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Do or Don’t: Ice in Wine

Do or Don't: Ice in Wine

Last week, I was hanging out with my friend Gisela…

… when she reached into the freezer and unapologetically plunked two ice cubes into her white wine. “Putting ice in wine is a thing now,” she laughed. “In France, they call it a ‘piscine.'”

Then I saw a Bon Appetit article about nine situations in which it’s totally fine to ice your wine. “Are you at the airport?” they ask. “Are you a grandma? Is it too damn hot outside?” Go for it! Also, if you’re stuck ordering house wine at a dive bar, cutting it with ice makes it taste better. “It’s so dark no one is going to notice anyway.”

So, is this socially acceptable now? After putting the boys to bed, I’ll often pour myself a glass of wine, and on the nights that it’s room temp, I’ll add ice — just like my mother and her mother before her. True, it makes the flavor less punchy (and I wouldn’t do it with good wine), but it also hydrates you, makes the drink lasts longer and is a fun way to mix it up. Sometimes it’s just what you’re in the mood for — and isn’t that what wine is all about?

Thoughts? Do you put ice in your wine? Or no way? One of life’s important questions :)

P.S. A trick for choosing wine, and funny wine etiquette.

  1. Julia says...

    My neighbors came back from Sweden saying they put frozen mango chunks in their white wine to chill it but not dilute the flavor. Needless to say, I ran to my nearest Trader Joe’s to see for myself. It’s great, and it feels unique to serve it this way.

    • SFOrd says...

      Great idea

    • Haley says...

      BRILLIANT

    • Carrie says...

      That’s amazing!

  2. I think adding an ice cube is ESPECIALLY helpful for a cheap wine. I don’t know why but it always works.

  3. Rebecca says...

    This made me smile! I lived in Williamsburg, Virginia during law school and it is so terribly hot there most of the time. Two sweet old ladies lived next door to me and every evening they would be out on the porch, drinking a glass of white wine with ice cubes and noshing on Cheez-Its. Coming home every day to such a happy scene helped to keep me grounded in reality during those three intense years.

    • Kim says...

      Wine and Cheez-Its is THE BEST. I’m so happy to know I’m in good company with your sweet neighbors!

    • I love this!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg i love that so much, rebecca.

    • I’d be pretty happy if that was my life when I’m a sweet old lady. :)

    • Elizabeth Brightwell says...

      Wow, Rebecca! I am currently a 1L in Williamsburg, Virginia — Go Tribe! What a great scene you’ve described… And so Williamsburg!

  4. Claire says...

    Yes, great idea. Love the frozen fruit suggestion that others mentioned, and the spritzer and sangria recipes. Life is short and too cluttered with worries and opinions – everybody should just do it however they want to.

    • Lindsay says...

      Yes!

  5. Abbie says...

    Ice in (white) wine ALWAYS for me!

  6. AC says...

    I do one ice cube to cool down a white or rose if I’ve just bought it and don’t want to wait for it to cool in the fridge.
    When I waited tables in college, I had a regular who would always ask for a bit of ice in her red wine.
    I don’t think it’s terrible, but I don’t do it unless necessary or drinking sangria/wine cocktail/calimocho (coke+red wine+ice).

  7. María J says...

    In Spain we drink Sangría in the summer time : red wine, sparkling soda water, the peeling of both a lemon and an orange and a stick if cinammon. Just add some sugar if needed and drink extremely cold. There ‘s nothing more refreshing !

    • Claire says...

      this sounds delicious!

  8. If you want to, go for it! I prefer beer usually though. I love wine, in theory. But every time I drink it, even just one glass, I wake up with a headache (even if I drink water too). does this happen to anyone else?

    • Katie says...

      Is it red wine? Try taking an aspirin before drinking.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, i get TERRIBLE vice-like headaches with red wine, even half a glass. when in sonoma visiting my sister, i actually learned that it was because of the histamines. if i take a Claritin, i’m fine! (i still usually stick with white, but it was so interesting to learn this.)

    • Val says...

      beer for me too, and yes, the headache almost every time!

    • Carrie says...

      That’s how I am with any alcohol *other* than wine!

    • Allison says...

      You may have a mild sulfite allergy. Grapes naturally have sulfites but wine bottles are often treated with metabisulphite as well. If you’ve ever noticed spicy mustard or old garlic bothering you, that’s also natural sulfites.

  9. Dee says...

    I often add ice to white wine and maybe rose, but never to red. But as always, it’s do whatever makes you happy. :)

  10. Grace says...

    Definitely pro ice cubes in wine (and cold red wine for that matter).

    A trick to get your wine cold relatively quickly….Wet a paper towel and wrap it around the bottle. Put the bottle in the freezer (or fridge, depending on timing) and it will be cold in no time. I swear by this!

    • Deb says...

      This is a great trick! And your true friends won’t care that there are bits of kitchen roll frozen to the bottle :-)

    • Molly says...

      Yessss to chilled red wine (my fave!) and YAS to this tip! Never heard it, but will definitely be trying it.

  11. Sarah says...

    Ice in wine? No way rosé! I love my white wine very cold, so I find myself pouring small glasses and making more trips to the fridge. I’ve tried using my husband’s frozen whisky stones, but I don’t think they make a big difference.

  12. I remember hearing in passing from a French person that wine in France is just another drink, so putting ice cubes in it is not some horrible sin. It seems like a lot of somms agree these days. I probably wouldn’t put ice in red wine just because the thought of drinking it cold sounds weird to me but white, rose, or even champagne with ice sounds great to me in the summer.

