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Freezing Temperatures Mean Ice Wine Harvest

Posted by perle0 on 2006-11-28 12:47:20 (2771 views)

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[Okanagan Valley]
Looking at temperatures of -17 C (1 F), wineries in the Okanagan Valley in Canada broke out the gloves, extra socks, and thermoses of hot coffee. The conditions are perfect for ice wine, a sweet dessert wine made from frozen grapes. Unfortunately, the conditions were not perfect for harvesting, with wind chills bringing temperatures down to -27 C (-17 F), meaning that the pickers would have a chilly night in the vineyard, risking frostbite to exposed skin. However, such hardships are the norm in the high-risk, high-reward game of ice wine.

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