We Asked an Expert Everything You Need to Know About Icewine

T’is the season for wine.

Christmas parties, as a gift for your dinner hosts, and a glass at home to unwind after holiday shopping stress – it’s pretty essential, to say the least.  

And while reds and whites are staples, the unexpected hero this season is a bottle of icewine.

And while we know we like it, most if us don’t know as much about icewine as we do other wines. That’s why we turned to wine expert Angela Aiello, Founder of the popular iYellow Wine Club, for everything we need to know about icewine this season.

How Do You Serve Icewine?
Stemware is essential in appreciating a fine glass of icewine to showcase all of its wonderful aromas and flavours. The Riedel Icewine glass was developed specifically to allow the icewine to breathe, highlighting its intricate flavour profile on your palate. Icewine is full of rich intense flavours so be sure to sip it slowly like you would a scotch or bourbon.

What Dishes Do You Serve Icewine With?
Although frequently enjoyed on its own after a holiday meal, icewine is an ideal partner to dessert. Keep in mind to pair it with flavours slightly less rich than the liquid itself, so as not to overpower it. For example, I always enjoy Inniskillin Vidal Icewine with crème brulee or Inniskillin Sparkling Cabernet Franc paired with angel food cake and fresh strawberries. Surprising to some, icewine is the perfect match with rich and aged cheeses like Gorgonzola or Gruyere, easily adding culinary interest to a basic cheese board. 

How Do You Store Icewine?  
Keep icewine with your regular wine bottles in your cellar or wine fridge. Be sure to keep them lower than room temperature and not in the freezer. Once you open a bottle of icewine, I recommend keeping it in the fridge to preserve its longevity. Icewine can last upwards of a month or more when kept in the fridge. Icewine can keep in your cellar for decades! And remember, the older the icewine the more precious and special it is.

What Do You Do With an Opened Bottle of Icewine?
Keep it sealed air tight in the fridge for a later date. Another thing to keep in mind for the food lovers is that Icewine isn’t just for drinking. It‘s an extremely versatile liquid and can be used in the making of some of your favourite desserts and brunch items, or in reductions and sauces.  

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