Thoughts of frost and cold in Wisconsin may be far from your mind yet, but the latest sweet treat from Wisconsin’s winter will soon be available.
Wollersheim Winery will release its 2012 Ice Wine, its sweetest wine, on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., come taste the Nectar of the Vines, take a self-guided tour with a horse-drawn wagon ride into the vineyard where the Ice Wine grapes grow, and enjoy cheesecake and wine by the glass with live harp music. Admission is free.
Wisconsin winters offer ideal conditions to make Ice Wine, a traditional dessert wine produced from grapes that freeze hard as marbles on the vine. Wollersheim uses its estate-grown St. Pepin grapes for its Ice Wine, allowing them to ripen through fall and harvesting them in mid December when temperatures drop to 12 degrees to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. At this stage the water in the highly ripened grapes is frozen but not the sugars, concentrating the sugar content. The juice pressed from the frozen grapes is fermented slowly to create an intensely sweet, concentrated wine akin to liquid honey.
Serve Ice Wine cold with cheesecake, pecans and special desserts. Buy a few bottles to stash for an extra-special future treat; it can be aged 15 or more years.
For more details about Wollershein Winery, the 2012 Winery Of The Year, and its Ice Wine Release visit www.wollersheim.com.
Then join us at the Inn’s Indigo Lounge for our wine and cheese hour where we always feature Wollersheim’s wines with Wisconsin’s finest cheeses and other delicious treats Innkeeper Trudy creates.
The Inn at Wawanissee Point is the closest bed and breakfast to Wollersheim Winery, an easy 15-minute drive through the Lake Wisconsin valley.
Call 608-355-9899 or click on Check Availability at the top of this page.
If the date you prefer is booked, call us, sometimes we receive last-minute cancellations.
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- Oct. 1: Walks On The Wildside at Durward’s Glen Retreat & Educational Center, Baraboo, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join naturalist Marian Moran for an autumn ramble. She teaches and delights as she walks the property with you. Oct. 8 rain date.