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Frosty November brings early icewine

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BC Wine Institute
Media Release
For Immediate Release

A Frosty November brings an Early Icewine Harvest

Kelowna, BC (November 23, 2010): This has been a truly unusual year for vintners in British Columbia. After a very late BC grape harvest, ending a mere two weeks ago for some wineries, the 2010 Icewine harvest is one of the earliest on record with the first frozen bunches being picked on November 22 - second only to the November 5 harvest in 2003.

Icewine has been recognized as one of Canada’s signature wines ever since the first vintage at Hainle Vineyards in 1974. This year, twenty-three wineries expressed interest in picking the “liquid gold” and were delighted with the late-November cold snap. The first grapes were brought in early on November 22 at a chilly -11°C (12°F) by Tinhorn Creek Vineyards in Oliver who harvested 1-acre of Kerner.

The temperatures dropped overnight when Summerhill Pyramid Organic Winery was picking, and is an icy -16°C (1.5°F) this morning for the harvest at Tantalus Vineyards, Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, Van Westen Vineyards and Nk’Mip Cellars. The entire 2010 Icewine harvest is expected to be completed by November 25 and everyone at the wineries can then toast to another fine vintage and enjoy the holiday season with the rest of us!

To keep up-to-date on the harvest, simply visit www.twitter.com to follow @winebcdotcom and your favourite local wineries, then search #BCHarvest2010 and #Icewine2010.

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