Canada and Wine: A Tradition that is Getting Bigger and Bigger
To most of the Canadians, consumption of alcohol is a part of daily life. They love to hold a glass of wine while relaxing, partying, and attending other music festivals. Celebrations and events like wedding anniversaries and birthdays are mostly ‘toasted’ with a bottle of wine. All these factors demonstrate that the Canadian society promotes drinking, sometimes by offering discounts on some renowned brands and sometimes by linking alcohol consumption with sophistication and fun.
80% of Canadians drink alcohol
Icewine preparation - a growing tradition
Though Canada is well-known in the world for producing wines through various methods like organic, biodynamic, and others yet wine enthusiasts prefer to taste its Icewine mainly. Over years, the tradition of Icewine preparation is growing larger and larger. Approximately, 15% of the overall annual crop produced in Ontario comprise of grapes required for making such a wine. Common grapes that are used in making white wine are Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, and Vidal whereas for red wine, Cabernet Franc is mostly harvested.
When the temperature in Canada goes below -8 degree Celsius, only then the harvesters can begin their job. They hand-picked the frozen grapes at night and crushed them without delaying. To give the wine a more complex taste, the grapes are dehydrated to concentrate both the juice and the sugar. Icewine’s individuality is mainly due to its high acidity level, balancing the sugar concentration in the grapes.
History of Icewine
Canada Ice Wine
However, Canada is not the inventor of Icewine. It was first produced accidentally in 1794 in Germany. But, with its huge production in the country has made this wine almost a Canadian product. Since the country started taking parts in international Icewine competitions, there’s hardly a single competition when Canada hasn’t proudly walks off with medals. Over a couple of decades, the vintners has fully utilized the chilled weathers of the country to uphold their inherited tradition of making this wine. Apart from her, Germany and Austria also try to prepare this sweet beverage. But their not-so-cold weather prevents them from manufacturing it consistently.
In 2013, approximately 100 wineries have crafted 2.5 million bottles of Canadian Icewine that contributed almost $70 million in the overall revenue of the country. In fact, the country occupies the top position in using its traditional method of making such a wine. In producing Icewine, Canada has gained different awards both at national and international levels. A considerable part of this wine is exported from the country to Hongkong, Taiwan, and Japan.
Taste this outstanding beverage with light and sweet desert after dinner.
Wine Consumption In Pop Culture
Wine is popular theme in many TV shows, movies and other medias. Just notice, how it’s in usual American family, the housewife is doing her things in kitchen while always having a big glass of white wine. The culture of wine-drinking has been popularized for many years and it’s not a bad things, at all.