This Weekend's Pick

Wine of the Weekend

Strewn ‘Ice Time’ Icewine 2016 VQA

It’s getting down to crunch time and your to-do list is looking good, but there are still one or two gifts to grab and you need a little something extra for dessert this weekend. Luckily, you only need to shop for one item to check off the rest of the list – Strewn Ice Time Icewine is a delicious finish to any meal and the decorative Hockey Player bottle it comes in makes a great gift for the hockey fan in your life. You may need to get a bottle for yourself to celebrate checking the last items off your list!

Tasting Notes: Strewn’s ‘Ice Time’ Icewine is 100% Vidal, a white grape that can handle the coldest of winters and can produce fruity, concentrated grapes for making icewine. Rich flavours of peach, apple, apricot and tropical fruit burst from the glass and across your palate with great balance and a long finish.

Enjoy With: Very rich foods like fois gras, strong cheeses, and sweet, fruity desserts like pies, or just sipping on its own. If your holiday table will feature any of those items, a bottle of Strewn Icewine will be the finishing touch!

Style: A sweet, fruity, full-bodied dessert wine.

Terroir/Region: Canada, and Ontario particularly, is known throughout the world for making killer icewine. We have warm summers for growing and ripening grapes followed by a quick switch to temperatures below zero, essential for icewine as grapes must be picked and pressed while frozen. This traps the frozen water in the grape while pressing out the sweet, syrup-like grape juice that will be made into one of the best dessert wines in the world!

Producer: The site of the Strewn winery has been well-known for over 70 years, going back to when the buildings housed a cannery for Niagara fruit growers. Eventually the cannery closed and in 1997, vines were planted and the Strewn winery was founded. The original buildings are still used and have been renovated to house the winery, restaurant and cooking school that make up Strewn.

Availability: Strewn ‘Ice Time’ Vidal Icewine 2016 is available in the Ontario section of your local LCBO and will be around all year, so if you have any hockey focused birthdays in the new year, it can still be your go-to gift!

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Price: $29.95

LCBO#: #484048

Size: 200mL

Alcohol Content: 12% alc./vol.