Speaking of white wine on ice…

by Jessie K on April 11, 2014


I recently overheard a story about this woman who brought a really expensive bottle of wine to a dinner party and the hosts poured their own glasses of the wine over ice! The woman who brought the wine was aghast. She thought drinking wine over ice was akin to clipping your nails at the table or picking your teeth with a fork.

Personally, I think you should be able to drink your wine anyway you want. If I want to drink my White Zin over a tumbler of crushed iced worthy of a K-Mart Slurpee, ain’t no one no how gonna stop me [cue the scary Deliverance banjo music here]. Then again, the wine in question was red, not white. White wine over ice, I totally get. White wine on ice is refreshingly light and crisp, in a flowing caftan, Three’s Company Helen Roper kind of way. I have been known to quaff this particular libation on many classy occasions.

But red wine over ice? I’m not sure.

The episode reminded me of the time I went out of my way and made these really involved Rick Bayless gourmet Mexican mole taco things for a dinner party and one of my guests looked up at me during the meal and asked for soy sauce.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Celeste April 11, 2014 at 3:59 pm


Hmmm, well, sangria is served over ice. But it’s got some other stuff added in so maybe it seems more like a punch?

Jenny April 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm


Dying of laughter at the soy sauce comment….and red wine over Ice? mayyyybe if its 6 thousand degrees.

Amanda April 11, 2014 at 4:53 pm


Great – Now I need to go home and drink wine. Over ice.

Wait, it is Friday. Wine was going to happen anyways. I almost always add ice to my white wine (usually because I forget to chill it until right before I need a glass), but I haven’t heard of putting red over ice. I will try it – just to see how it goes.

And the soy sauce – hilarious!

Janelle April 11, 2014 at 8:14 pm


Soy sauce? Maybe the guest was such a nimbus that he/she couldn’t distinguish between Mexican and Chinese!
PS – love the photo of Mrs. Roper!

Louise April 13, 2014 at 7:56 am


I often drop a cube or 2 of ice in my red (but not a glass full of ice). Most red should be served at around 16 degrees C and our room temp is much higher than that.

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: