It is possible that for some time now you have seen more frequently people drinking a glass of wine (especially white) accompanied by ice. To refresh? To quench the flavors? The debate is on the table, and from Barcolobo we are going to try to clarify it.
The only use of ice in beverages has always been to refresh the contents. We do it in our homes, in bars, and it has always been like that. The problem is that if the liquid is too hot and the ice is not “quality”, the drink ends up watered down. It all depends (also) on how thirsty the consumer is.
It happens with soft drinks, juices and… with wine? As we have previously explained in our blog, each wine has a recommended serving temperature, which is between 14 and 16C in the case of reds and 8 and 10C in the case of whites and rosés. And this is important, because this temperature will also help the wine to enhance its nuances.
How to cool wine
This is where the use of ice comes into play… (or not). There are many ways to cool the wine in “record” time: put the bottle in an ice bucket full of ice (to which you can add coarse salt to speed up this process), introduce a cooling rod (which we have previously had in the freezer), or… add an ice cube in the glass.
The other two tricks do not alter the components of the wine in any way. But ice can. Not only because it will turn sour, but also because it comes into contact with other elements such as chlorine or limescale (if the ice is homemade from tap water). In case the ice is “quality”, hard, like the one we consume in bars and restaurants or acquire in supermarkets and gas stations, the process can even be positive. Why? Because by leaving it in contact for a couple of seconds, you can cool the drink and not allow the ice to melt.
At this point, some people prefer to leave it in the glass, so that it does not lose its freshness. If you want to prevent the wine from going sour and losing all its flavor, the only factor that comes into play is the consumer’s thirst and how fast he/she drinks. At Barcolobo, we prefer not to use ice; simply keep the wine at its recommended temperature.