4 New England Wineries Respond to Martha Stewart’s Claim That It’s OK to Put Ice in Wine
Martha Stewart told People Magazine that it's OK to put ice in your wine.
What the what?!? Has she been hanging out with Snoop too long, taking in his casual whatevs attitude? This is tough, because Martha is the queen of lifestyle perfection.
I mean sure, we’ve probably all put ice in our wine at last once because we were sipping out in the hot, humid weather at a baseball game, or didn't have a properly-chilled bottle, but honestly, this goes against everything we've ever learned about wine etiquette.
No matter what the reason, it's most definitely not the norm and will dilute the colors, aromas, texture, and tastes, especially in the more fine or complex wines, according to Vine Pair and the Institute of Culinary Education.
I decided to ask 4 of our New England wineries what they thought.
Tom Zack is the Wine Director for Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown, New Hampshire, and here are his thoughts
What ever floats your boat. I wouldn't as a general rule however there are some wines that it completely works for. We have fruit wines like watermelon and pineapple that prefer ice, especially if you add a little rum. But straight wine, like I said, I would personally never add ice.
By the way, he adds that his refreshing Z-Wines at Zorvino come in a variety of fruit flavors, adding a unique twist to their vineyard, and they're available year-round.
Here's what Brian Ferguson, the owner/operator of Flag Hill Winery and Distillery in Lee, New Hampshire, had to say:
Boy, that's a charged topic. Personally I don't care. I wouldn't, but it's an individual thing and I won't judge. The only thing I will say is that no matter what, for goodness' sake, buy New Hampshire wine.
Flag Hill has always been about tastings with their unique wines, and is ready for you when you are, ice or not.
At Massachusetts' Nashoba Winery in Bolton, Restaurant Manager Kristine Dangona had this to say:
Why would you want to water it down and ruin the flavor? You should always have a chilled bottle ready to go, especially if you're a wine drinker. That's my personal opinion, but if flavor isn't that important then I guess it doesn't matter.
If you decide to join Nashoba for their tasting events or on your own with tapas and you want ice, they'll give you ice for your wine.
Finally, Megan Wei, the Marketing Director of the family-owned-and-operated Dragonfly Farm and Winery in Stetson, Maine, said this:
Whatever works for each person is what works. For your traditional, fine wines I personally wouldn't because you lose a lot in flavor and taste. However, we actually have wines that we encourage you to put ice in them. We are known for untraditional wines and our all fruit wines are even better with ice
Megan adds that they're open for tastings at Dragonfly inside or at their outdoor fire tables, so come by, and however you like to drink your wine is just fine.
Where do you stand on the topic? Do you agree with Martha?