Imagine when that time comes when the urge of a cold Riesling or Moscato is raving wild. But guess what? All your bottles are at room temperature. What do you do? Any rescue tip on this? Maybe shove your wine in the freezer? That’s risky. You don’t want to cause an explosion. What about adding some ice cubes? Nope, that will kill the crispy taste of wine. Then what?
Honestly, not all wine enthusiasts own a wine fridge. If you are one of them, it is obligatory to have some chilling wine fast hacks. Right? Maybe you got a few tricks that you learned after finding yourself in a wine situation. If not, don’t worry.
We are here to show you some practical methods of getting yourself a chilled Cardinale in minutes.
1. Immerse the wine bottle in a full ice bucket of water and salt.
One of the typical ways of serving chilled wine, especially if you are hosting, is an ice bucket. Use galvanized metal or a large stockpot to fit a variety of bottles.
Get a bag of ice and fill your bucket halfway so that you can leave some space for the bottlenecks. Add some salt to one gallon of water; four tablespoons of salt to one gallon of water should be fine. But how and why does salt make ice colder? Well, It helps to lower the freezing point of water. And that gets your white wine chilled to the right serving temperature. As the ice water circulates, the wine cools quite first. The freezing point of wine tends to be 15 to 20 degrees F.
2. Plop some frozen grapes into your glass of wine.
Frozen grapes are a neat hack for chilling wines and complement the drinks too. They work the same way the ice cubes do, except you will get a bonus once they melt, rather than having a diluted wine.
3. Wrap your bottle in a wet towel and then place it into the freezer.
Paper towels or cheesecloth are the super deal here. Immerse it in a bucket of cold water, or run them underwater. Then wrap the towel around your bottle and put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Our mission is to speed up the cooling process by water evaporation.
4. Use chilled metal wine stones in your wine glass.
Wine pearls are becoming quite common since people discovered them. They are made of hand-polished stainless steel and come with a freezing gel inside that adds a cooling effect to your glass of wine. The pearls can keep your drink cold for an hour, which means you can finish it at the right temperature.
5. Ziplock your Wine
Wine in a ziplock? That does not sound appealing. Right? But you can get your wine chilled in 2 minutes. First, prepare an ice bath. Then pour your wine bottle into a re-sealable zipper bag, then put your zipper in the ice bath. In such a short time, your wine gets chilled up to 58 degrees.
6. Ice Bath Method
Ever thought of using your dishpan for anything else other than food? You will learn how to chill wine using this simple hack; Fill your pan with ice and add water. These will have your wine chilled to the right serving temperature in 11-13 minutes. As per “high aspect ratio cooling,” placing the bottles horizontally in an ice bath helps them to cool faster.
7. Pour in Wine Glasses and Refrigerate
If you don’t mind opening your wine first to chill your wine in glasses, then this is a reliable hack to try. We choose to use glass because it is thinner than a bottle of wine, and it would take a shorter time to chill. So, pour the wine into a wine glass, cover it with a plastic wrap to reduce oxidation, and prevent any odor from getting inside. In half an hour, you should be enjoying an ice-colddrink, while a refrigerator takes 90 minutes to chill an entire bottle.
8. Use a chilled wine bottle spout that cools the wine as you pour.
It is a straightforward method where you first put a spout on a decanter or top of bottle. Then as you pour the wine through the spout, it comes out chilled.
9. Use a Corkcicle
Almost similar to a spout, but this goes inside the bottle to the bottom. You can replace the wine cork with this Corkcicle and pour yourself a chilled wine glass without uncorking.
10. Spinning Method
You are likely to have fun spinning a wine bottle in an ice bath. The process causes multi-directional accelerated convection to the wine and the icy water around the bottle—heat transfer rate increases by at least 20 times.
For this process to be successful, pour some water into a large bucket, and add ½ lb of salt. Mix the solution thoroughly to ensure a complete salt dilution. Now add some ice to the salt-water, and keep stirring until thick slush forms. Submerge the wine bottle (s) into the solution you made, and spin bottles of wine by holding their top while the other part stays submerged. White wine will need 3 minutes of spinning while red requires 2 minutes.
Now you know how to quickly chill wine with these quick hacks that prove to work faster than a freezer? To be precise, it takes 40 minutes to chill a bottle of wine in a freezer, while our other simple methods take a fraction of that. To sum it up, it takes 11-13 minutes to cool wine in ice water when laid horizontally, 6-8 minutes when using salted ice water, and 2-3 minutes by a spinning method.