Pinot On Ice
This past fathers day was a hoot. We had four fine fathers gathered with their wives and children and grandchildren all in our newly renovated back yard. It was all good…Until I had to explain myself.
You see it was warm outside. And while a chilled rose and gewurztraminer were on the table, I wanted to drink something red. But it was just too damn hot to really appreciate it. So I did what I often do with red wine when it’s hot: I put ice cubes in the wine.
Oh my god!!!!!! Ice cubes.
My family and in-laws who fancy me a "wine dude" were aghast. "you don’t put ice cubes in wine, let alone red wine, Mr. Wine dude!"
And this brings us to the ultimate question: What is wine for?
Is it for savoring under perfect condition so the wine’s nuances and complexity will show? Or is wine for drinking, plain and simple?
But pick your battles is my cry. Have you ever had a Pinot Noir on a hot day chilled down with a few cubes? The wine is cool, refreshing and quaffable. Yes, it loses some of its nuance (well, a lot of it), but who cares. Wine is here on earth for one reason: To make life more enjoyable. That’s it. There is no other reason. Make some up if you want, but they will all be lies and fabrications after you get past the "wine is for making life more enjoyable" explanation.
The iced pinot tasted great with the meatballs and warm day.
It’s going to start to get hot out there. It’s summer. You can go with the chilled Rose or white wine. But give other variations a try: Pinot over ice with a lime wedge. Cabernet over ice with a teaspoon of sugar. Take a flabby Chard, ice it down, drop i a lemon wedge.
The other fathers were still a bit aghast when I explained this philosophy to them. I think I burst their bubble about my wine savvy reputation. I’ll fix that at thanksgiving when I blow their minds with a well aged sauvignon blanc or some champagne with fifteen years on it.
Until then, I’m icing the pinot whenever I damn want to.