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  13. Jessica says...

    My in-laws are from the south of France and they have a little ice bucket on the table at every meal for this very purpose.

  14. Jessica McManus says...

    Spritzers!! Bota Box makes a dry Rose now. Wine glass, full of ice, add wine and top with seltzer of your choice. So refreshing AND hydrating, it’s a win-win.

  15. Stef says...

    No wine for me, I am almost 17 months sober :) best thing that I have ever done.

    • Sarah says...

      Good for you, Stef! That’s a huge accomplishment. <3

    • Alice says...

      Huge congratulations Stef, that’s so great!!!! :)

    • Raquel says...

      That’s so awesome, Stef! Congrats!!!!

  16. Sadie says...

    The older I get, the more the entire concept of a “right” way to enjoy food and drink offends me. It reminds me of the grad students when I was in college who would look down on anyone who didn’t drink their coffee black (or, god forbid, didn’t like coffee). What is this gatekeeping nonsense? Can’t we just eat, drink, and enjoy ourselves? Who are we proving ourselves to by obeying these random wine rules? Why do they care?

    Wine sort of turned on me after I turned 30, but if I still drank it, I wouldn’t begrudge it some ice.

    • Sasha says...

      Thank you for this

    • Sarah says...

      “Wine sort of turned on me after I turned 30, but if I still drank it, I wouldn’t begrudge it some ice.” <– best line I've read today.

  17. Melanie says...

    I’ve never been in the never-ice-in-wine camp for awhile. But last summer we had a box of white (the good box…not the cheap kind – okay it’s Bota) and a party and it was a million degrees out and I started putting some ice in my chardonnay and dangit – it was good and I felt no shame.

  18. Sara says...

    Actually the real original Spritz is composed of sparkling white wine with ice and diluted with sparkling water. In Venice (where it was born and I am from :) it’s called ‘Spritz bianco’, meaning ‘white spritz’! Hope you tried it when you were in Italy last year !

  19. Katherine says...

    I like my white wine and rosé super cold, so I’m definitely not above using ice. I live in Austin, so in the summer months I’ll also forgo a wine glass and use a freezer-chilled Yeti instead. Keeps the wine cold way longer that way! (Also, if y’all don’t know Yeti brand cups and tumblers, look ‘em up, they’re life changing! When I was teaching, I’d fill up my mega huge tumbler with ice and water at the beginning of the day and the ice was still frozen solid by day’s end, requiring only water refills. Keeps beverages hot, too, if ya need that instead!)

  20. Leigh says...

    All. The. Time. I LOVE my drinks to be super cold. Wine spritzers are one of my favorite session drinks. I was so excited to see this article (it’s the little things)!

  21. Ha, this makes me smile. I add an ice cube to my glass of wine more then I care to admit! Sometimes when we get home from work, we feel like a glass of crisp white wine, and we didn’t plan well enough ahead to pull it from the cellar and put in the fridge! When it comes to wine, I’m all for anything that lets you enjoy it most! No fancy-schmansy rules :)

  22. It is prefectably acceptable for many low end to middle price wines.whether at home or in a restaurant.What you do at home with someone is your own business.

  23. Lisa says...

    It is VERY much a thing in the south of France where my husband is from – rosé with ice cubes.
    I haven’t had wine in aaaaaages (pregnant, breastfeeding, pregnant, breastfeeding) but if I would, it would be a nice glass of red with a good meal. And I’d be hammered after 2 sips

  24. I like my white wine cold, so I always add these plastic ice balls. That way, they don’t dilute the wine as they melt. Yes, they look a little funny, but they make me happy:)

  25. Ro says...

    I do this all the time. Granted, I’m plunking ice into some $2 Trader Joe’s , so I’m not one to ask when it comes to taste or whether or not this “ruins” the wine. But I still think I’d do it, even with pricier versions.

    It’s something I picked up from my older, cooler friend (who is from Europe) when she started serving me glasses with dirty old freezer cubes thrown in. Because she’s cooler and older and from Europe, I never batted an eye and have done the same ever since :)

  26. MM says...

    teacher, mom, wife, I drink wine in-the-box, with 2 cubes!
    & it’s well deserved!

  27. Anni says...

    White wine
    Elderflower syrup
    Sparkling water
    Lime juice
    Mint leaves
    Many ice cubes
    :) perfect summer drink!

    • OMG that sounds amazing!!! Where do you get the elderflower syrup?

  28. Lucy says...

    Haven’t done ice with wine, but it seemed pretty common for red wine to be served chilled in/near Australia, especially during warmer weather. I assume it probably depended on the wine, but it made sense to me (and we weren’t drinking expensive wines). (We were living in SE Asia, but hung out with a lot of Australians.)

  29. Laura says...

    I’m three months pregnant and missing wine HARD. I like the idea of putting ice in your wine to make it last a little longer, plus hydrate you. I will be trying this as soon as I’m postpartum so I’m not immediately under the table after one drink…

  30. Rebecca says...

    Frozen grapes are an excellent way to chill wine but not water it down. They also make for a tasty snack whilst drinking! Cheers!

  31. Ali says...

    I live in Perth, Australia, which has fierce summers. I love red wine and to drink it at the ideal temperature (16-17 degrees Celsius) a cube of ice goes in. Summer “room” temperature is way too hot. The trick is to resist the urge to fill it with ice – one, maybe two is enough and wont affect the flavour too much.

