Best way to quickly chill a bottle of wine

In the heat of summer (extreme heat if you’re in the NW), we often find ourselves wanting a cold glass of wine, but realizing we lacked the foresight to have put one in the fridge earlier that day. In which case we need some fast measures to chill that bottle. Here are some of my favorite ways to do that.

Ice bucket & water – The most effective method is to fill a bucket with ice and some water and submerge your bottle in it for 10 – 20 minutes. Ice won’t cut it – you must add water to make it work and work faster.

Frozen bottle – You may be lacking ice or bucket or both. For these cases, keep an empty wine bottle in the freezer and pour the new wine into that (or at least enough for a couple of glasses). It won’t be ice cold, but it will cool down in about 10 minutes.

Ice Jacket – Invest in an ice jacket or two. Keep them in the freezer and when your need to chill that bottle down, slip it on the bottle AND put the bottle in the freezer (with jacket on) for about 10 minutes.

Ice cubes – It may seem wrong, but remember that wine is mostly water, so if you’re not digging deep into the cellar, throw an ice cube or two into that glass to cool it down. Think of it this way – If it’s not a wine you can put an ice cube in, it’s worth the wait to cool down… 

2 thoughts on “Best way to quickly chill a bottle of wine”

  1. just a little add on, if you put the bottle into a ice bucket, with water as the post mentioned, you could speed it up even more by adding salt, which causes a chemical reaction lowering the temperature… and if you spin the bottle it causes the wine to circulate more on the inside of the bottle therefore chilling it a little faster… it’s on old bartenders trick

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  2. I can’t buy really cheap wine unless it tastes to my liking. There are inexpensive wines that are really good! I look for good wine at reasonable prices. Not over the top, under $15.00. Life is too short to drink really crap wine! Buy good quality. It doesn’t have to break your bank!

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