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Wine Tasting Party – Part 2 (Eiswein)

After having read our article on ezinearticles.com/?id=34953 wine tasting parties you might be saying to yourself “fantastic tips but I want to kick it up to the next level and do something that most people don’t do.”

Even though the farmer’s market is closed and the weather has turned quite cold, the fall and winter have a lot to offer our palate. As we have told you before, leverage what you have and embrace the winter weather. Serve your guests wine, cheese and winter fruits.

One of our favorites is eiswein (pronounced ice vine). Eiswein or Ice Wine as it is called in this country is a wine that is made with the late harvest fruit by pressing it while still frozen…thus the name. Now here is the catch. Eiswein is not something you can pick up at your local supermarket and it doesn’t come in bargain basement $5/bottle prices. Here are a few of our picks and where you can get them.

Eiswein is usually sold in 1/2 bottles due to the high sugar content of the wine and the cost…less is more!

Locally: Total Beverage Check with your particular store because they don’t all carry the same items. Most of them have the Hubert Ganz Riesling Eiswein (1/2 bottle $40) and the Selaks Wines Ice Wine Kumeu (1/2 bottle $14). Some of them also have the Inniskillin Vidal Ice Wine (1/2 bottle $70…and a favorite of ours)

On the Internet:www.champagnewines.com and www.internationalwine.com

And who says an eiswein has to be made with grapes. La Face Cachee de la Pomme in Canada makes a scrumptious apple ice wine (cidre de glace). For more information, visit appleicewine.com. In case you don’t feel like making the trek to Canada in the winter, check their website for US locations.

Now that you feel like you speak several other languages, what cheese do you serve with these delectable wines? We recommend Roquefort. You need something with a small punch to it to counterbalance the wine. But, we do not profess to be wine or cheese experts so buy a bottle of eiswein and some of your favorite cheeses and have your own private tasting party before you serve to your guests. The wines could also be paired with some not-so-sweet desserts.

So the quick recap to plot your party:

Eiswein (not as many bottles as for regular wine)

Seltzer or Club Soda for non-drinking guests

Cheeses – 4 or 5 types

Fruits – apples and grapes

Non-sugary desserts (cheesecake is excellent) – 2 or 3 items

Have a fantastic party and remember, drink and serve responsibly.

Indra A Books, author of this and many other lifestyle articles, is the owner and founder of ON THE GO 4 U, Personal Shoppers & Concierge Service in the Washington DC metropolitan area, providing life management services. In addition to its shopping and concierge services, ON THE GO 4 U also publishes a monthly e-zine and is available for workshops on wardrobe rejuvenation, entertaining and reprioritizing your life to get the most out of your personal time. For more information about the author and ON THE GO 4 U, please visit onthego4u.net onthego4u.net

© 2005 Indra A Books for ON THE GO 4 U

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