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Cheers to the annual Icewine Festival

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Ontario's icewine harvest started and kicks off the 23rd annual Icewine Festival

VQA Ontario Icewine on the Vine (CNW Group/Wine Marketing Association of Ontario)

Niagara, Ont. – Just before Christmas temperatures in Ontario’s wine region dropped below minus 8 degrees Celsius.

You know what that means: Conditions were ripe for starting the region’s Icewine harvest.

And for kicking off the 23rd annual Icewine Festival, which will take place over three weekends in January.

In a statement, the Wine Marketing Association of Ontario says the festival officially begins on Jan. 12 with the Icewine Gala.

Celebrations will also kick off outdoors with a Winter WineFest from Jan. 12-14, followed by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival from Jan. 19-21 and Jan. 26-28.

For more details on the festival, click here.

As for the festival’s star, the Wine Marketing Association explains that Icewine is made from grapes that have been left to freeze naturally on the vine.

The beverage is “characterized by complex and intense flavours derived from concentrated sugar, acid and berry extracts.” Ontario’s VQA Icewine has earned recognition around the world.



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