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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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ice wine, direct Anglicization of the German eiswein, sweet wine made from ripe grapes picked when frozen on the vine and pressed so that water crystals remain in the press and the sugar content of the resulting wine is increased. This sort of true ice wine is a speciality of canada, where it is written icewine (see below). It is also increasingly made elsewhere including austria, luxembourg, oregon, and Michigan in the united states. The term has also been used in other English-speaking, wine-producing countries for wines made by artificial freeze concentration, or cryoextraction.