Chateau Chantal en A mild winter is chilling ice wine production in Michigan <p>This year&rsquo;s mild winter weather is causing problems for the makers of<a href=""> &lsquo;Ice Wines&rsquo;&nbsp;</a>in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Ice wine is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes left on the vine to freeze. The very sweet wine is also very pricey. <a href="">Michigan</a> ice wines sell for as much&nbsp;<a href="">$90&nbsp;per bottle</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;But this winter, hard freezes have been few and far between.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Mark Johnson is the chief winemaker at the <a href="">Chateau Chantal winery</a> near Traverse City. He said the mild weather has taken a toll on the grapes waiting for the ice wine harvest.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We always know there&rsquo;s going to be a loss,&quot; said Johnson, &quot;This year&hellip;from what we were hoping&hellip;would be a ton and a half&hellip;or about 3,000 pounds&hellip;we harvested about 1,500.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="">Other Michigan vintners</a> decided not to produce ice wines this season. That may mean the 2011 vintage Michigan ice wines will be harder to find this fall.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Ice wines comprise&nbsp;about 5 percent of&nbsp;<a href="">wines produced in Michigan.</a> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 17:26:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 5676 at A mild winter is chilling ice wine production in Michigan