- How do I serve Icewine? Icewines are ideally enjoyed chilled between 10-12°C, so if you are taking out of the cellar it may need some time in the fridge. But it is finicky about the temperature. Too warm and it will lose its crispness; too cold and it cuts the aroma. Due to how sweet and rich an Icewine is, about two ounces per glass should suffice.
- When do I pour it? There is a stereotype that Icewine is a dessert wine and should be held to the end of the meal. And while it is great as a dessert, it also matches well with seafood or other main course dishes that involve something caramelized.
- What kind of glass is best? Ditch the skinny dessert glasses. To fully enjoy the aromas of Icewine, use a standard white wine glass that will allow the wine to breath and give you space to swirl the wine before enjoying it. Pro tip – chill the wine glasses in the fridge for 10 minutes before pouring the Icewine in.
- Do I have to drink it straight? Absolutely not. A splash of Icewine is a great addition to a cocktail or to add a little something extra to a glass of sparkling wine.
- What should I pair it with? If you are enjoying your Icewine with dessert, the first rule is you don’t want the dessert to be sweeter than the Icewine. If you have a white, enjoy it with fruit-based desserts while red Icewine is exquisite with dark chocolate. They are also ideal with a variety of cheeses — blue veined, triple cream, goat cheese, washed rind cheeses, aged cheeses, salty parmesan. If pairing with a main course, go spicy — Thai, Indian, Mexican or Creole. It’s a nice balance to the sweetness of the wine, and may help cool off a burning palate.
This is a classic Vidal Icewine with notes of honey, lychee, and citrus followed by a complex palate with a balanced, acidic backbone. This fresh and lively Vidal should be served chilled to approximately 12°C. This classic dessert wine pairs well with light desserts such as fresh fruit and cheeses or try it with an apricot tart topped with whipped cream.
Also, the SOLD OUT Lakeview Cellars Cabernet Franc Icewine 2013 has a vibrant and luscious Cabernet Franc Icewine from the Niagara Region, with a nose of cranberries, cherries & strawberry jam followed by a rich palate of fresh raspberries & ripe red plums. The Cabernet Franc Icewine pairs well with dark chocolate covered strawberries or a rich cherry cheesecake.
About Lakeview Wine Co.:
A division of Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc., Lakeview Wine Co. is found in the heart of Canada’s premier wine country, Niagara-on-the-Lake. At its state-of-the-art winemaking facility, Lakeview crafts several Ontario VQA wine brands from specially chosen and carefully managed vineyards from more than 25 grape grower partners in the Niagara Peninsula, including Lakeview Cellars, Fresh, EastDell Estates, 20 Bees and the unique McMichael Collection that pays homage to Canada’s famed Group of Seven artists. The Lakeview Wine Co. wine boutique is open daily all year, featuring a selection from each of its brands at the tasting bar. Also available year round is the unique Cellar Floor Experience, a tasting a tour of a 1,000-square-foot space in the heart of the winery where you will sip VQA wines amongst two-storey wine tanks and an ocean of more than 800 wine barrels.
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Vancouver Urban Winery (VUW) and Wine Director David Stansfield are pleased to announce the launch of their new premium, in-house Reliance Series, the first wines of their kind made entirely in Vancouver. Crushed and aged at Vancouver Urban Winery’s Railtown facility, the Reliance Red and […]
Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Vineyard is located in Duncan on Vancouver Island. Situated in the heart of Cowinchan Valley, Blue Grouse is one of the founding estate wineries on the island. The winery is family owned by Paul Brunner. Since 2012, the winery has undergone sizeable […]
The 21st Annual Champagne & Caviar by Liberty Wines Merchants took place at the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park. The event to benefit amateur sports in BC. Even though it was raining, lots of people came for an evening of bubbles of champagne, sparkling wine and caviar.
There was over 50 types of champagne from all over the world to try. Even a handful of local BC’s best was there . Brut, white, rose and red sparkling filled the night!
Codorniu Anna de Codorniu Cava Brut: Blanc de Blancs combines vivaciousness, freshness and fruitiness. The bottle is a pretty white. This bottle from Spain D.O. Cava, in Lleida, gives the grapes optimum concentration, lower acidity, and fuller body and intensity.
There were four kinds of caviar for sampling. Unsalted crackers, green onions, and sour cream were used also thereto enhance the flavor of the fish eggs.
Canella Bellini: This delicious blend of two parts sparkling wine, one part white peach juice and a few drops of wild raspberry is the epitome of summer. This Italian varietal of Prosecco is from the Veneto regions. Do not stored this long to enjoy its well balanced fragrance (I don’t think I would have a problem finishing this quickly)!
Okanagan Crush Pad: Another favorite for the evening was the Haywire The Bub with fermented and aged Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. This British Columbian Wine with vineyard in Oliver and Summerland, Okanagan, produces fresh, lively wine with warm bread aromas and a crisp green apple finish.
The Narrative XC Method on the other hand is dark with toasty. creamy notes with a medium bodied mouthfeel. FYI: XC is the roman numeral for 90, this wine lays in contact with the lees for a minimum of 90 days.
For more information on upcoming Liberty Wine Merchants events. Visit them HERE.
