Monday, January 17, 2011
Largest wine flute: Ontario icewine makers set world record
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont., Canada -- Thirty-eight Ontario wineries poured 27 liters of their best icewine into a specially made four-foot-tall wine flute at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls - setting the new world record for the Largest wine flute.
Photo: The last bottle of icewine was poured by Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser, the founders of Inniskillin Winery, who are considered to the kings of the icewine industry.
The previous Guinness world record for the Largest Wine Flute was 16.5 l (3.63 gal) and was presented by Fede&Tinto in Vini nel Mondo 2008, in Spoleto, Umbria, Italy.
Guinness World Records also recognized the largest wine glass, which measured 2.40 m (7.87 ft) in height and 1.65 m (5.41 ft) at its widest point and was achieved by Eventions s.a.r.l (Lebanon) in Beirut, Lebanon.
The World's Largest Bottle of Wine recognized by Guinness World Records measured 2.6 m (8 ft 6.36 in) tall and 0.62 m (2 ft 0.41 in) in diameter and was achieved by Pro Loco Dolegna del Collio in Dolegna del Collio, Italy.
"The record is there so why can't we have it, why does it have to be someone else," said Ed Madronich, chairman of the Wine Council of Ontario.
"For us it's very symbolic. We make great wine and historically we have always compared ourselves to other wine regions. The fact that we can break a Guinness World Record means that we can be the best here in Ontario."
Acorporate adjudications manager with Guinness World Records was on hand to witness and verify the record.
"Getting a glass that size is the trick," said Ziraldo, noting it had to be specially made for the occasion. Two were made just in case one broke.
On the Net: Niagara Icewine Festival
Icewine is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen on the vine, which are picked overnight when it's the coldest.
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Monday, January 17, 2011