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Vineyards Hope Temperatures Drop Enough to Make Ice Wine

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The clock is ticking for northern Michigan vineyards to pick grapes used in ice wine.

The specialty wine needs temperature around 15 to 17 degrees Fahrenheit for several days to freeze the grapes. Last year the unusually warm weather pushed back the harvest.

Chateau Chantal says making ice wine comes with a lot of risk because the grapes could rot if temperatures are not cold enough. The vines are covered in nets to protect from animals until harvest.

Black Star Farms has not made an ice wine in two years because of the unusually warm weather. The winery makes a winter harvest wine, which uses a freezer instead of relying on mother nature.

Kyle Mitchell and photojournalist Jeff Blevins have more on what it takes to make ice wine.