Jan 10, 2014 · 8:00 PM
Château d'Yquem of Sauternes and Tokaji Aszú of Tokaj-Hegyalja in Hungary, are made from mouldy grapes, but not just any mould - Botrytis cinerea sucks water out of the grape whilst imparting new flavours of honey and apricot to the future wine. Ice wine requires temperatures below at most −7 °C (19 °F) before the grapes for ice wine can be picked. At such temperatures, some of the water in the grapes freezes out, but the sugars and other solids remain dissolved in the remaining juice. Other sweet wine are made from air-dried grapes, or dried on straw, on racks, or hung from the rafters, and are generally called passerilles like the Jurancon or Vin Santo.
This session will explore the various techniques used throughout history to make sweet wine and the extraordinary panel of flavours it produces..