  32. Yes to ice in wine! I used to give my mother-in-law some major side eye when she and her sister would ice their Chardonnay, but now I totally do the same. I even ice my red wine at times! I initially chalked it up to getting old and weird, but my much more stylish friend who worked in the wine industry for years told me that he also sometimes has a glass of red on ice–apparently it’s a legitimate thing to do, not just poor (wo)man’s sangria. And as so many others have said, it makes a bottle last longer, helps hydrate, and results in less tipsiness. Wine wins all around!

  33. Maywyn says...

    Wonderful post.
    Not sure why, but I’ve been a no ice snob for decades. I have put ice in my wine without shunning myself so it must not be that bad.

  34. I have the most vivid memory of an afternoon sitting in Aix en Provence in the south of France with my husband where it was hotter than Hades, so instead of walking around like our other family members, we planked our butts down at an outside table at a tiny brasserie and ordered a bottle of crisp rose and a vegetarian pizza to share (odd choice, but it seemed perfect at the time and it was!). They brought the rose with a big bowl of ice with a spoon and we spent the next hour chatting, nibbling on pizza and refilling our glasses with rose and ice. It was pure heaven! :)

    Somehow the spoon made it extra fun and a little fancy, so maybe that’s the trick to make it feel less like your grandma’s wine with ice at home :p

  35. Janet says...

    I put cold sparkling water in my cheap white wine. It means I can have glass after glass without suffering the consequences. I’m a grown woman; I figure I can do what I want.

  36. Sue Pattillo says...

    Do what ever makes you happy! It is not any bodies business but yours! Enjoy!!!

  37. Alice says...

    I’m a wine snob, and I still do this all the time in the summer! It works best though if you’ve got a bottle in an ice bucket and you pour small measures, so you can drink it before it gets warm/ the ice melts too much.
    Certain red wines- lighter ones are the best for this- are great with ice too. A couple of years ago, I was dating a professional sailor, and when I flew out to visit him where he worked in Mallorca, we hung out on the deck of the beautiful yacht he worked on, barefoot, drinking iced red wine and talking about everything. One of my all time happiest memories, and the wine was all the lovelier for sharing it in such a perfect setting.

  38. K says...

    Try adding seltzer to wine. Have you ever sipped a glass of wine that doesn’t taste so good? Or have a bottle that’s been open a few days? Adding seltzer surprisingly seems to fix it.
    My mother always adds two ice cubes, and apologizes every time.

  39. Cydney says...

    My grandmother and aunts do it. It’s just something I also picked up but only when I’m at home. No shame though, lol.

  40. J says...

    This is very common in South Africa. If you order white wine it often comes with a glass full of ice, a spoon and sometimes on its own plate.

  41. TB says...

    When visiting my lovely niece during her gap year in Almeria (the hottest/driest area in southern Spain) she introduced us to Tinto De Verano – 1 part red wine, lots of ice, topped up with lemonade or sparkly water. Really refreshing.

  42. Alice says...

    I really need a glass of wine after reading these comments, ice or no ice! And to re-read Diane Keaton’s autobiography.

    I’m getting on that rose and san pelligrino and cards trip an earlier commenter set in motion. My sister is coming to stay and I can think of no-one I’d prefer to do this with :) Weekend sorted.

  43. Deb says...

    My tolerance for any alcoholic drink is one glass. Not that I don’t want more than one but one really sets me on my butt. Since I have added ice (lots of ice) I can have two drinks if it is a long evening out. Whoo hoo!

  44. Alex says...

    I saw people mixing red wine with coca-cola so…..also, in Ancient Greece wine wine was always mixed with water. As for myself, I wouldn’t put anything into my wine, but I love to have a giant mug if tea to sip on when drinking wine. I nevet get a hangover this way- it’s all about hydration ;)

  45. This is one of my most favorite things about living outside of the states. Ice in wine, a-okay in 90% of situations. Do, do, do ….

  46. You inspire me every single time. Thank you for sharing your happiness through this post!

  47. Josephine says...

    I live in Sydney, where it’s got more often that it’s not! If I know i’m going to need a glass of wine in the evening, i’ll pop the bottle in the freezer for half an hour (I put the oven timer in so I don’t forget about it). However, i’m not above putting ice in the glass in an emergency (ie. just home from a crappy day and can’t wait half an hour) – it really will be ok, you know?!

  48. Rondi says...

    I only drink red and have always enjoyed it chilled. I used to make excuses to others but now I just drink it the way I want. On hot summer evenings I have put ice in my red wine. It is refreshing and slows alcohol consumption. Living in Florida there are many outdoor bars. I often find the red wine has turned because the bar does not chill it as they do the white. Recently we were enjoying music and dinner at an outside restaurant and the house Cabernet Sauvignon they brought me was chilled. I was thrilled!

  49. Agnès Mérat says...

    I just love your blog! I think it makes us all feel like we are actually part of the best scene in a Nancy Meyers’ movie! (and there will be Meryl and Diane). Cheers to all!

    • Liljmp says...

      Yes! This!

  50. I never never thought I would say this, but I actually love a wine spritzer. After living in Switzerland for four years, I finally came around to this genius German/Austrian concept for hot summer days. Recipe:
    -Three parts white wine (especially Reisling or Gewürztraminer)
    -One Part club soda
    -Dash of bitters
    -Slice of citrus
    Heaven!

  51. Deanna says...

    I’ll throw ice cubes in if desperate, but my favorite way to chill wine is to add whatever frozen berries I have at home to the glass and call it sangria.

