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Canadian Ice Wine Commands More Money Than Champagne

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According to the Wine Economist Journal “The Canadian ice wine commands more money than champagne”.  The data indicate that the ice wine commands second highest bottle price behind the Swiss wine.


Whenever people think of Canada their thoughts wander around coolness, specifically speaking - tundra.  There is no wonder in the fact that the costliest ice wine comes from Canada.


Many times wine buyers get offended at the prices of the ice wine, thinking what’s so comforting and pricey about these skinny bottles? Although Ice Wine is a pure European creation, today Canada has become the largest producer to Ice wines.  The half bottles (375ml) of Canadian Ice Wine are priced $50 - $500 each in Asian wine markets.  One of the most preferred Canadian Ice Wine - 2008 Vidal Ice Wine costs around $45.00.


Asian tourists’ leaving North America are seen raiding the duty-free shops to grab their share of Ice Wines.  Wine Economist reports that some of the duty-free shops in Japan have coordinated with Canadian airports for availing the wine in Japan for North American tourists visiting the country. That means if you are planning to visit Japan, then you need not to carry a bottle of your favorite ice wine with you only you need to make payment at the Canadian airports and pick up your favorite wine in Japan.

It is generally believed that almost half of the wines sold around Taiwan are dupes. The Canadian wine producers claim that the issue of duping is worse in China and surrounding countries, so they have pulled out their products from the Chinese wine markets.  It’s believed that Chinese Ice Wine market contributes to $1 million to $2 million annually.


The Europeans and Yankees always head for Riesling, but Canadians always prefer Vidal Blanc, which is a French-American crossbreed. Vidal Blanc is mostly preferred for its thick skin, which can put up with the harsh winters of the place. Still, Riesling, Tempranillo, and Cabernet Franc varieties are preferred by wineries.  The Americans are fond of Inniskillin, which is produced at wineries around Ontario, Okanagan Valley, and Niagara.


So the next time you think of chilly tundra region, reach out for a skinny bottle of  Canadian Ice Wine.


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Canadian Ice Wine Commands More Money Than Champagne