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Ice Wine And Early Bird Specials

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Visions of Ski Lodges Dance In My Head

 

Happy New Year everybody!

Hopefully all my readers had a safe, enjoyable holiday.

I was supposed to babysit the grandkids last night, but my daughter and charming-son-in-law’s plans changed, so the Hubster and I went out to our favorite Italian restaurant for an “early bird” dinner.  Geesh, what’s become of us?

When we were younger, we used to go to New York City for New Years and party all night long; then the kids came along and we’d go out to our friends for a nice dinner and party and come home about 2 am.

Now, as Baby Boomer’s, it’s early-bird dinners, we stay home and the hubs turned in around 9 pm on New Years. Last night I blogged and tweeted and partied online doing the hashtag #lamenewyearseve.

I embibed a bit with sipped some Ice Wine on New Years eve.  There’s still some left from Christmas, and since it’s sort of officially still New Year’s Day, I’m finishing it I finished it.

Ice Wine and Settling In To a New Year

You may ask what’s Ice Wine?  No, this isn’t a paid post, or anything of that sort.  I didn’t know what it was either until I went to Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York to visit my brother one year.  We toured some wineries that had wine tastings, since it’s wine trail country up there.

Here’s the official Wikipedia definition of ice wine:

Ice wine (or icewine, as one word, or in German, Eiswein) is a type of dessert wine produced from 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.

When my brother visited for Thanksgiving, he brought a house gift of Iced Wine from Hunt Country Vineyards for my daughter.

Dessert Wine

I would describe it as smooth and sweet – almost like a brandy. To me, ice wine leaves a definite coating when you drink it, unlike a say perhaps Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or Burgandy wine. It’s meant to be an appertif, or after-dinner wine. I serve it in my Waterford Crystal wine glasses. Perhaps it could also be served in cordial glasses.

I’ve tweeted about ice wine, and Renee Ross from Cutie Bootie Cakes asked what it was.  Speaking of Renee – she was my Secret Santa Pal this year when I participated in the T.J.Maxx and Marshall’s Secret Santa exchange.  More on that in another post!

Now, in my mind I’m sitting by a roaring fire or wood stove looking out the window at the snow-covered ground in New England here.  I don’t ski anymore, but would be content to curl up in a ski lodge that has Wifi or read a good book, and sip a nice vintage ice wine!

I’m going to look into ordering some Ice Wine and nice wine glasses online, as it’s a long trip back to the Finger Lakes Region of New York.

I’ve found others locally at are equally as good – one has sweet flavors of pineapple and citrus while another has peach and honey flavors in it.

Have you tried Ice Wine?  What’s your favorite! If not, you might look into it for the holidays! It’ll make a great Christmas gift for Mom, Dad, Grandmother or Grandfather!

Happy Holidays!

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18 comments

  1. I haven’t ever tried it but it sounds yummy – I’ll have to see if we have anything like that here local in Missouri.
    .-= Janessa´s last blog ..New Year, New Post =-.

  2. I love this paragraph, so descriptive”

    “Now, in my mind I’m sitting by a roaring fire or wood stove looking out the window at the snow-covered ground in New England here. I don’t ski, but would be content to curl up in a ski lodge that has Wifi or reading a good book, and sip a nice vintage ice wine!”

    I LOVE ICE WINE! It is fabulous!
    .-= Laura @ MsWonka.com´s last blog ..Funny Friday – ‘I Love Lucy’ at the Chocolate Factory =-.

  3. I’ve never heard of Ice wine before but it sounds wonderful!

    Happy New Year and Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!!
    .-= Debbie in Nashville´s last blog ..Happy New Year! =-.

  4. Happy SITS Saturday!

    I LOVE ice wine! Unfortunately the real ice wine is around $100 a bottle around here (my absolute favorite is from Black Star). So it’s for very special occasions, at least we get a wine club discount :-)
    .-= The Local Cook´s last blog ..Apple Spice Waffles with Apple Topping =-.

  5. Ice wine sounds really good. If it is 100 bucks a bottle that will certainly only be for special occasions! You know I was so excited that you were my Secret Santa, funny how that worked out.

  6. YUM. I have never had Ice Wine but it sounds good. I am going to have to see if I can get some of this for myself. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy New Year!
    .-= Rob´s last blog ..Don’t Take My Picture =-.

  7. Hi Laura – sounds straight out of White Christmas, doesn’t it!

  8. Hi – I haven’t heard of Black Star. The New York vineyards and Washington State vineyard ice wines were very good. I couldn’t afford $100/bottle. I understand that Canada also makes some fantastic ice wines.

  9. Hi Renee – I was delighted to have you as my Secret Santa pal! Victoria did a wonderful job matching people up!

  10. Hi Rob – Hope you find some ice wine, it’s very unique if you haven’t tried it before!

  11. I had the chance to try an Ice Wine last Christmas and I loved it!
    .-= Jenna @ For The Love of Baby´s last blog ..I Don’t Do Stress =-.

  12. I’ve seen you tweet about Ice Wine, but since I don’t know anything about wine, I never asked you about it. It sounds lovely. I wish I could imbibe, but I’m sure a taste would be fine. Glad you enjoyed your NYE and NY Day too.

  13. Ice wine is wonderful. It is relatively expensive so we don’t buy it often. Years ago we bought a couple of beautiful bottles of ice wine made in Germany and tucked them away for a special occasion. We’ll be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in May and I’m thinking it is finally time to dust off the bottle and partake of this beautiful wine!

  14. That photo of the grapes is so cool! Thanks for the info!
    .-= Molly´s last blog ..I have lost my mind =-.

  15. I’m kind of embarrassed to say this but I’ve never actually heard of Ice Wine. It sounds really yummy. I’m heading to my wine store this weekend so I’ll ask my guy about it.

  16. I live in the Okanagan Valley surrounded by vineyards and wineries so Ice wine tasting each year is a must for me….I am not much of a wine drinkers, but Ice wine is my weakness.

    I always feel so bad for my neighbors and their helpers when they are picking the frozen grapes at night when it’s freezing outside, but the result is…..divine
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