  52. Laura says...

    As someone who works in the Napa/Sonoma Wine world… you do you, girlfriend! I hate when people extol the BEST wines or ways to enjoy it. When people visit a tasting room and ask to try “your best wine” I ask… what do you like? As with almost all things in life, just because I like something doesn’t mean you will! Personal choice FTW! (Also I am so team ice in my Chard on a hot day!!!)

  53. OCEANE says...

    Alright. I’m French – living in Asia since few years. Being an expat for so long I now realize we grew up with wine. Even when we are not expert we can tell when a wine is good or not, it’s basic French skills. I would NEVER put ice in wine. If I have to cut it with water so it tastes better I would rather not drink it at all, drinking bad wine is so irritating. You can put ice in the empty glass if your wine is not cold enough, and once the glass is cold, remove it and pour the wine. And the best wine of all, Red wine, should never be drunk cold anyway. Once you put ice in the wine and it starts melting… This is not wine anymore.

  54. Elise says...

    In the German part of Switzerland, we have a drink called Gespritze Weisse which translates to fuzzy white. It’s soda with (usually low quality) white wine. It comes with a slice of lemon and ice cubes. We joke that it’s a way to sell low quality wine while being refreshing in summer. But it’s rather dangerous on summer nights, you end up drinking it faster than you would.

  55. Alexis says...

    David Lebovitz does it with rose, as does everyone in Marseille.

    ’nuff said.

  56. Kim Murphy says...

    All the comments..wine is to be enjoyed by each person..individually.
    The good, the bad. The ugly….its wine…LOVE IT.!!!

  57. Alyssa says...

    My sister-in-law and I put ice in our white wine when we get together. We call white wine with ice “a golden girl” or we ask each other “want to golden girl it this afternoon?” She’s Bea and I’m Rose, but before we had kids we were both Blanches.

    • Liljmp says...

      O, I love this – I am giggling at work, trying to keep it low!

  58. Hannah says...

    Only with inexpensive white wine, never red.

  59. A Martin says...

    To quote the great Amy Poehler, “Good for her! Not for me.“

  60. Julie says...

    SPRITZERS!!! They are summertime deliciousness/make me feel like i’m the 1980’s country club version of myself :)

  61. I don’t put ice in wine- I just can’t! It knocks the taste off too much for me- but to each their own!! I do love to freeze a glass before I pour my wine into it, especially if it’s a little too room temperature. I think I’ll pop one in the freezer now, in fact :)

  62. Molly says...

    One of my fav after work drinks is the Moon X red blend wine from Trader Joe’s with one of their flavored soda waters (watermelon!) and of course tons of ice. Hello summer sangria in a flash!

  63. Maureen says...

    My kids (adults!) always say they know my wine glass at gatherings by the ice in it. And roll their eyes.

  64. Aoife says...

    In Australia its common to freeze grapes and then pop them in your wine when it’s hot out. Cold drink but no watering down of the quality vino!

  65. Rosalie says...

    When I turned 21 my mom gave me two rules to live by and so far they’ve served me well:
    1. Always drink your coffee black.
    2. Never put ice in your wine.

  66. Sara says...

    ICE + white wine + blackberry cucumber la croix = the best day drink spritzer

  67. DO! I live in Napa Valley and have worked in the wine industry for 16 years, and I say that this is perfectly acceptable. Most of our friends in Napa agree – no shame in our ice-in-your-wine game. ;)

  68. In Strasbourg, France it’s totally fine to add ice to your white or rose wines. Some restaurants even give you a bowl of ice if you order something other than red.

  69. Kim G says...

    I put some in my wine with my SIL, her brother, mother and the fam tonight!

  70. Kevin says...

    Never add ice to a wine worth drinking. If ice is your only option , drink something else!

    • John snotty says...

      Came to say this

    • Cláudia says...

      Exactly! :)

    • Ana says...

      Thank you.

    • I agree with Kevin. It is like ordering a fabulous steak and smothering it with ketchup ;)

    • meg says...

      +1000!!!

    • Lizzy says...

      This should be on a T-shirt :)

    • Marie says...

      This has to be the best answer on this post :-)

  71. Nadja says...

    My grandma would always have red wine with ice – even good wine, even in a fancy restaurant. If she got a look from the waiter, she would tell them, with absolutely no shame, “I’m a cheap drunk!”

  72. In SE Asia where it is perennially hot, it’s common to get beers with a bucket of ice and who doesn’t love ice cold beer?

  73. Tee says...

    Not me, but you do you, I say!
    I just trust wine drinkers the more than everyone else.

  74. Susan says...

    Even better – wine spritzers, with icy sparkling water! You can make a bottle of rose last all afternoon while playing cards with a friend if you also happen to have a bottle of San Pellegrino to go with it. And you don’t get nearly as drunk – just nicely tipsy and hydrated ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      “You can make a bottle of rose last all afternoon while playing cards with a friend if you also happen to have a bottle of San Pellegrino to go with it” = omg that is ALL i want to do right now.

    • Dana says...

      YES and yes to wine with San Pellegrino! This is my summer go-to.

    • Anna says...

      Yes, I second this- just make a wine spritzer! It feels both relaxed and decadent and slightly old-fashioned, and is so refreshing! Somebody make me one already! x

    • Verona says...

      That’s exactly what we do! Summer in a glass.

    • Kristy says...

      Yes! I love a spritzer on a hot day

    • Melanie says...

      This sounds so dreamy it hurts. There’s still a mountain of snow outside and all I want is a nice warm tipsy day drinking day

    • Mallory says...

      This is what my girlfriends and I do!

    • 100% to this. I’ve been doing this for the last year, a splash of grapefruit fizzy water in my cheap white wine? Yes, it certainly isn’t going to hurt it that $7 bottle and it makes it feel more festive!

  75. Sara says...

    I do it and am 100% unashamed.

    • LOR says...

      Same. I love a nice chilled glass of wine, when I order white wine at a restaurant and I feel it’s too warm, I’ll add ice. I only worry about me!

  76. Celeste says...

    I love how you continue to make time for your friends and have the support to watch the kiddos while you do! This is a hard thing for me.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      celeste, i wish i could beam myself there to babysit while you go out for a much-deserved walk/movie/dinner.

    • Cait says...

      DITTO.

  77. Courtney says...

    The number of times Diane Keaton has been mentioned in these comments is hilarious! All of us just want to be drinking cheap wine on ice with her, I guess.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      definitely. that should be the next Cup of Jo event. :)

    • stacy says...

      where do I sign up??!!

  78. Erica says...

    I’m all for it ?

  79. Alex says...

    Ice waters it down :)

  80. Suzi says...

    Sparkling water mixed with red or white = delish and refreshing

  81. Cee says...

    I randomly heard somewhere that Diane Keaton puts ice in her RED wine. . . and I immediately had to try it. Now I unabashedly pour myself a big glass of Diane Keaton in the evenings after a long day. It is a DELIGHT.

  82. Kristy says...

    What? You can drink wine without ice? Lol. JK
    Hot climates, adds hydration, etc.

  83. Terri says...

    I keep grapes in the freezer when the weather warms up (I love crunching on frozen grapes to cool down on hot summer nights!). They are perfect to pop in a glass of wine. It cools the wine down and after I’m done I have a little snack! :)

    • Shannon says...

      Genius!

    • Dinah Yu says...

      Love this idea! Almost like a quick sangria

    • Verona says...

      This is genius! :)

    • Neens says...

      Second this!! frozen grapes for the win – and they are delicious to snack on just on their own :)

    • Melanie says...

      I am definitely doing this this summer – if it ever comes :)

    • I am totally stealing this idea.

      I’d only do normal ice cubes with cheap wine, not good wine. But to each our own!

    • stacy says...

      Same… with berries too, works perfectly in white wine for the summer

  84. Caroline says...

    This is too funny, I’m 29 and recently I’ve been heralding ‘water wine’ to my friends. My metabolism has been slowed so much recently and this allows me to drink a whole glass or two without dying. And as you said, it really can improve the bouquet on a lesser-quality vintage. I wouldn’t suggest this for quality wine, but it certainly doesn’t hurt the cheap stuff. Warning: if tried in a bar or public setting, pregnancy may be assumed.

    • Amber Grady says...

      I love everything about this!

  85. Lindsay says...

    This is so my Aunt Maria! She loves Pinot Grigio and always plunks a cube or two into her glass :)

  86. Rosie says...

    I’m married to a Frenchman and Ive been doing this forever… to my red wine. How is this ice thing any different than the way women are judging other women for their breast or bottle feeding. Let’s all get over it and support each other drinking our alcohol the way we prefer it. Ok?

    • Kirstin says...

      I agree wholeheartedly! There are enough actual rules in life – why create more for ourselves?

    • Abesha1 says...

      Um, maybe because wine has nothing to do with the nutrition of a newborn child? What a weird comparison to make.

  87. Sarah says...

    I do this all the time – especially when in a hot and humid country. Wine doesn’t always taste great when it’s very hot but if I still really feel like a glass, an ice cube or too “freshens” it up.
    Wine is such a funny subject. People seem to worry a lot about whether they are doing the “right” thing. Who cares! Drink whatever you like, whichever which way you like. It’s a drink! I don’t care what people think about how I eat a sandwich! I worked for many years at a winery and have a graduate qualification in wine studies and the main thing I learnt is a good wine is the one you enjoy drinking!

  88. Hillary says...

    My mom was a teacher and in the evenings when she got home she would make herself a “titanic”, aka a glass of cheap white wine with two ice cubes. Her life motto: “More bread, more wine and more avocados!”

    • Kathleen says...

      I want to be your mom when I’m older.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      me too :)

    • Tee says...

      ‘Titanic’…love this. It shouldn’t be funny but it is.

  89. Sara says...

    At home I drink cheap red wine with sparkling water and ice added I discovered it in the summer but love it so much I drink it year round.

    • Kate says...

      Put a slice of orange in that and you are on your way to a sangria!

  90. Lorena says...

    Yup! This Cali girl does . So what, I say. And so did my dapper summer-uniform-white-linen-trousers-with-the-pale-pink/white striped-shirt-sleeves-rolled-up-wearing French FIL in Toulouse. My best summer memory from stays in SW France: watching him standing -contentement oozing – on the back covered patio, gazing at the grandkids cavorting wildly in the grass or in the pool, sipping, sipping, sipping rose. I can still hear the ice cubes clinking when he raised the glass to his lips. And then he turned to greet we weary travelers hello.

    • Verona says...

      What a lovely image.

    • I love this image so much.

    • Leanne says...

      This is so sweet, Lorena. Thanks for bringing us into your memory.

  91. Rachel says...

    I sat next to Diane Keaton at a bar a few years ago and she scooped ice into her glass of wine…made me adore her even more, and made me unabashedly add ice to wine!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s so cool, rachel!!

    • Oh my goodness this makes me love her even more than I already do! If this doesn’t validate that it’s totally cool to add ice to our wine, I don’t know what does!

  92. Lulu says...

    You can make wine ice cubes. Same wine is ideal… but a light rose or white will do the trick ;-) You could also add fruit to it – berries look cool in an ice cube. Makes for a quick and easy wine cocktail.

  93. Ramona says...

    two words…wine pearls.

  94. TWO WORDS.

    DIANE KEATON.

    • Ramona says...

      Ha ha ha ha ha!!! :D Love Diane Keaton!!!

  95. Mandy says...

    I drink red wine, room temp. If I happen to have a dry white (cheap stuff, think $10 – $20 range) I will chill it, NO ice. However, I happened to get a strawberry wine (I am considering this a “white”) and I served it over chopped ice. It was great as a summer treat. So, really do WHATEVER you want, it’s your drink :)

  96. Jen says...

    I definitely plunk a cube or two into a glass of white wine on almost any occasion, and always have– but I have felt especially fine about it ever since reading about “session drinks” on this very website. : )

  97. Naila Hanak says...

    My favorite ice-in-wine story is one my grandmother used to tell.

    While at a fancy fundraiser, she ordered a glass of wine and was horrified to see that they’d put an ice cube inside of her drink. Being the elegant but practical lady she is, she immediately fished it out of her glass and dropped it in an ash tray. Almost an hour later, it came up in conversation that the jewelry company who had sponsored the event had hidden small diamonds in a select few ice cubes. After retracing her steps, she found her way back to the ash tray (now full of ash) to find a sliver of ice cube left… with a tiny diamond inside!

    After telling me the story dozens of times and seeing me admire the diamond itself in wonder, she finally had it set in a necklace as a gift to me- one of my most prized possessions. When I recently asked if she’d ever drink with with an ice cube again, she just shuddered and shook her head.

    • Brittany says...

      This is bonkers!

    • Katie says...

      This is an AMAZING story!!!

    • I want to be friends with your grandmother.

    • Claire says...

      Great story!

    • Kate says...

      This is so cool!

  98. Kelley says...

    Just dropping in to say thanks for posting Marissa’s article! She’s a good friend and I love seeing the connection on here :)

  99. Kate Bentley says...

    So my husband always says I’m a hillbilly when I put ice in my white wine but I can help it bc I love all things cold to drink! I’m the crazy lady at Starbucks during snow storms still ordering her iced coffee! Apparently though I need to update my hubs and tell him I’m chic!

  100. Charlotte K says...

    A requirement in rose and white for me in the summer months…the more ice the better!!! I think those wines are too cloying without it (usually I’m a red wine drinker, but find iced wine refreshing in the heat)

  101. Elizabeth says...

    All the ladies at the country club pool snack bar where I worked in college put ice in their wine, and I thought it was so weird, but I think we only served Yellowtail and they sat around all day watching their kids take swim lessons, so now I totally get it.

  102. Brianna says...

    I don’t drink, but if I did, I would put ice in my wine. I like cold beverages cold. I drink water with a ridiculous amount of ice, all year round.

  103. Heather says...

    I like to add flavored fizzy water. I see no problem adding in a couple of ice cubes if need be. You’ve basically made yourself a fancy cocktail with the minimum amount of effort.

    • Rachael says...

      I see no problem with this. During the summer, I love to cut my wine with sparkling water or diet soda. Coke Zero is delicious with red wine and ice – cheap sangria! White wine is perfect with pretty much any flavor sparkling water or diet ginger ale. Mm, can’t wait for spritzer season.

  104. Maria says...

    NEVER. however, i am a red wine lover. i have the occasional glass of rose, which is chilled – still never any ice, and i do love sparkling wine (again, never any ice) but i don’t drink white. at all. so perhaps that makes all the difference? all other cold beverages, the more ice, the BETTER. so you do you. ;)

  105. Katie says...

    An older woman in my family cuts her red wine with Coca Cola, so do whatever you want, I say.

    • I’ve heard this called a Roman Coke!

    • Val says...

      This is super tasty. Cheers to this one!

    • Batya says...

      WHAT!

    • Clara Artschwager says...

      This comment made my Wednesday night!

    • Roman Coke! We used to do this in high school with boxed wine (so the friend’s parents didn’t notice how much wine was missing). I think our Spanish exchange student introduced my group of friends to that cocktail. Good grief, not as funny now that I have a middle schooler.

    • Katie says...

      Are you Basque?! I’m from Idaho and all the Basque folks I know loooooove kalimotxo (red wine and coke).

    • Allison says...

      I’ve heard this called a kalimotxo – it’s popular in Spain!

    • Amy says...

      I’ve heard it called the Poor Man’s Sangria and know several who partake!

    • Kate says...

      Roller Cola!

    • Charlotte K says...

      That’s Kalimotxo, a fave in Spain, as I understand it, although it was introduced to me by my niece and nephew here in US. I make it all the time in summer. I add a slice of orange, lemon or lime.

    • Linda says...

      In the Basque country it’s called Kalimotxo. We have a lot of Basque influence in our city and many festivals and celebrations throughout the year.
      I once totally offended my uncle when I poured Diet Pepsi into my red wine. Hey, it’s my drink; I do what I want.

  106. Tara says...

    My friend Chrissy orders Pinot with seltzer and ice during our GNOs. She’s a personal trainer, a bit of a wino, and on to something brilliant.

