Best Served Cold: Delicacies From Ice Wine to Snow Beef

Frost, snow and ice is lending a sweeter, crisper taste to wine, sirloin and soy sauce all over the world.

WORDS Amber Love Bond
December 2019


Vidal Blanc and Muscat Ottonel Ice Wine
Casa Larga Vineyards and Winery
Finger Lakes, New York

The Finger Lakes region has become a purveyor of ice wine, made from grapes left to freeze on the vine, and are ideal for pairing with dessert.

Snow Beef Japanese Wagyu

Catch Steak
New York City

This hot spot offers “snow beef” by the ounce, cooked tableside on a hot Japanese stone. The Wagyu is stored in freezing temperatures that give the fat a lower melting point, sweet flavor and snowflake-like delicateness.

Snow-Aged Soy Sauce

Miami, New York, Boston

Aged for over a month in a room naturally refrigerated and humidified by snow in Tōkamachi, Japan, this smooth, umami-rich soy sauce is more mellow and balanced than the tangy mass-produced brands.


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