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Ice in wine debate continues with rude Australian bar receipt

A rude comment on an Australian bar receipt has re-ignited the debate about whether you should put ice in a glass of wine. 

(Image: Reddit)

The comment was put on a receipt by a member of staff at The Cornish Arms in Brunswick, Victoria. A ‘bogan’ is a similar term of abuse to ‘chav’ in the UK or a ‘hillbilly’ in America.

Unsurprisingly, the comment created debate online when it was posted on social media, with some on reddit stating that wine should be drunk at 10-13 degrees not the “sweltering” 25-35 degrees it is often served at in the country, according to the user.

Another said the temperature of wine impacts flavour “in a similar way to cheese” and one said it didn’t matter what was expected or appropriate, the customer had paid and should expect it to be served how they preferred.

The receipt note was also described as lacking “basic human respect” and “amateur” although it was also called “absolutely hilarious” and the member of staff called a “legend”.

A statement from The Cornish Arms to Australia’s 7News said: “Staff were spoken to and reminded of their workplace responsibilities and the junior staff member then came forward to management and was very apologetic, not realising it would print on the customer’s receipt.

“Her comment in no way reflects the values of The Cornish Arms and we will continue to educate and train staff to ensure the business evolves.”

The story follows the news that famous chef and broadcaster Dave Chang announced on his podcast that putting ice into wine was “delicious” and something which he would now do all-year around. He also posted a video on TikTok drinking Criterion Pinot Grigio Fruili Grave, a white wine from Fruili-Venezia Giulia in Northern Italy, in a tumbler over ice.

@davidchangwhite wine on ice♬ original sound – Dave Chang

According to Chang, the founder of Michelin-starred Momofuku and star of Netflix’s Ugly Delicious said that putting ice into his wine made him feel like he had done “something horribly wrong”, but that it also made it “so delicious” and taste “like gold”.

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