    • YJ says...

      in austria they call it a “spritzer” and I love it.

  107. Elayna says...

    omg…I need gif’s that you can manually pause, please! Thank you.

    That said, my mother unapologetically put ice in her wine, which I looked the other way for until David Lebovitz’s blog from Paris taught me that it’s a thing and totally ok to use common sense where wine is concerned! Then I remembered that my mother lived in France as a child, so she knew.

    Thirdly, I LOVE that retro photo! Where you find these, I wish I knew!

  108. Rhonda says...

    I like ice in Rose and white wines, especially if they’re not chilled. Also at a baby shower this weekend a woman was drinking a mix of ice cold Perrier and Rose and I have to say that I tried myself and it was so light and refreshing a delicious. I might be a convert.

  109. Lacy says...

    I never feel more like my mother than when I enjoy a glass of white wine with ice. (Except maybe when consuming said iced wine while yelling unsolicited advice to my husband in the other room.)

    On a similar note, my best friend and I have dubbed 2018 the year of the white wine spritzer. Just pop a well-paired can of La Croix -I can personally recommend Pamplemous with Sav Blanc- and mix to your desired potency. Perfect way to imbibe while staying hydrated at a weekend bbq!

    • Ally says...

      Thanks for the lol of your first paragraph!

  110. RB says...

    Haha! I was literally at a restaurant with my grandmother last night and she asked for ice to be brought out so she could put it in her white wine :) Totally down, I like my white real cold and am no connessieur, so it doesn’t bother me at all.

  111. Lily says...

    Yes! Lol a patented mom trick.

  112. Sally says...

    oh, definitely do. sometimes I add seltzer to white wine too.

  113. Dominique says...

    Frozen fruit is 100% my jam! Especially in a dry wine. It gets it cold, doesn’t water it down, plus you get to eat wine soaked fruit at the end. I like to experiment with different combos like frozen peaches with white wine, frozen cherries in a red, etc. With that said – if we happen to be out of frozen fruit…I do add 1-2 cubes of ice.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s brilliant, dominique! going to try tonight ;)

    • Jennifer says...

      Frozen grapes work great and don’t change the taste

    • Rebecca says...

      Frozen raspberries are my jam if I have a bottle of white that’s not as lovely as I expected! It doesn’t taste like wine, per se, but does taste delicious: and really, isn’t that the point?

  114. Jen says...

    Cheap wine yes but a really nice bottle of wine? Oh no no no!

  115. Lisa T says...

    I only drink red and have been in the above situations and used ice. Free to be you and me. :)

    • Cathy says...

      Yes!

  116. Sonja says...

    You do you. But also, no. Never.

    • Agree! I read the first three lines and my inner voice was like, “Nooooooooooooo!” Just because its popular doesn’t mean it’s right.

  117. Christy says...

    My husband adds water to his glass of red at home…he says this dilutes, he drinks less wine but has more to drink. Apparently Thomas Jefferson did this so he didn’t go thru his stock of imported French wine quickly! I’ll have to tell him about adding ice cubes… perhaps not to red wine?

  118. txilibrin says...

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. I have typed each no. No copy and paste. :)

  119. Cheap white wine with grapefruit soda is no slouch either ;)

  120. I worked in wine marketing for nearly six years and the thing that irked me the most about the industry was the snobbery associated with the consumption of the product!

    I am ALL for people just enjoying wine the way they want to enjoy it. That’s what it’s made for, especially for bottles designed for everyday consumption (not the super expensive estate wines). If you want ice, add ice. If you like your reds chilled, chill them. If you like to add a packed of splenda to your reds (it’s a thing!), do it.

    In the industry, so many of us work so hard to make awesome, accessible wines with a goal of having more Americans enjoy wine in general. I think all forms of snobbery and elitism should be removed from most things, especially wine. That’s my two cents, not that anyone needs my permission. :)

    • Yaass! Me too -I have worked in marketing and events for a premium winery for more than a decade and I kinda snicker at the faux horror & judgey disgust… Ice and sauv blanc is a go-to summer refresher/ just got the pre schooler in bed for me (love the flavored seltzer pairing ideas too!)

    • Susan Kilpatrick says...

      Thanks for just saying it – I agree!

  121. Allison says...

    I forgot which interview it was, but Diane Keaton said she prefers red wine with a few ice cubes. Enough validation for me!

  122. My husband adds water to his wine all the time which I think is disgusting. I don’t think I could deal with ice cubes either. Though, I love limoncello over some ice so perhaps I could be persuaded? This is all reminding me of some cheesy Diane Keaton movie where she’s the mom and puts ice in her wine.. I can picture the poster…

  123. Jenna says...

    I grew up in the Sicilian and Greek traditions of watering down wine for kids to drink and I have never outgrown it- I prefer my wine (red and white and homebrew) with about 1/4 water added.

  124. jac says...

    I think it’s tacky…but I also think we only have one life and we should do whatever the hell we want.

  125. Christina says...

    There are some Argentinian white wines that are a little fizzy (New Age wine, $7, anyone?!) and they actually recommend serving over ice with a slice of lime. Instant cocktail!

  126. A friend curbed his at-home wine habit by filling a tumbler with ice then pouring in some white. His issues were not about being “oenologically” correct but with watching his consumption. It helped that we lived in a warm climate. ;-)

  127. Brooke says...

    I like my white and rose very, very cold so I will often put an ice cube in, especially in the summer. No shame!! I like that its extra hydration. Anything to reduce my headache the next morning amirite?

