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This afternoon we got to make a stop at one of the "2010 Free" sites we've been promoting over at CityCaucus.com. The Inniskillin Icewine Gallery is right next to the impressive Ice Gate art display at Richmond's O Zone. Three icewines are being poured here, one from Okanagan Inniskillin, and two from Inniskillin's Niagara winery.
What's not to like about icewine, even on a cold day? The long smooth finish of each wine made them a joy for the entire palate. If we really had to choose one of the three (a tough decision) we were both partial to the Okanagan Reisling icewine, which we all agreed was the more "elegant" of the three due to the stronger acidity which allowed the fruit to come through.
The Niagara selections were both from a Vidal grape varietal. One was 2006 Vidal, and the other was a 2006 Vidal Commemorative Edition (in tribute of the Olympics). Each of the Vidal icewines had peachy/apricot notes on the nose, and a soft, full flavour and a mild hint of oak.
Richmond's colourful Ice Gate by artist Gordon Halloran. Photo: Ward Perrin
They're called Paintings Below Zero and that's what a group of local artists working with Gordon Halloran have been up to for several months. Inside a deep freeze chamber, Halloran and his group have been creating a frozen masterpiece that will become the Ice Gate, sponsored by Inniskillin Wines, at Richmond's O Zone. It sounds incredible, but CBC's Ian Hanomansing profiles the project, which you can view here on YouTube.