THE PISCINE OF ROSÉ - French Wine on Ice

Do the French ever put ice in their wine? You bet they do. And it’s called a “Piscine de Vin”—a lovely name for a most refreshing thing.

This year, I saw something in Côte d’Azur cafés that I hadn’t noticed that much in the past: goblet-sized wine glasses filled with wine (or sparking wine) and ice cubes.

Sure, in the past, I’d seen people request a few ice cubes from a waiter, then plunk a few in their wine on a hot day. But I don’t think I’d ever seen so many waiters show up at tables with pre-iced-up goblets filled with wine. And I’d never seen iced-up wine specifically on menus. Until now.