Apple Ice Wine
Award-winning and critically-acclaimed, Apple Ice Wine is an alcoholic beverage produced from a select blend of hand-picked apples, harvested after frost and extracted naturally over the winter months. The unique combination of ideal summer growing conditions and cold Canadian winters create a product like nothing you have ever tasted!
This well kept secret is no more, as the beverage is now exported to more than 20 countries in Europe and Asia, as well as in the United States. The year 2008 also marked the first annual Championship of Apple Ice Wine, held in the province, and boasted more than 15 producers who organized samplings, food/wine pairings and gourmet dinners around the theme of Apple Ice Wine.
Berries… cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, fragrant, sweet, and tangy. In Québec, we are as fond of them as we are of our traditions. Despite the temptation to eat them all straight from the farm, Québec is a leading supplier of processed products derived from berries, ranging from dried sweetened products to concentrates to IQF fruit. Some of our products also have kosher and organic certifications.
Québec is the key player in the maple industry, producing more than 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup. This natural, nutritious product comes from sap of the sugar maple tree and is produced through the evaporation of maple water. It takes 40 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of maple syrup.
Maple syrup and maple products have many flavor profiles. Generally speaking, the lighter the color grade, the more delicate the flavor and the darker the color grade, the stronger the taste. These flavors are heavily influenced by the "terroir" or growing regions of the sugar maple trees.
More than just another traditional product, maple syrup is one of the cultural elements associated with Quebecers. The source of many traditional dishes, maple syrup also remains a star ingredient in Québec and international cooking in the 21st century. Maple from Québec is available in a variety of traditional and innovative forms such as syrups, sugars and the newest entry, maple flakes.