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Aug 28, 2004 12:39 PM

Minus 8 Vinegar

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I have been given a chance to purchase Minus 8 Vinegar at a discounted price, about $30-$35/bottle. Is anyone familiar with this? What do you know about it?

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  1. I didn't realize they had started selling to the public. But a quick google shows lots of people selling it for $30 a bottle.

    From chefresource.com:

    Minus 8 Vinegar - New Retail Size
    Featured in the Wall Street Journal April 1, 2004 (personal journal section) as the "much-sought after Minus 8 vinegar"

    An amazing and rare taste. Eiswein is primarily made in Germany and Canada. Grapes are allowed to go well beyond harvest time and actually freeze on the vine. The grapes are harvested while frozen, and the resulting grape juice is used to make ice wine, a delicious sweet white dessert wine.

    A small company in Canada (Minus 8) is making hand-crafted wine vinegar from this style of harvesting. The Minus 8 wine vinegar is made from the juice of frozen grapes, hand picked at -8C or colder. While a bit pricey, the taste is amazing, and reminds us of ice wine. Finally, this item is available in a retail-sized bottle at a more consumer-friendly price. This item is very rare and worth the indulgence. Due to limited quantities available, we reserve the right to limit purchase quantities. 100 cases were made this year for retail, we snatched up a number of them.

    100 ml bottle

    1. Minus 8 is an excellent product however I do believe that the hype is a bunch of BS.......picking grapes at minus 8 C ??? The rarity of these grapes being picked at minus 8C is just that........look up temperatures around that area and you will find it does not get that low for years at a time. Read the following for the area they claim is where the grapes come from....................
      Southern Ontario's Niagara Region lies between two Great Lakes - Erie to the East and Ontario to the West - and is considered to be a moderate climate zone. Because the two bodies of water moderate the area's temperatures, the Niagara Region is ideal for tender fruit growing.
      Uniform precipitation is expected throughout the year, with no remarkable periods of wet or dry peaks. Winter snowfall is usually minimal, with the odd snowstorm setting in and temperatures rarely reach below 0°C another important factor for the fruit-growing belt. Forty inches or less of snowfall is standard in The Peninsula. With milder winter temperatures, precipitation can turn to rain even in December and January.
      For the perfect ice wine to make this product you would have a loss of more than 80% of the grapes hanging on the vine due to them just falling off before they got to them in what would be the proper condition to make said ice wine. False advertising is not cool.

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      1. re: wineman3

        You do realize they are talking about -8 Celcius, right? !! As I sit here in the Niagara Region right now it is -11, and has been all week!!

      2. I've got a bottle in the fridge right now, having blogged about it in the past. It's good enough to drink, so it is.