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As an executive chef at four restaurants, V-Day allows me to get playful in the kitchen. A Valentine's dinner needs to be pretty -- a visual feast as well as culinary. It should quench one kind of hunger, and hopefully replace it with another. Consider food and drink part of foreplay. It's all part of the seduction.
Icewine is perceived as the untamable beast of the wine family. Have you ever heard someone pronounce their undying love for it? Highly unlikely. Most of the time, I get "oh, it's far too sweet" as a response-- and it becomes an afterthought--- perhaps a novelty to try and have with either dessert or cheese.
Southern Ontario is nearing the end of a week-long cold stretch that has been feeling all the more frigid, as it snapped the province out of a prolonged January thaw with at least one day with record-breaking warmth. It's good news for Icewine makers, who have enough time to get in their entire crop before the weather warms up again on Monday.
Festivals, black markets, freezing your tookus off in the dead of night... it's all for the love of Icewine. Needless to say, to make Icewine, it helps to be a bit of a risk-taker to endeavour in such a business.