Brazilian Ice Wine?
For the first time, well the first time in modern history, the temperature dropped low enough in Brazil to create ice wine. Temperatures in Santa Catarina, Brazil reached -7.5 C (18.5 F). Ice wine requires a hard freeze of -7 C to -8 C. The Pericó Winery claims to be the first winery in Brazil to produce ice wine. There are great pictures of their frozen vineyard on their Portuguese website.
Ironically NOAA announced May 2009 was the 4th warmest in 130 years of record. Apparently no one told Brazil May was supposed to be a warm month.
Here’s the Google translation of their press release.
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I live in Denver, Colorado. This blog is everything about beer, wine, cider, mead and other spirits.
I am a avid homebrewer and winemaker. I’ve been making my own beer and wine for many years. I started making beer when I was in college (mostly because the drinking age in the United States is 21). My first few beers were horrible. The beers are much better now, and I often supply my neighborhood with free beer! It is a great hobby!