Bringing in 2020 with Ice Wine

Oops, we totally missed celebrating Repeal Day on December 5th.  

But where there’s booze involved, we can make another reason to party.

…..so…..

December 15th was Bill of Rights Day

…..and although, the amendment ending the prohibition of liquor wasn’t really in the first 10 articles called the Bill of Rights…..

well, it certainly makes it onto our TOP 5 FAVORITE AMENDMENTS OF ALL TIME list!

And, I’m certain our Founding Fathers would agree.  I mean, wasn’t it Ben Franklin that said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”?

Then, of course, there is Samuel Adams…the namesake for a very fine beer.

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Repeal Day occurred in 1933 during the Great Depression.  It ended 14 dry spell years for the country.

Good grief!  That’s a long wait for a beer!

So…in honor of Repeal Day or Bill of Rights Day or just to bring in the New Year right, we should probably talk about German Eiswein.

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You are probably thinking, “What is that?”

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Eiswein, or Ice wine, is a special product with limited availability due to the nature of creating it.  The grapes are picked on the first frost and processed to enhance the sweet flavor of the wine.  Picking frosted grapes is an arduous task that involves a large on-call work force.  The grapes are cold for the fingers and the harvest must be done in a few hours.

Eiswein usually comes in smaller bottles and is used as a dessert pairing.  It is considered to be greater value than these degrees of German wine:

Auslese

Spatlese

Taflewein

Ice wine production occurs in the United States as well but primarily in the Great Lakes region.  Michigan is the biggest producer of Ice Wine.

Author: J. Speer

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