Eye Candy: Icewine–Pear Granité

pear granite Chef Jason Parsons surprised guests with this extra course at last Thursday's Beard House dinner. He combined pear juice and icewine to create a tart granité, and garnished the intermezzo with flower petals, gold flakes, and a delicate twig from an icewine vine. See more photos of Parsons's elegant menu here. (Photo by Geoff Mottram)

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Recipe: Icewine Marshmallows

icewine marshmallows Our readers gushed about s'mores after we wrote about them last summer, so when Jason Parsons sent us his recipe for icewine marshmallows, we believed it was our duty to give them a try. Chef Parsons ingeniously boils down sweet icewine to produce the necessary simple syrup (a step for which a candy thermometer is absolutely essential). Try them as an unexpected hot chocolate topping or mignardise.

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Recipe: Icewine and Lobster Linguine

linguine You know and love maple syrup and have probably heard of poutine, but what about icewine, another import from our neighbors to the north? Made from grapes that have frozen while still clinging to their vines, icewine is a highly concentrated dessert wine that takes a lot of fruit and labor to make (and hence can cost a lot of money to drink). This luxurious seafood pasta dish begs for the splurge, though: the icewine complements the delicate sweetness of lobster meat, while bacon adds a welcome counterpoint. The overall flavor is otherworldly, and we're thanking Jason Parsons of the Peller Estates Winery Restaurant for it.

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