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What is the difference between Late Harvest wine and Icewine?
The main difference can be defined as when the grapes are picked. Late harvest wines are picked later than the general harvest and as they had a longer hang time, they also have higher sugar levels--than regular picked wine--which will produce a sweeter wine. Icewine grapes are picked in a frozen state which further concentrates the sugars producing a rich, sweet luscious treat.
Another difference is the minimum legal amount of residual sugar in the wine. Under VQA regulations, Icewine will have a much higher level than a late harvest wine and thus be correspondingly richer and sweeter.