  128. CS says...

    I used to live in France and plunking an ice cube in a white or rose was perfectly acceptable on a warm day. Obviously you wouldn’t do this with a fancy bottle, but regular everyday wine sometimes needs an ice cube! We used to play petanque while we had apero and we would all plop a cube in our rose to keep it cool.

  129. Zoe says...

    Fond memories of my mom drinking Mogen David on ice.

  130. Kristin says...

    Even better with a seltzer top-off!

  131. Cate says...

    My parents drink cheap Chardonnay exclusively, haha! So when I’m at their house it’s actually more accurate to say that I have wine with my ice.

  132. Emily C says...

    Love an iced down wine!

  133. Sarah D. says...

    What?! Does this mean sugar cubes will be acceptable additions to a glass soon? My boss does this from time to time, in the most discreet way possible, and I totally enjoy watching him try to pretend it’s not happening:)

  134. Hillary F. says...

    There are lots of things to feel guilt and shame about (hello plastic) but putting ice in your wine isn’t one of them :) . My bookclub is filled with smart, fancy ladies and every single one of them does it.

  135. Tanith says...

    Ice in wine may sound like a faux pas here in the US (and I’m guessing Europe?) but in Japan it’s totally not!

    When I went there a few years ago, a friend from Japan, ordered plum wine (ume shu) “on the rocks”. It’s a really sweet wine, almost like a dessert wine, and when you get it on the rocks, it comes in a whiskey glass with ice cubes! It’s amazing and refreshing and I highly recommend ordering it here in the US at any Japanese restaurant (I promise they won’t think you’re breaking any wine rules!). Or you could just buy some and drink it home and it’s delicious there too =)

    • Sadie says...

      Wow, you just brought back such great memories of visiting Japan in the dead of summer! It was exactly as you descibe– a whiskey glass of umeshu on ice, and it couldn’t have been more pleasant.

  136. bethyp says...

    My mother-in-law has been doing this for years (always with a cute “sorry, I’m a lightweight!” comment). Guess who did it last week (to cool down the mediocre house white wine and cut the taste) — and loved it?!

    I’m a convert (and not yet a grandma – although I also recently decided to “transition” my hair to gray that I’ve been covering for years…).

    I’m reluctant to try it with red wine, but then again, there’s sangria…

  137. lana says...

    Mais oui! I’ve been adding ice since my 20’s and sometimes club soda.
    Lightens it up!

  138. Cait says...

    The best trick I learned one very hot summer studying abroad in Provence (from a French woman hosting a cooking class in her home – so it’s French woman approved!) is to add a little soda water and lemon (or lemonade or just lemon flavored sparkly water) to white wine or rose. This over ice makes for a very tasty pool beverage and since it’s a bit watered down, it’s easy to have a few :)

  139. carla says...

    I love my wine ice cold, so if it’s not cold enough, I’ll add some ice. If I’m with others, I tell them it’s for good luck (which I totally made up but they don’t know that).

  140. Casey says...

    My husband put ice in his wine when we first met and I totally judged him, lol! But this is interesting. In the Deep South I would often forgo wine for a cold beer in the summer. Now I can use the “too damn hot” excuse! I would still hesitate to put ice in a really good wine. I have started putting ice and a flavored fizzlely drink in my wine to make spritzers. I just had a baby and am all about indulging for the time being!

  141. Angela says...

    I love to cut it with ice & la croix! Hydrating & lasts longer but still feels fancy-ish!

  142. Have you seen the PBS show “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having?” My husband and I are kinda (embarrassingly) hooked on it right now, and last night we watched the episode where Phil heads to Paris to eat all the things. And one of his guides is an American ex-pat, who says, “In France, wine is just another drink, not something to sniff and swirl. In the South of France, you pour rose over ice and enjoy it on a hot day.” I’m totally into it!

    I’ve also been known to do half sav blanc, half La Croix for a little spritzer. :)

    • Amanda says...

      Ooh — that show looks great! Definitely adding it to the list.

    • Sasha says...

      I think it’s on Netflix, along with another similar show called “Somebody feed Phil”. Both are so fun and entertaining, and oddly touching at times. Phil’s parents are an absolute hoot.

  143. lydia says...

    i live in south florida and sometimes red wine is just to warm at room temp, so i take out a bag of frozen strawberries or mango or raspberries and plow a few into my wine. it cools it down and the wine tastes like a weeknight version of sangria. added bonus the wine infused fruit at the bottom of my glass is like a pleasant surprise! ha!

    • lydia says...

      geesh typos galore, you get what i mean, she whispers with a glass of wine in her non typing hand

  144. Katy says...

    Music to my ears. Often white wine is too strong of a taste for me so I cut it with ice. Until 5:12pm today, I was too self conscious to drop the cubes in a restaurant! I’m assuming this goes for red and white?! Please tell me goes for both.

  145. Of course! Cubes all the way, especially if it’s hot out or the wine is room temperature (white). I draw the line at ice in red… some things are sacred.

  146. Elizabeth says...

    To chill a white without watering it down I sometimes throw a few chunks of frozen pineapple! I’m no wine expert but something about the flavor pairing is amazing!

    • Amy D says...

      That sounds delicious to this very pregnant mama. Going to add that to my wish list for when I get home from the hospital!

    • Lauren says...

      Going to try this right now :) Thanks!

  147. Piscine means swimming pool in French! ?

    • Sasha says...

      ?
      This is the funniest thing! Is it just a fun name, or are the French making fun? Either way, dying ?