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Old 09-25-2010, 04:28 PM   #1
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why is ice wine so expensive

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Old 09-25-2010, 07:39 PM   #2
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I did a quick google search to find out what ice wine was and google answered your question. They are from grapes picked while frozen on the vine. Apparently it takes a TON of grapes to make it

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Also, traditionally, the grapes are only picked on Christmas eve and because of their frozen state, they must be picked by hand.

Limited grapes = limited production

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You go out in the vineyard in sub-freezing temps to pick grapes. You'll want a bigger paycheck than the dude who get to do it in the warm sunshine.

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Pretty much the same reasons Trockenbeerenauslesen are expensive. Labor-intensive, lower yield per acre, and higher risk because it requires more specific cooperation from the climate than a normal wine.

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and they have to be pressed frozen to

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My wife is from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, where some of the best icewine in the world is made. Ten times the grapes are needed for a bottle of icewine, and yes, they have to be picked by hand, at night, in winter.

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My wife is from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, where some of the best icewine in the world is made. Ten times the grapes are needed for a bottle of icewine, and yes, they have to be picked by hand, at night, in winter.
If it takes 10 times the grapes, then at $25/bottle it's actually cheap!

Kinda. Sorta.
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Also, traditionally, the grapes are only picked on Christmas eve by tiny little elves wearing birthday suits and tossle caps.


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When I get the pictures together of our trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake I'll post a description of our trip and all the ice wines we sampled... it was a phenomenal vacation!

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