Wednesday, April 9, 2008

I Swoon For Ice Wine.......

Oh Baby...Eiswein is a great dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze. But the water does, allowing for a more concentrated grape 'must' to be pressed from the frozen grapes, resulting in a powerfully sweet grape concentrate!! With Ice Wines the freezing takes place BEFORE the fermentation process, NOT afterward such as what happens with a fine Sauterne or Trockenbeerenauslese!
(Ahhh Beerenauslese, AND Trockenbeerenauslese are my favorite wines)
People might say That I'm a lilly because I like these sweet wines, but I say drink what you like!!
Only healthy grapes stay on the vine for this process, and harvest may not occur until the following calender year...
Due to the labor-intense and very risky production process, resulting in relatively small amounts of wine. Ice Wines are generally quite expensive..
My very thoughtful daughter Amanda, bought this bottle for her Daddy...
I hope you can see the joy in my face for this Thursday Portrait....


Serena said...

I'm not much of a wine drinker, but I do like my wine sweet. I didn't know there were ice wines; I'll have to try it. VERY nice Thursday portrait, Mr. Galen.:)

jillie said...

I have never heard of it. I am not much of a sweet wine drinker but maybe I'll have to check it out!

Love that mug!


Pam said...

you're not a lily, just a connoisseur of fine wine :) daughter was very thoughtful w the wine and that's a great photo

barman said...

What a wonderful thing for her to do. You are looking mighty pleased there. For me I am afraid it would be waisted as I probably would be OK with a boone's farm wine like strawberry hill. I never was a wine person.

S said...

How thoughtful of her to think of you. Enjoy it!

javajazz said...

mmmm, ice wine!
no dahlink, you are no lily,
you is one hip man,
not to worry.
i dont drink
but i loved ice wine
cuz its got
a gorgeous taste
and a cool processing method,
no pun intended.
i dig Iniskillen...
i think its 54 bucks a bottle.
some people
actually pour it on ice cream,
but yuck, man...
its sweet.
you're sweet.

Evalinn said...

Oh than looks very interesting, can I try some?

Happy Thursday! :-)

lime said...

mandy was indeed very thoughtful and i am now more educated. i had no idea what eiswein was.

buffalodick said...

That stuff isn't that easy or cheap to find! I've had it once, and it is special...

Breazy said...

I am not much of a wine drinker but you sure make it sound great!

Have a beautiful day!

Cha Cha said...

Okay, Galen. This shit sounds mighty yummy. I think I may have heard of it before, but I never knew exactly what it was.

If I saw that it was in a bottle like that I would know that it is more of a dessert wine, though.

And I would know that it is very, VERY yummy-licious.

I will have to make an attempt to try some someday.

I'm just lovin' the handlebar-type mustache thing you have goin' on intertwined with the soul patch and your ever-hot spectacles.

Much love to you, G-lilly.

Jazzy Parsley Marie,

Try Chambord over vanilla bean ice cream.

Soooooooo freaking yummy.

It's an amazing experience.

I actually used to be allowed this treat as a kid.

tsduff said...

Love the grapes in the snow...would love to taste your Ice Wine! Such a nice gift from your daughter too!

Akelamalu said...

I've never heard of ice wine, I love wine but not too sweet, not sure I'd like it. But hey what the hell I'd give it a try. :)

snowelf said...

I've never heard of it either, but it seems like something that would be easily accessible where I live. Everything up here is frozen! ;)

Are you inviting us over for drinks???


javajazz said...

mmm vanilla bean ice cream!
believe it or not,
i have never cared for
the taste of alcohol,
especially not mixed
with non alcohol stuff
like people make rum cake
and stuff like that,
i just cant go there!
even the sweet stuff
i cant drink much of,
tho i am a cheap date.
(tell your friends.)

i once made vanilla bean
whipped cream...
ooh baby, now THAT
is some flavour!
the ice cream is even better!

maybe ice wine popsicles...
its such a gorgeous taste tho...
picture little frozen grapes
just crunched into wine...
i dont even know what that means
but the ice wine processing
is just fascinating....

javajazz said...

i dont know if this link will work,
but we have an award winning
icewine in Ontario by Inniskillin

Bunny said...

Ooooh, I love Eiswein. You know, the Traverse City region produces some great ice wines. Perfect clime for it!

SignGurl said...

I'm such a loser when it comes to wine. I know nothing except that I do like sweet wines so I'm sure this would be most excellent.


GAB said...

I had not heard of that, but it would be something I'd like to try. Is this sold only in certain parts of the world? Road trip!

Cha Cha said...

HA!!! @ Fu Manchu!!!!

How about G-Manchu?

Fu G-chu? (Fuji Chew?)

Fu Man-G?


Vanilla Bean whipped cream?

Oh, my GAWD, yes that does indeed sound Heavenly. I think I could rock myself to sleep with a dispenser full of THAT.

Please tell me that despite the alcohol content, you like tiramisu?

It's SO yummy. Seriously. You simply cannot go wrong with Marscapone and Kahlua and chocolate.

Though, I think some recipes use rum.

I will tell my friends.

And you can come to Chicago and experience many a cheap thrill.




Donnetta said...

I have never heard of ice wine or eiswein. Hubby is fond of wine so I'll ask him about it. I do well to get water or a cup of tea down! What a pansy I am! Here's to you. Enjoy your wine...

G-Man said...

Why Thank You Ms. Sherry.

Love your Margaux Jildo..

Ciara..Welcome back

Bryan..I LOVE Boone's Farm!!

Thanks Suzay-Cue...g

Lisa..54 Canadian now is like 98.00 American Eh?


Now you know Trini :D

I LOVE Chambord..
Frangelica over ANYTHING!!!!

Hi Breazy..Thanks

You are a man about town!
I'll say that..Thanks

Hi Terry..
Anytime baby...G

You'd LOVE it..Trust me..G

Hi Snow..
Frozen?..Not You!!
Drinks..?..You Bet!!

I'm not spreading any cheap date Rumour!

Lisa Dear...
Thanks for the link..
Your so High-Tech..

Hi Bunny...
I surely do know TC, and Leelenau, And Old Mission..Thanks...G

It would explode in your mouth!!!

If I had a yamulke, I'd be.. Jew-Manchu!!

Hi Donetta..
55 tomorrow...
For me in about 10 minutes...hehehe

G-Man said...

Gabby Gale...
I missed you, sorry!
I'm sure Minnesota has Ice Wine!!

snowelf said...

Galen sweetie!! My 55 is up! :)

Evalinn said...

G-man, I´ve been doing some thinking. I think I might switch from HNT (because it kinda feels like I´m done with that) to Thursday Portrait. However I still don´t want to post my face...portraits can be of the rest of my body, right?