Have you ever tried Ontario ice wine? If you haven't, you should. This amazing sub-genre of Canada's commercial wine industry has won many awards over the years, most notably Le Grand Prix d'Honneur at the 1991 Vinexpo in Bordeaux France. This award is given out once a year by a panel of international judges who sip and taste wines from literally every corner of the winemaking world. The prize was quite an honor to bestow on a variety of wine that had only begun commercial production in Ontario in 1982.
The complex method for making Ontario ice wine is modeled after the centuries old techniques for making German Eiswein. (The first ice wines were produced in Germany about 700 years ago.) According to Canadian law, in order to be considered true ice wine, all grapes must be harvested after the first hard freeze at a minimum of -8 degrees, brrr. Freezing temperature is key. If it doesn't come quickly enough in the season the grapes can rot. If it is too severe, the grapes will become too hard and no juice can be extracted. In order to retain their sweet flavor, the harvested grapes need to be pressed immediately while still frozen. The pressed juice is thick and sugary, much like the wine produced after fermentation!
This thick sweet grapey character of ice wine makes it a natural after dinner desert wine. It also makes it a natural partner to our white tea, a Pai mu tan from Fujian. This tea is often described as jammy, with sweet notes - perfect for layering with the sweet icy wine. Brew a pot today and savor the award-winning flavor of Ontario. Note sweet velvety tones highlighted by hints of grape. (We shouldn't have to tell you that this one makes a fantastic iced tea!)
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Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the pot, cover and let steep for 2-4 minutes. Pour into your cup; add milk and natural sweetener to taste.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea itself. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the serving pitcher straining the tea. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
Shipping Port: Fuzhou
Altitude: 2000 - 4000 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: White tea - naturally withered
Cup Characteristics: Smooth and silky with light Riesling and berry notes. A mild astringent finish
Infusion: Pale yellow
ZooScape is proud to be the exclusive distributor of TerraVita teas, herbs and supplements in the United States, Canada and around the world. Please direct all wholesale and bulk inquiries to Simona Heather at 1-844-449-0444.
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