Come meet me at 397 Alexander Street. I fancy an evening at an unmarked address in Railtown any day. The Vancouver International Wine Festival was going strong. I just came off from a decadent five course Winery Dinner and swirling wines from Tasting Room makes this secret rendezvous […]
The 38th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival eight day event between February 20 – 28, 2016 came and went just like that. This year’s theme country focuses on Italy with 155 Wineries and 14 Countries. Aside from the Tasting Room itself, there are lots of wine events […]
Vancouver International Wine Festival is not one of those culinary events you can explore all in one day. This year between February 20 – 28, 2016 there are 155 Wineries and 14 Countries featuring Italia. Wine events includes International Festival Tastings, Wine Seminars, Wine Minglers, popular Vintners Brunch, and Winery Dinners liked Wines of Veneto & Sicily at Giovane Cafe at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.
Winery dinners are the perfect way to experience wine pairing, the wine producers over a multi-course dinner. I’m so excited to be invited for an evening to learn and discuss the food pairings.
Wines of Veneto & Sicily
$175 all-in (includes wine, dinner, taxes, gratuity) per person.
The evening celebrates the richness of Italian wine culture Edoardo Montresor of Montresor and Stefano Maggini of Feudo Maccari. Six great wines (paired by wine director Jill Spoor) delicious food from Fairmont Pacific Rim executive Chef Nathan Brown.
Speck: mint, buffalo mozzarella
Montresor Rose Royal Spumante, Veneto NV
Starting the evening off is a pale pink color sparkling that is subtle and has persistent bubbles. I liked the elegant notes of ripe apples and cherries. An easy start to any evening.
Scallop Carpaccio: blood orange reduction, sweet basil oil, chive flowers
Feudo Maccari ‘Grillo’ IGT Sicilia 2014
Grillo is a variety is native to Sicily and vinified to a fresh, light white wine with fruity notes and lemon zest. High mineral and beautiful finish. Grillo is well matched with seafood and shellfish appetizers.
Veal Osso Buco: fresh pea risotto, apple mustard
Montresor Valpolicella DOC Ripasso Capitel della Crosara, Veneto 2013
This sultry ruby blend of cherry, musk, spices and wood has a rich long finish. Dry on the palate with a velvety taste paired with veal.
Salame Spianata: Burrata, roasted campari tomato, domenica fiore, fried basil, panela
Feudo Maccari ‘Saia’ IGT Sicilia 2013
Creamy and smokey aromatic with wild cherry, spices and black olives. This lush wine finishes long and has a nice compliment to the fresh burrata and tomatoes. It would also pair wonderfully matched with full flavored meats/game.
Wild Boar Sausage: yukon gold potato gnocchi, piave truffle fonduta, shaved truffle
Montresor Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto 2012
One of my favorite wines of the evening. The intense ruby red color matches the refined full body smoothness of peach blossoms, violet, raspberry and mint. This wine pairs with spicy dishes, game and seasoned cheeses.
Marinated Loin of Lamb: confit fingerling potato, grilled eggplant caviar, roasted red pepper vinaigrette, preserved lemon, marinated nocellara olives
Feudo Maccari ‘Mahâris’ DOC Sicilia 2013
Maharis blends Mediterranean characters of balsamic notes and hints of cocoa and coffee. It is enjoyable with red meat and game because of its velvety tannins and spicy mouth feel.
Giovane Cafe at the Fairmont Pacific Rim
Cuisine: European Style Coffee Shop, Bakery, Italian Eatery
Mon 6:00 am – 7:30 pm
Tue 6:00 am – 7:30 pm
Wed 6:00 am – 7:30 pm
Thu 6:00 am – 7:30 pm
Fri 6:00 am – 7:30 pm
Sat 6:00 am – 7:30 pm
Sun 6:00 am – 5:00 pm
1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9
See Ya Later Ranch Winery Tour located in Okanagan Falls, Osoyoos, British Columbia is one of the best winery in BC. This October 2014, it won the most prestigious wine award in British Columbia – taking home the Premier’s Wine Award. See Ya Later’s 2012 Rover Shiraz-Viognier took honors out of 540 entries at the British Columbia Wine Awards. Our trip to See Ya Later Ranch vineyard was very enjoyable. We loved that they are a dog friendly winery and also because of the bittersweet romance tale of The Major and his wife. Long story short, Major moved to Okanagan Valley in 1919 to build a ranch and his wife from London said “see ya later”. Dogs became his friends and he later named his wines after his dogs.
The See Ya Later Ranch wine tour started from inside where we tasted the sparkling Brut. See Ya Later Brut notes crisp orchard fruit with a lively acidity for a refreshing palate. I loved the citrus flavors and hints of cream.
Next stop, we walked around the back where we soaked in the view high from the mountains. British Columbia is so beautiful. Often times I take this place for granted and there is so much to explore – right in my own backyard! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and patient. It was lovely learning about the different grapes, the history of the Okanagan Valley.
See Ya Later Gewurztraminer White Wine: This is one of the best overall Okanagan vintages with excellent flavor without being too sweet. Gewurz is one of my favorite white wines because it has a spicy aroma of lychee fruit, rose, melon and pink grapefruit. Crisp and dry.
After a long tour consider having lunch on the patio overlooking the vineyard. Until next time, See Ya Later! Next stop Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Winery Okanagan!
See Ya Later Ranch
Cuisine: Wine, Vineyard, Pacific Northwest
2575 Green Lake Rd, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0
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