A Guide to Sauternes and Ice Wines

English: Photo of ice wine grapes, frozen on t...

English: Photo of ice wine grapes, frozen on the vine. Niagara Peninsula, Canada Deutsch: Gefrorene Trauben auf der Niagara-Halbinsel in Kanada, vor der Ernte. Im Hintergrund erkennt man die Netze, mit denen die Trauben vor Vogelfraß geschützt werden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These wines are late harvested, when mists are created in the humid fall, causing a mold to attack the grapes. The trick, which requires considerable skill, is to harvest the grapes, which now look like raisins, at exactly the right moment, before the grapes become useless. It is a highly skilled, and labor intensive process.

 

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