5 Ways to Chill your Wine

Don't drown your drink with ice water, use one of these great ideas to keep your favorite summer tipple cool and refreshing!

 


We all know that wine should be served at the correct temperature, but sometimes that can be a challenge. Consider summer for example. There you are enjoying your favorite wine, and POW! Mother nature pulls a fast one on you and gets it all warm, diffuse, and unbalanced. What's a wine lover to do?
 
The easy way out is to drop an ice cube in your wine, which in and of itself isn't exactly the end of the world, but sometimes you just don't want to dilute all the flavor and intensity your favorite winemakers have worked so hard to capture. In that case some ingenuity is needed, and we've got a few suggestions for you! Check out some of these cool gifts designed to keep your summer sipping refreshingly chilled all summer long!
 

Whisky Stones

Yes I can see that these are obviously designed for whisky, but what makes them great for chilling whiskey also makes them perfect for your favorite wines. These soapstone cubes are easy to freeze and reuse. At $22 for six cubes, or $20 for two “MAX" cubes these may sound expensive but you'll only have to pay once for a lifetime of properly chilled wine and whisky!
 
 
 
 

Nordic Rocks

For those of you in the UK, or traveling there you might also be interested in so-called Nordic Rocks. Originally released in sets of ten, these "pollution free" stones are similar to Whisky Stones, but seem to be even more expensive. At $25 for five stones I'd be searching the shelves for any remaining ten packs that might be floating around the marketplace!
 
 
 

Found Rocks

Well, it looks like just about any good rock might be a candidate for chilling your drink. Something clean, wash it well now, and smooth seems to be a good bet here. While I'm not recommending that you start putting frozen rocks in your wine glass, that's not to say that I'm not about to try it. A stop off at my local gardening supply house will probably yield me pounds of 1 1/2 inch river stones for just a few bucks! That's worth testing out!
 
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A pain in the Glass

Why all this talk of rocks anyway you ask? Why not go upscale and opt instead for easy to clean, beautifully colored glass "stones"? I can't think of a good reason not to at least try these out, and I even found ones that are heart shaped. So cute!
 
 

Ravi

Of course while we're going down the rustic path to wine chilling someone has already invented a way to chill each pour of wine, which might work in the great outdoors. The Ravi wine pourer is designed to chill your wine as it flows from the bottle, taking all the stones and rocks out of the equation and leaving you with a glass of pure refreshment. Still there is something to be said for the whole hunter gather option but this will probably impress your guests more!
 
 
 
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  • Snooth User: BenLCW
    Hand of Snooth
    173303 16

    How about frozen seedless grapes? Eat them when you finish the wine.

    Jun 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM


  • Snooth User: Mark Suss
    951226 137

    I have the whiskey stones and they didn't work great getting my whites to the temperature I like but I found "wine drops" and they worked great.

    Jun 17, 2013 at 1:05 PM


  • Snooth User: Jeanne A
    1299262 18

    We just tried frozen grapes...the grapes do thaw, but kept the wine cool a bit longer.

    Jun 17, 2013 at 3:52 PM


  • Snooth User: bkaron
    1299908 25

    There are dozens of clear and colored plastic or composite ice cubes available on the market. Other then the silly colors 9and hey are still silly colors in my ice tea or iced coffee) they work well. The colors allow them to be rechilled in my cube bin in the fridge and allow me to find them to add to my glass or thermos.

    Jun 17, 2013 at 4:14 PM


  • Make sure you're not using your good Riedel with all of these rocks! They are strong, but will definitely scratch.

    Jun 18, 2013 at 8:36 AM


  • Snooth User: katchen
    233270 15

    Do frozen rocks chip your teeth? I find the idea of the wine drops or corkcicle or even a (gasp) ice bucket more appealing than damaged wine glasses and potentially teeth.

    Jun 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM


  • I vote for the frozen grapes. The ones in AZ right now are flavorless flame reds, and sour greens @ ~$1.49. We have to cool the reds as well out here in the desert!

    Jun 20, 2013 at 9:27 AM


  • Snooth User: mrspc50
    1304049 18

    Ive been doing the frozen grapes for years. Love it - especially since Im a white wine girl!

    Jun 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM


  • Snooth User: chdgrffs
    355061 1

    These all sound like very charming ways to cool wine but I do it the old fashion way...in my wine chiller on my private Gulfstream G650 or when at home I have the staff ordered to chill it for me whether I be in Tuscany, Nice or vacationing in the Maldives. Call me old fashion I guess....

    Aug 03, 2013 at 5:23 PM


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