New York Ice Wine Festival at Casa Larga

March 27, 2014 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

Ice Wine FestivalA Mid-Winter’s Celebration  of New York Ice Wines and Cuisine

A good friend offered me a free ticket to the always sold out Ice Wine Festival. Come Hungry & Thirsty! Ice Wines produced in NY state with NY State grown grapes, in the traditional method are the stars of the festival. Along with great food from area caterers and specialty shops.

Ice WIne Festival3The Festival offers you the rare opportunity to sample and purchase these exquisite wines from all of New York’s wine regions in one location.

What is Ice Wine anyway?

It’s not legislated in New York State (as it in other countries) yet, but there is a strong movement to regulate the name so that ice wine can only be on a label only if the grapes were naturally frozen on the vine.

Icewinefestival1The secret to this wonderful treat came by accident. Leaving grapes on the vine late into the season was accidental. Panic ensued once temperatures dip below freezing and speedy harvest would frozen grapes.

Ice wine festival 2The grapes  quickly harvested and crushed before the sun thaws them yields a thick, honey-like liquid, full of concentrated fruit aromas and flavors. With white varietals (more often than not, Riesling and, in New York and Canada, the French-American hybrid, Vidal), there’s a lot of rich, ripe apricot, peach, and pear flavor, and often some spice and nuttiness.

In a normal table wine, the degree concentrated sugar levels—is usually somewhere in the 20s; ice wine is typically a minimum of 35, and sometimes higher.

Learn more .

Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Road Fairport, NY 14450

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