A Cool Taste Heats Up

More Americans are warming up to ice wine. Meant to accompany pungent cheeses, foie gras and desserts, ice wine derives its name not from its serving temperature (chilled) but from the unusual way the grapes are harvested and processed. They are picked and pressed while frozen solid, in the dead of winter. The result is a wine with an intense flavor--sweet, like Sauternes, but tangy. "I love these wines," says Andrea Immer, author of Great Tastes Made Simple. "They're a spark plug for the mouth." Ice wines originated in the 1790s when workers in the Franconian region of Germany tried to...

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