THE EUROPEAN Commission has agreed to allow Canadian ice-wine, the specialised dessert wine made from frozen grapes, to be sold within the EU, after a long battle to have the designation of recognised by Brussels was finally won.

The Commission has long blocked entry of the product, because of concerns about the reliability of ice wine quality. The decision to approve the wine was in part due to the Canadian public authorities setting international standards for ice wine production alongside Germany and Austria last summer.

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