The town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is best known for its spectacular waterfalls. However, it also boasts of a culinary delicacy - Icewine; a variety of wine made from frozen grapes.
A good icewine can only be made with grapes harvested from the coldest days in winter. This gives the wine its sweetness and soft, sparkling and syrupy texture. The pricy drink is oft used as an accompaniment with desserts.
The irregular and relatively mild climate this year made it difficult to harvest grapes over the last few weeks. Fortunately, however, low temperatures over the last week has allowed for frozen grapes and their picking.
It is now time to taste the cold climate delicacy.
The month-long Niagara-on-the-Lake Ice Festival brings together everyone interested in the wine and its making and gives them a chance to learn more about this cold-season drink, through a series of tasting sessions and seminars.
The seminars, titled Get Schooled in Cool, will be held from Jan. 14 onwards and will continue till Jan.28. These seminars will be held in the afternoons and be hosted by an icewine maker, who will detail the wine-making process and answer queries. The participants will also be allowed to taste samples.
In addition, this year's festival will also have a new attraction... a Icewine Hockey Classic Cup... where icewine makers will vie for the first Niagara Icewine Cup.
Call Tourism Niagara-on-the-Lake, at 905 468 1950 for more information.