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The Coolest Choice

By MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press

Leaving grapes to freeze on the vine seems like a recipe for stone cold failure. But under the right conditions, the grapes that come in from the (extreme) cold can produce delicious dessert wines that are a cool favorite for holiday pairings.

What to call it? It depends on where you are. It’s called eiswein in Austria and Germany, where it began; icewine, one word, in Canada, where it’s become something of a signature wine; and ice wine, two words, in the United States, where vintners in New York state and few other regions are experimenting with the hard-to-make, easy-to-drink product.

Whatever you call it, interest in the wine is heating up as producers experiment with new grapes and new winemaking styles — how about some sparkling ice wine with those gingerbread men?

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