Best Icewine Wine

Icewine is produced when grapes are left on the vine well past the regular harvest into the cold winter months. These grapes are picked at -8 degree Celsius or 18 degrees Farenheit and then pressed while still frozen.

Canada and Germany are most famous for this dessert wine. In Canada, it's called icewine whereas in Germany it's eiswein.

Canadian vintners use both the vidal and riesling grapes while Germany uses mostly riesling, which has more balancing acidity for this sweet wine. This wine has a medium to full body, with a long finish and surprisingly low alcohol of, on average, just 10%.

My reviews of these Icewines are updated weekly. These Icewine wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Icewine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Icewine in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.
 

Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Riesling Icewine 2007
Vqa, Okanagan Valley, Bc, Canada
A gorgeous, beautifully scented dessert wine with aromas of apricot preserves, honeysuckle and peach jam. Great finesse and balance! It finishes with aromas of lime drops and longing. Riesling Icewine food pairings: toasted almonds, strong cheeses, lemon custard. Alcohol: 11%  Sweetness: Sweet  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2020  Price: $60.00 Score: 94/100

This Riesling Icewine was reviewed June 22, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 00063657005781  Check Stock
BC: 597120  Check Stock
SAQ: 00597120  Check Stock
 

Trius Winery at Hillebrand Vidal Icewine 2012
Niagara, Ontario
A stunningly rich and satisfying icewine with notes of peach, pear and apricot preserves. Perfect with a fruit flan or cobbler. Alcohol: 10%  Sweetness: Sweet  375 ml  Drink: 2013‐2019  Divine Dessert Wine  Price: $30.00 Score: 92/100

This Vidal Icewine was reviewed January 4, 2014 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 137687  5 in stock
 

Henry of Pelham Estate Winery Cabernet Franc Icewine 2010
V.Q.A., Short Hills Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Liquid loveliness! Life is a glassful of fleshy ripe cherries. Perfect for dessert. Cabernet Franc Icewine food pairings: cheesecake, with (or drizzled over) strawberry-rhubarb crisp, filling in homemade chocolates. Alcohol: 9.8%  Sweetness: Sweet  200 ml  Drink: 2010‐2016  Divine Dessert Wine  Price: $39.95 Score: 90/100

This Cabernet Franc Icewine was reviewed June 22, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 672402  Check Stock
 

Pillitteri Estates Winery Niagara-on-the-Lake Riesling Icewine 2007
V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada
Great finesse and balance in this lovely dessert wine! Aromas of lime drops, honeysuckle and apricot preserves. Riesling Icewine food pairings: aperitif, sponge cake, fruit salad. Alcohol: 12.5%  Sweetness: Sweet  200 ml  Drink: 2010‐2016  Price: $30.00 Score: 92/100

This Riesling Icewine was reviewed July 20, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 6 27128 12310 9  Check Stock
 

Dan Akroyd Vidal Icewine Signature Reserve 2005
Niagara, Ontario, Canada
The frozen vidal grapes were harvested early in December 2005 after temperatures fell. After settling of the juice, cool fermentation was completed in mid-February when the wine was placed outdoors to stop fermentation. The wine was then transfered into small French oak barrels where it aged for a period of 12 months. Loaded with layers of apricots and honey, with a rounded oak finish. Vidal Icewine Signature Reserve food pairings: foie gras, soft creamy cheese like blue and stilton, desserts, chocolates. Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Sweet  375 ml  Favorite Dessert Wine  Price: $79.95 Score: 89/100

This Vidal Icewine Signature Reserve was reviewed July 15, 2008 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 58842  Check Stock
 


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Icewine

The aromas include tropical fruit such as pineapple, mango, melon, apricot, lychee as well as honey.

Icewine is especially lovely with fruit-based desserts, biscotti, foie gras, cheeses and dishes with a touch of sweetness such as glazed ham.