Last week I made my way into wine country with my partner for the opportunity to check out The Ice House Winery, rounding out our mid-week Staycation. You may have heard of this cute little winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake as they were featured on The Big Decision where they took Jim Treliving’s advice and started making their famous ice wine slushies. Trust me, they deserve all the hype! I definitely have to thank Groupon as I never would have discovered this little gem otherwise!
Our tasting experience included a sampling of each of their four ice wines and a taste of their N’Ice Slushies. The Ice House Winery’s 2013 harvest included a Riesling, Vidal, Late Harvest Vidal, and a Cabernet Sauvignon. Their lighter ice wines have very tropical flavours, with a hint of pineapple in the Riesling and some peach in the Vidal. The Late Harvest Vidal tastes similar to the Vidal but isn’t quite as sweet. The Cabernet is the least sweet of them all as it takes on more mellow plum-like flavours. It pairs great with chocolate for those of you with a sweet tooth. However, if you’re a fan of more salty foods then opt for the Riesling or Vidal – it’s what I did as I came home with a bottle of each!
The whole tasting took us about an hour, mind you this was during the off season so we could just stop in. During the summer I do believe you need to reserve a spot, so if you’re looking for something to do in between destinations – it makes a great stop! Just make sure you’re responsible and don’t go past your limit as you get about 1oz of each wine (5oz total). Don’t worry, I made sure we had a ride so this wasn’t an issue!
Want to experience the tasting for yourself? Check out Groupon before it’s too late! If you want to read more about The Ice House Winery, check out their website! They also have great recipes for ice wine cocktails and instructions on how you can make one of their N’Ice Slushies yourself. I heard that the Riesling mixes well with tequila… so this could get dangerous! I think I’ll leave the slushies to the masters though, and I’ll be back to taste them again when the patio opens!