Niagara-on-the-Lake is famous for a lot of things – picturesque scenery, a charming British manner. But the town is best known for its ice wine, a dessert wine made from grapes that have been allowed to freeze on the vine.
The Niagara Icewine Festival takes place every January (hey, that’s now!). Guests at the Riverbend Inn and Vineyard can and should check it out, but if you can’t make it across the border so quickly, fear not: ice wine is readily available everywhere.
And you know what? It’s Monday, so how about a little ice wine cocktail recipe courtesy of Food and Wine.
Photo courtesy of Food and Wine magazine
Ice Wine Martini
- 10 large seedless green grapes, plus 2 halved grapes for garnish
- 2 ounces ice wine
- 2 ounces vodka, preferably Ciroc
In a blender, puree the 10 whole grapes with the ice wine and vodka. Pour the puree through a tea strainer into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain again into a large chilled martini glass and garnish with the grape halves.
It’s December so office gift swaps and holiday shopping are in the air. If you’re still scratching your head trying to think of a unique gift (perhaps for yourself?) that screams “Winter Wonderland,” then Shaw Club and Niagara-on-the-Lake are here to help.
When we think of Shaw Club, we think of their world-class spa treatments and the extensive Spa Boutique to go with them. But, what if you can’t stop by the boutique and want those spa treatments right now? Well, you’re in luck. You can order them direct from upscale names like Algologie and B. Kamins. We recommend the line of Maple-based treatments to channel that Canadian spirit.
And speaking of Canada, if you’re filling out the gift basket (or just want something to sip during your at-home spa day), try grabbing some of the finest Icewine the country has to offer. Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries like Ice House and Ravine Vineyard will ship them right to your door. Your Secret Santa will love it, even if your Secret Santa is you.
Photos courtesy of Ice House and Shaw Spa
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