Ice wine is the delicious dessert wine made from grapes frozen on the vine. Because it requires natural freezing, the wine can only be produced in a few of the world’s wine-growing regions. The Finger Lakes just so happen to be on of those regions and Casa Larga Vineyards upcoming Sip & Learn class will focus on this unique wine making process.
Because ice wine grapes are left to freeze on the vine, they produce a more concentrated must. When grapes freeze, it is the water in them that freezes, not the sugars and other dissolved solids.
The production of ice wine is a risky endeavor, however. Winemakers hoping to produce ice wine have to rely on the freeze to occur before their grapes rot. Further, ice wine grapes require harvest within a few hours on the first morning that they have frozen. Few vineyards have the staff to do so concentrated a harvest with such short notice.
Consequently, relatively small amounts of ice wine are made worldwide, causing ice wines to be somewhat rare and pricey.
The Sip & Learn: Ice Wine class at Casa Larga Vineyards will go over this delicate process. You’ll also learn about the difference between Ice Wine and Iced Wines and Late Harvest varieties. Ice wine pairings and recipes will be discussed and, best of all, you’ll be able to enjoy some Ice wine pairings first hand!
Sip & Learn: Ice Wine is the 5th and final class in Casa Larga Vineyards’ 2017 Sip & Learn wine class series. Sip & Learn classes have focused on the basics of wine, how it’s made, comparing the various aspects of wine, pairing it with foods, and specific types of wine. The classes have included a look at wine production, Rieslings, Chardonnays, and Red Wines.
The Sip & Learn series is put on by Casa Larga Vineyards, in partnership with the Perinton Recreation center, and have been very popular. If you’ve missed any of this year’s series, be sure to check back again next year.
Sip & Learn: Ice Wine at Casa Larga Vineyards
January 10th, 2018, 6:30pm to 8pm
Casa Larga Vineyards and Winery
2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, NY 14450
Visit Casa Larga Vineyards online and register for the Sip & Learn: Ice Wine class.
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