Icewine Recipes: Poached Pear Infused with Pillitteri Vidal Icewine

Poached Pear with Icewine? This is delicious! Ingredients (serves 4) 3 cups water 1 cup (firmly packed) brown sugar ½ cup Pillitteri Estates Vidal Icewine 2 x cinnamon sticks roughly broken 2 large, just ripe bosc pears, peeled, cored and cut in half 4 1inch x 1inch thin squares of good quality white chocolate Good quality blue cheese to crumble, like Blue Benedictine, enough for 4 people. *½ cup of Pillitteri Estates Vidal Icewine, reserved Method: Combine the water, sugar, ½ cup Icewine and cinnamon in a large sauce pan over low heat. Cook, stirring for 2 minutes or until the sugar dissolves and liquid turns lightly syrupy. Add the pears and stir to combine. Cook, covered for 10 – 15 minutes or until the pears are tender. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pears from the poaching liquid. In a small sauce pan, carefully add 1 cup of warm poaching liquid plus *½ cup of Vidal Icewine and bring to a boil. Boil uncovered for 5- 10 minutes until syrup reduces and thickens slightly. Individually plate a square of white chocolate. Place a warm pear half on top of the chocolate. Crumble blue cheese over top of pear. Finish with a drizzle of reduced syrup over blue cheese and pear. Serve immediately. Enjoy with a glass of Pillitteri Estates Vidal Icewine....

Pillitteri Estates Winery Completes Their Largest Icewine Harvest

Published by: Wines in Niagara Rick VanSickle ‏ January 3rd, 2014 Pillitteri Estates Winery completed their largest ever harvest of icewine grapes during a wild New Year’s winter storm. A record icewine harvest for Pillitteri, which began in early December kicked in to high gear on New Year’s Day. At 5 a.m. as the temperature reached -10C and the snow moved in to blanket the estate vineyards the Pillitteri team mobilized for a marathon finish. It was the largest icewine harvest ever for Pillitteri and included the harvesting of rare icewine grapes including: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Shiraz and Riesling. The bulk of the icewine harvest came from the popular Vidal grape with over 200 tonnes harvested. The final stretch of the harvest primarily took place throughout the early morning of New Years Day and continued into the night with extreme challenges. “With the amount of blowing and drifting snow and the depth of snow it was difficult to even get into the vineyards. The visibility was very poor and with the whiteouts, it was difficult to see the equipment and even the vines. Our tractors were slipping in the snow and we were constantly fighting the elements,” explained Jamie Slingerland (see top photo), Pillitteri’s Director of Viticulture. This was a lengthy harvest, and one of the earliest completed for the winery, which finished the entire harvest by Jan. 2. It took many hours of dedicated work to complete, resulting in a total tonnage of 750 tonnes. This year’s timely cold spells offered an excellent quality of juice, which will ultimately take up to two weeks to...