Let’s Get Some Ice Wine…

I can’t believe it has been so long since my last post! To apologize for my absence, I will bring you to taste some ice wine. 🙂 Let’s go to the Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna, BC, Canada.

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Kelowna locates in Okanagan Valley, on the shores of Okanagan Lake, about 240 miles east of Vancouver. Its summer is long and sunny and winter short and mild. There are many wineries in the area and I only got to visit one. It is a very beautiful place.

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A perfect setting for weddings…

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After admiring the beautiful surroundings, it is time to go inside for a drink…

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For the first time in my life, I tasted ice wine. It was so good. A little bit of research told me that ice wine was invented in Germany in 1794 and made by leaving grapes on the vine through a frost, after which they are promptly picked and pressed. Water, in the form of ice granules, stays in the press and what goes into the fermenter is the sweet essence of grape. Optimal weather conditions can never be assured, so true ice wine is a real treat and pretty expensive ($50 – $150 for a thin bottle).

Heading back outside, I saw this interesting view…

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This is a perfect illustration of Psalms 23:5 – My cup overflows with blessings (NLT). The champagne bottle from above pours out victory and celebration and overflows my cup… Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life…

This was the first stop of my 12-day-2500-mile road trip of Western Canada in 2006. With the last drop of sweet ice wine still on my palate, with a heart filled with gratitude, I continued on my journey.

 

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