The Best Way to Chill Wine– in 7 Minutes Flat!

There’s nothing better than coming home from a long day of work with a fancy bottle of white wine in hand. That is, unless, said wine is lukewarm and not chilled! We all hate having to stick wine in the fridge for hours, so here’s a cool tip courtesy of our friends over at Food52. If you complete this SUPER simple task, we guarantee that your wine will go from tepid to chilled in just 7 minutes!

Before I outline this nifty beverage hack for you, let’s review a quick lesson on optimal wine drinking temperatures first. Perhaps you weren’t aware of the fact that these temperatures can truly make or break a wine’s overall flavor profile.

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We all know that white wines should be chilled, and red wines should be room temperature, but according to Vine Pair, it’s a bit more complicated than that. So, if you want to really impress your friends at your next dinner party, be sure that you follow this handy guide:
  1. Serve sparkling wine (that includes champagne!) ICE COLD

    This means anywhere between 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Our source suggests placing the sparkling white in the freezer for NO LONGER than 1 hour before consuming. Easy peasy!

  2. Serve white wine and rosé COLD

    Contrary to popular belief, white wine and sparkling wine should be served at different temperatures. Always aim to serve these ones between 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

  3. Serve red wine COOL but not warm

    If you store your wine in a hot area, it’s best to cool it down before serving it. Red wine should always be sipped at a temperature between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now that we know the best temperatures in which to drink our favorite wines, let’s talk about what you’ve all been waiting for: how to chill them quickly!

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The most rudimentary way to do this is by wetting a wad of paper towels with cold water, wrapping them around the bottle, then sticking your newly-mummified wine in the freezer for about seven minutes. When you open the freezer back up, just tear the frozen towels off of your wine bottle, pop the cork, and enjoy.

Now, as I said, that is the most rudimentary way to complete this tip. The culinary geniuses at Food52 made a good point in saying that, though this method works well for some bottles, you may find that it needs some modifications.

For instance, not all wine bottles come in the same size, and, as we mentioned before, not all should be consumed at exactly the same temperature. Luckily, our source did all of the hard work for us! Check out their article here. There, you’ll see even more in-depth tips on how to chill your wine using just some water, your freezer, and towels.

What do you think of this wine chilling method? Have you tried this before yourself and, if so, were you happy with your results? What’s your favorite type of wine to drink during these cold winter months? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!