My Town: Ice Wine Harvest Early in Geneva

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Ice wine is on its way early this year in Northeast Ohio due to seasonably warm temperatures.  At Ferrante Winery in Geneva, they started picking ice wine grapes Sunday, December 11th when the temperature dipped to 10 degrees.  Ice wine grapes are normally harvested in late December or January.  “This December has been seasonably warmer than years passed and with an expected pattern of warmer weather, we needed to take the opportunity to harvest our Vidal Blanc Ice Wine grape when possible,” explains Wine Maker Nicholas Ferrante.  When grapes freeze, sugars are concentrated, resulting in a wine with a pure flavor and natural sweetness.   Twelve tons of grapes were picked and the Vidal Blanc Ice Wine will be ready in the spring of 2012.