June 1st, 2011 by eileen in wine lifestyle
Unfortunately you can’t drag a wine fridge full of wine out to your pool or to a friend’s picnic on a hot summer day. Why would you? That’s too much heavy lifting. But after about ten minutes on a hot summer day your glass of wine is going to slowly wilt and loose flavor. Aside from gulping it before this happens, you do have another option to keep wine cool – add ice in wine.
Some wines, like a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, won’t bode well when adding ice in wine. And you might give your friends the chills when they watch put ice in wine that is full-bodied.
There are plenty of light summer wines, refreshment wines, and sangria wines that would benefit from adding ice in wine. Refreshment wines and light white wines such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer, White Cranberry Pinot Grigio or Pomegranate Zinfandel all taste better when cooler than warmer. Having these wines with ice would taste better than drinking warm wines.
Since wine has plenty of water in it (wine is made up of roughly 87% water), a small amount ice in your wine won’t make a difference and will far surpass the taste of warm wine.
You could even have some fun with the ice cubes by using trays with different shapes or freezing some edible flowers inside the ice. If you absolutely don’t want your wine on ice – plastic ice cubes are a great option. They doesn’t dilute the wine or change the taste. Plastic ice cubes are available in a wide range of colors, sizes and shapes including aliens, snowflakes and strawberries. There are even ones that light up.
Or place white or red grapes in a single layer on a tray and freeze them. Add them to your wine instead of ice if you need to keep your wine chilled while outdoors or poolside.
So, this summer put wine on ice – it could be the cool thing to do.