Canada is renowned worldwide for its decadent and delicious Icewines, and leave it to Canadians to devise new and creative ways to enjoy the sweet elixir. Like in a chocolate shooter cup.
“The Icewine shooter is as unique and tasty as icewine itself,” says Sommelier Marcel Morgenstern, Director of Sales at PondView Estate Winery. “It is an excellent combination of two great flavours. It goes well as an accompaniment with your dessert, or all on its own. In restaurants, it is a new and different way to make your drink and dessert menu stand above the crowd.”
Served in 70% dark Belgian chocolate cup, the idea is to sip and savour the Icewine and then “pop” the chocolate into your mouth. The pairing works magically because the wine is sweeter than the chocolate.
What kind of Icewine you put in the cups depends on the dessert you are serving. If you are serving a Crème Brulee, do an Icewine shooter with a Vidal Icewine. If you are serving dark chocolate-dipped strawberries, fill the shooter with Cabernet Franc Icewine.
If the shooter is your dessert, be adventurous and experiment with different Icewines to find what flavor combination you like best.
“Icewine shooters are incredibly versatile,” says Morgenstern. “Be creative when trying them at home. Pester your server at your favourite restaurant. A 50ml bottle of Icewine and three-pack of chocolate cups makes a great take away gift for the guests at your wedding. Drop into the winery to taste which one is the winner for you: Vidal or Cabernet Franc!”
The Icewine and the chocolate cups are available at the PondView Estate Winery on Line 2 in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
About PondView Estate Winery:
Drawing on more than three generations of winemaking experience, PondView Estate Winery is one of the newest additions to the Four Mile Creek appellation in the heart of Niagara’s wine country. Family owned by Luciano and Adriana Puglisi, PondView crafts exceptional Ontario VQA wines rooted in an Italian heritage. Luciano’s enthusiasm and respect for the winemaking process, alongside his dedication and commitment to excellence, earned him the prestigious title of Grape King in 2008, awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture to the finest vineyard operator in Ontario. The secret to the success of PondView Estate Winery is the long-held belief of the Puglisi family: Great wine is a harmony of earth and vine.