Enjoying a refreshing, perfectly chilled glass of wine is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Postponing your enjoyment for one or two hours while it chills in the refrigerator is not -- especially after a long day.
Of course, wine stores have coolers where they keep a few bottles, and you could easily purchase one of those. But, what if they haven’t stocked your favorite Sauvignon Blanc? What do you do?
Kick it old school in a pinch.
There are plenty of ways to get your wine quickly and perfectly chilled at home without adding ice to your glass. (Imagine diluting your drink and changing the flavor. The horror!) You can speed up the time it takes for a bottle to chill with items you may already have on hand.
The paper towel method--Soak two to three paper towels in cold water. They should be wet, but not dripping. Wrap them around the bottle and place in the freezer. Expect to enjoy your chilled bottle in 20 to 30 minutes
The salt and ice water method--Caterers and restaurants have used this method for years. Fill a bowl or wine bucket with ice and add enough water to cover. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of salt over the ice and give it a good stir. Next, immerse your bottle in the bath. Within 30 minutes, you should have a chilled bottle of wine. Added tip: this is a great method for quickly icing down multiple warm drinks for a party. Just remember to increase the amount of salt.
Frozen grapes--Here’s a tip. When you buy grapes at the grocery store, place a handful in a zipper bag and throw them in the freezer. You’ll have them on hand for the next time you’re in this predicament and you can enjoy a glass while the remainder of the bottle cools down in the fridge or freezer.
Innovative alternatives? Yes, please!
If 30 minutes is still too long to wait, you may want to invest in a countertop rapid chiller. These easy-to-use small appliances work along the same premise as the ice and water method, but don’t require salt and take a lot less time.
The Epicurianist Quick Chill Wine Bucket looks like a space-age ice bucket with color-changing LED lights. The bucket comes with two sized bottle holders that can accomodate the 750 ML bottle and the larger 1.5 L. Place the bottle in the bucket (make sure you use the correct holder) add water and ice, set the timer, and in 15 minutes, you’re ready to enjoy.
Still too long? Cooper Cooler offers a range of quick chillers that can get your bottle perfect in six minutes. Simply place the bottle in the holder, add water and ice, close the lid and press the “bottle” button. The chiller gets your wine at a tasty temperature in no time. It cools down other drinks as well, with canned beverages chilling in a speedy one minute! One considerable drawback is that larger bottles of wine and some sparkling wines may not fit in the unit.
Whether you use the DIY wine chilling method or invest in a time-saving appliance, waiting hours for a perfectly chilled bottle is a thing of the past. You’re welcome!