This Vidal Icewine displays aromas of peach, honey, applesauce and pear notes. This full-bodied, medium-sweet Icewine is nicely balanced by a seam of acidity, and delivers a lengthy, clean finish.
Why it works:
A delightful harmony of sweetness levels and icewine flavours while the intensely tart, honeyed citrus fruit, stonefruit and exotic spice flavours in the wine achieve brilliant contrast with the bitterness of chocolate.
Lucie Trépanier on this pairing:
Sean Moher: Then we’ve got the Lakeview Cellars’ Vidal Icewine. Tell us about that and the ice wine truffle.
Lucie Trépanier: Very successful pairing indeed with the Vidal Icewine. I am a very big fan of local wines, and so when we decided to organize a truffle and wine tasting, I thought it was really, really important to showcase our local internationally famous ice wines. So we selected a Vidal Icewine, which displays aromas of peach and honey, lot of apples. It also had a very distinct oriental sweet-spice character, perhaps like litchi or a little bit of candied ginger.
The richness and full bodiness of this wine was just perfect for the sweetness level of a truffle. And when we saw the selection available at Truffle Treasures, we noticed that one of their truffles is actually filled with an ice wine flavored Ganache.
So again, we thought both the truffle and the chocolate had similar flavors. We tried it out, it was very successful I think among the four pairing that we made throughout these 12 sessions of chocolate and wine tasting. This probably was the favorite.
Sean Moher: Wow!
Lucie Trépanier: The big winner.
Sean Moher: Good use of ice wine.
Lucie Trépanier: Very good use of ice wine. Most people I speak to about ice wine tend to find it a little rich, sometimes just a tad to intense for sipping on its own, and what happens with the chocolate truffle is that the bitter chocolate actually tones down the richness of the ice wine. Bitterness contrasts with the sweet fruity flavors and all of a sudden, your ice wine becomes much less intense on your palate; everything just kind of works out. It was a brilliant contrast actually.
Sean Moher: That one was Vintages number 522672. It’s $19.95, again, the Lakeview Cellars’ Vidal Icewine from Ontario, and that was with the ice wine truffle. And then the last pairing, I’ve got the Southbrook Farms Framboise and pairing it out with a dark 55% cocoa truffle.
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